Queenstown, New Zealand is an Excellent January Escape

- Melissa Mewdell,
The Hills Golf Course, New Zealand

The Hills Golf Course, New Zealand

If you’re thinking about visiting Queenstown, New Zealand, January 2010 is the time to be there. Why? There’s a million things to do in this gorgeous place during the summer, no matter what you’re in to.

Horse Racing in New ZealandAside from amazing scenery, tasty wine and friendly people, artistic types will love the month long arts and culture festival, Summerdaze, which takes place between December 31 and January 31, 2010. It’s a major local event, so visitors to New Zealand’s lovely Queenstown will get to rub shoulders with many of the people who live and work in the area.

Golf lovers will definitely want to be at The Michael Hill New Zealand Open (the country’s premier golf tournament), which takes place from January 28 to January 31, 2010. The tournament takes place at the Hills Golf Course in Arrowtown, which is about half an hour away from Queenstown.

Horse enthusiasts get something too – Glenorchy Race Day on January 2, 2010. This event includes races like “walk trot gallop”, “trotting cup”, “relay race”, “double banking”, “ladies gallop” and more. Anyone with a horse can register – but this event attracts a serious crowd and competition is high.

Queenstown, New Zealand is home to some of the world’s best boutique hotels. Here are some of our favorites:


The Spire Hotel

The Spire Queenstown was just voted Australasia’s Leading Boutique Hotel at the World Travel Awards 2009, and it’s easy to see why: Chic, charming and centrally located, this gorgeous New Zealand hotel was designed with the sophisticated, design-loving traveler in mind. Think spacious guest rooms, stone fireplaces, large balconies and excellent service and you’re brushing the surface of what this hotel has to offer.

Azur Hotel in New Zealand

Private and intimate experiences are Azur’s specialty. This Queenstown boutique hotel is composed of nine spacious villas overlooking the lake and mountains. This gorgeous resort is all about the views, so be sure to make use of your private deck and lounge area to make the most out of your stay here.

Blanket Bay Hotel in New Zealand

Blanket Bay
Situated right at the edge of a brilliantly blue lake, Blanket Bay is right in the middle of a green valley between snow-capped mountain peaks. Ideal for outdoorsy types, and people who really enjoy the natural beauty of New Zealand, Blanket Bay cleaned up in the awards category this year, earning the title of “New Zealand’s Best Regional Property” at the HM Awards 2009 and was voted the best leisure hotel in Australasia and the South Pacific in the Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards 2009. We wrote about Blanket Bay’s 2009 awards on the blog earlier this year.

  1. heather says:

    Queenstown is a great place to stay with heaps of adevnture activities from wild to mild, lots of history great scenery and there are direct flights into Queenstown.