Eichardt's Private Hotel

Eichardt's history dates back to the gold rush of the 1860s, when Queenstown's founder, William Rees, built a woolshed on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Today this property is luxury in the middle of town- with easy access to shopping and restaurants.

The property now consists of Suites, Apartments, The Residence and a new 2600-sq.-ft Penthouse addition, Eichardt's Private Hotel in downtown Queenstown is one of the larger luxury accommodations in town. However, the size of the property does not mean a loss of focus on luxury appointments, as it provides top service and a great location to explore the town. Dining options include the Eichardt's bar and The Grille- both being great places to relax and people watch, with large open-air windows to the lake.

Suites provide either views over Lake Wakatipu, or the town and surrounding mountains. All are equipped with super king beds and personal living space featuring a fireplace and deluxe mini bar. The suites offer a dressing room and bathroom with double vanity, separate shower, heated mirror and floor. An integrated entertainment system and business desk with complimentary WiFi are also included.

The apartments are a 250-ft.-walk from the hotel. Perfect for larger parties, multiple couples traveling together and families, they are split-level and can be interconnected to form a large single space. The same great views over Lake Wakatipu and surrounding mountains create the comfort of home while still providing use of all the hotel facilities, including concierge services.

The Residence, a short walk from the hotel, is a massive three-level accommodation with three bedrooms and a cinema. Ideal for larger families, on the top floor the master suite has floor-to-ceiling windows, which open to a private balcony. There are also large balconies on the lower floors- perfect for relaxing and central to downtown Queenstown.

Customer reviews

We have returned from our trip to New Zealand, which went very well. I want to thank you for your expert help in planning the trip according to our interests. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time and loved the beauty of the South Island.... many thank you's for your able assistance in tailoring the perfect trip for us.

—Karen F., Moraga, CA

We had a spectacular time on our trip after leaving Port Douglas and all the arrangements that you made for us came off without a hitch. All flights and transportation that you arranged were on time and we were well taken care of at all the places we went to.

The Boatshed was incredible. We met Johnathan and had a small dinner with him on our second night. We were the only guests at the hotel and he and his staff just made us feel right at home. Jack and Jen, Johnathan’s staff, took us out to a couple of wineries and we had lunch together. When we got back Johnathan treated us to dinner prepared by his own self. Fantastic.

Next up was Napier/Hastings and the Craggy Range cottage. Excellent choice for us. We were close enough to Havelock North to be able to easily drive into the town and wander around. We went and played Cape Kidnapers as well. The course was wet so no carts were allowed out. Craggy Range winery was great to us and we had dinner at Terroire. Great staff and good eats to be sure. On to Queenstown.

What a wonderfully European feel Queenstown had. Small intimate streets and people all over the place. The Spire was perfect for us. Florence greeted us and was superlative in her suggestions and ideas for us to do. We did take a plane ride out to Milford Sound and the cruise. We went wine tasting and went to Amisfield for lunch where there was a spectacular sunset. It was so good that the staff came outside to take pictures. Simply wonderful. We took the gondola ride up the hill and enjoyed a glass of champagne while we took in the view. That was our last day and really enjoyable. We left the next day and flew back home.

Again, all the arrangements you made of us came off without a hitch. I even drove on the left side of the road without incident. It’s not so bad once you figure out the roundabouts. Thanks to you and your team for setting this up. Will highly recommend this service to our friends should they need to journey down under.

—​Bob E & Sharyn B, San Francisco