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I stayed in Queenstown, New Zealand for four nights, and I knew as soon as I landed at the airport that it would not be nearly enough. It’s a gorgeous area, and a perfect place for a vacation, no matter the season.
I had booked a room in the Queenstown Motel Apartments for my entire stay via Agoda.com. Aside from a little bit of road noise on a rainy night, it was quiet. It’s about a 10-15 minute walk from the city centre of Queenstown, but the walk is nice, and the motel’s location is a 2 minute walk away from Lake Wakatipu. This is the view from across the road from the motel.
Getting to the hotel from the airport was easy. There was an airport bus that runs often to the city center, and there was a stop just across the street. If you’re driving around New Zealand, there is parking available on site.
Dianne, the owner, checked me in and gave me lots of information about the area. She asked if I wanted any milk for tea or coffee in my room, or if there was anything else she could help with. The Queenstown Motel Apartments are family-run, and it shows with their excellent customer service. I felt like I was at home. Even though I didn’t need much else during my stay, and I left on Christmas Day, so I didn’t see anyone when I left, I know that I would have been taken care of had I needed anything. My room was in a separate, single floor building toward the front of the property.
As for the room, it was spacious and had everything I needed. Since I was working remotely, it was great that there was a desk area, plus another table I could work at.
If you want to save money in Queenstown by making some of your own food, there are mini-fridges and microwaves in the small kitchens.
There was even a small shared patio out back.
One of the highlights was the amazing shower. It wasn’t a massaging head or anything like that, but the water pressure & temperature were great. After all of the traveling I had been doing to get to New Zealand, plus all the hiking I would do while in the Queenstown area, it was much needed.
I had booked my stay at the Queenstown Motel Apartments early, since I knew it was peak season. By doing so, Dianne said I had gotten a pretty good deal. If you’re looking for a place to stay in Queenstown during the holidays, or any other busy tourist season, I recommend booking early as well. There are other hotels that are closer to the city center, but they are either much more expensive, and/or they aren’t as nice and quiet.
I enjoyed my stay at the Queenstown Motel Apartments, and I would gladly stay there again someday when I return to Queenstown.
Read below for all of my posts about my trip around the Pacific Rim!
A trip around the Pacific Rim – Introduction
OneWorld Business Lounge Los Angeles LAX review
Cathay Pacific Business Class Boeing 777-300ER Los Angeles LAX to Hong Kong HKG review
Cathay Pacific Business Class Airbus A330 Hong Kong HKG to Kuala Lumpur KUL review
Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral review
A layover in Kuala Lumpur – Street markets & Petronas Towers
Cathay Pacific Lounge Kuala Lumpur KUL satellite review
Plaza Premium Lounge Kuala Lumpur KUL review
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge Kuala Lumpur KUL satellite review
Malaysia Airlines Business Class Airbus A330-300 Kuala Lumpur KUL to Auckland AKL review
Air New Zealand Economy Class Airbus A320 Auckland AKL to Queenstown ZQN review
Queenstown Motel Apartments – Queenstown, New Zealand review
Queenstown, New Zealand – A Lord of the Rings tour
Day trip from Queenstown, New Zealand – Milford Sound
Queenstown, New Zealand – Skyline Queenstown
Craft beer in Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown to Franz Josef, New Zealand by bus
Hiking to Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
Franz Josef to Nelson, New Zealand by bus
Fellworth House – Nelson, New Zealand review
A beer & wine tour through Nelson, New Zealand
The best craft beer in Nelson, New Zealand
Nelson to Wellington, New Zealand by bus and ferry via Picton
A nerdy day at Weta Workshop in Wellington, New Zealand
Exploring the museums & parks of Wellington, New Zealand
The best craft beer in Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington to Auckland, New Zealand by bus
New Year’s Eve in Auckland, New Zealand
A rainy New Year’s Day at the Auckland War Memorial Museum
A rainy day at the Auckland Art Gallery & New Zealand Maritime Museum
The best craft beer in Auckland, New Zealand
Emperor Lounge Auckland AKL review
Malaysia Airlines Business Class Airbus A330-300 Auckland AKL to Kuala Lumpur KUL review
Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur review
A layover in Kuala Lumpur – Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia & Jalan Alor
Malaysia Airlines Golden Regional Lounge Kuala Lumpur KUL review
Malaysia Airlines Business Class Boeing 737-800 Kuala Lumpur KUL to Hong Kong HKG review
A visit to Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong for dim sum
A rainy day in Hong Kong – Science Museum & Kau Kee noodles
Hong Kong – Victoria Peak & more great food
More dim sum in Hong Kong – Din Tai Fung & Dim Sum Square
A day trip to Macau from Hong Kong
Grand City Hotel Hong Kong review
The best craft beer in Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Cabin Business Class Lounge Hong Kong review
Cathay Pacific The Bridge Business Class Lounge Hong Kong review
Cathay Pacific Business Class Airbus A330-300 Hong Kong HKG to Osaka KIX via Taipei review
A layover in Osaka – Ramen, sushi, & exploring the city
JAL Sakura Lounge Osaka KIX review
JAL Business Class Boeing 787 Osaka KIX to Los Angeles LAX review
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