The Hilton Hotel, Queenstown

Luxury Adventures are doing a series of interviews with some of our key suppliers looking at the different aspects of their lives and how these influence the experiences they offer. The Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa is positioned directly on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

What sets The Hilton apart from other hotels in Queenstown? Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa is uniquely located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu for spectacular waterfront views, and offers a world-class spa facility with a heated indoor pool. 

Where do most of your guests at The Hilton originate from, do you have a large mix?  Guests come from all corners of the world to experience the Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa, with a heavy representation from New Zealand, Australia and America. 

There is alot on offer in Queenstown, for guests with say 3 days in the area what do you see as “must do” experiences for visitors?  A visit to the world-renowned ski fields of the Remarkables or Cardrona, is a must to take in mountainous views and snow runs. For those adrenalin enthusiasts, you can paraglide from Coronet Peak or jump on a jet boat ride along Kawarau River (made famous from The Lord of the Rings movies) for unforgettable experiences. For a more leisurely pace, a visit to Skyline is a perfect choice to enjoy sweeping Queenstown views from the comfort of your Gondola.

The Hilton Hotel, Queenstown, view

What “little extras” can guests expect to find at the hotel?  The special touches that make the hotel a home away from home include a gas fireplace in every room to complement the modern alpine designs as well as a balcony to enjoy the sweeping mountain and lake views. There is also a drying facility for ski equipment.  

What are the accommodation options at the Hilton Queenstown?  Decorated in a contemporary alpine design with warm décor, all of the 178 spacious rooms include their own gas feature fireplace, LCD TV and oversized bathroom with separate shower and bath tub. Or spoil yourself in an expansive Suite or Residence Apartment with separate lounge area, private balcony with sweeping views, oversized bathroom, LCD TV and gas fire place. Residence Apartments provide the perfect home away from home with a fully equipped kitchen complete with laundry facilities.

If you had 14 days to see as much of NZ as possible, where would you visit? We recommend the same 13-day itinerary as the below from Tourism New Zealand. It provides among the best selection of locations and places to visit in New Zealand. 13 fit for a royal day self drive NZ trip. 

What are the dining options at The Hilton? The Wakatipu Grill is the hotel’s signature restaurant, offering an open kitchen, rotisserie, and two circular slate fireplaces in magnificent, contemporary surroundings. Dine on New Zealand flavors and sip on a glass of wine from the vast wine cellar. Enjoy a gourmet pizza on the sunny deck at Stacks Pub, or a perfect espresso at The Lake Counter Café and Corner store.

Room example at The Hilton Hotel, Queenstown

For guests wanting to dine in Queenstown, which restaurants do you usually recommend? Botswana Butchery – with the emphasis on fun, innovative dining, Botswana Butchery’s diverse menu is all about flavour and has a strong focus on fine cut meats and locally sourced foods. Rata Restaurant – internationally recognized Michelin starred chef Josh Emett leads this restaurant with a neighbourhood feel, great service and delicious food.

The hotel has its own day spa, “eforea”, what is a signature treatment guests at the hotel should try?  A 60 or 90 minute Meditation Massage is the must try treatment for guests of eforea: spa at Hilton. With a focus on instilling a deep sense of mental and physical relaxation, this massage is perfectly suited to the overworked, overtired and sleep deprived guest. Deep flowing, nurturing and relaxing techniques are integrated to create a seamless and rhythmic body massage.  

What other facilities does the Hilton Queenstown boast? Take a relaxing dip any time of the year at Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa, where you’ll find Queenstown’s only 25m heated indoor pool. Work out with a few laps or just have a splash around with the kids. After a hard day’s adventuring, there’s nowhere better to warm up and soothe aching muscles than our large indoor spa pool. Or alternatively, ride the incredible Queenstown trails right next to the hotel on one of ChargeAbout’s European electric-assist mountain bikes. A full day rental enables riders to easily cover 70km of scenic off-road trails, with many recharge locations along the routes.  On these simple-to-use Bosch powered eBikes, cyclists of all levels can ride together to experience this breathtaking alpine region.

Another room example at The Hilton Hotel, Queenstown

Natasha Lloyd is the Leisure Sales Manager – New Zealand at The Hilton.

Kay Campbell is a luxury travel specialist at Luxury Adventures. Talk to us about planning your next visit to New Zealand, Australia or the South Pacific Islands.

Kay Campbell

Originally from the UK, I now call New Zealand my home, relocating 15 years ago with my husband and two children. I have been with Luxury Adventures for 15 years. When not planning perfect vacations and honeymoons for our clients, I enjoy running and recently completed the Queenstown marathon, along with reading, walking in the bush and on the beach with my two dogs and finding new favourite places in New Zealand.

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