Queenstown has loads of LGBTQ friendly accommodation

With this pandemic dragging on and on who doesn't want to go somewhere relatively unscathed? The United States is the worst-affected nation by coronavirus and ask anyone Stateside these days and New Zealand, the land of the Long White Cloud all the way Down Under in the South Pacific / Oceania region, is a dream destination. Especially the beautiful, sparsely-populated city of Queenstown, a resort town in Otago in the south-west of New Zealand's South Island.

Eventually, New Zealand will open to vaccinated travelers, and to give you the jump we have some LGBTQ-friendly accommodation lined up in Queenstown, a resort town on the South island. Did you know that Queenstown and the surrounding area boast spectacular vistas and picture-postcard, unspoilt backdrops that were used for all three Lord of the Rings movies?

Here is a selection of recommended accommodation for when you do visit this part of the world:

Commonage Villas

Commonage Villas takes pride of place atop Queenstown Hill, every villa boasts breath taking views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains, while offering guests the privacy of an exclusive retreat, all within a stone's throw of downtown Queenstown.
For 5-star self-contained holiday accommodation in a truly captivating setting, Commonage Villas is Queenstown's best place to retreat, relax and recharge.
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Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa is positioned directly on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and showcases panoramic mountain views over an unspoilt landscape. Rooms and suites are spacious and elegant, with a warm, soulful aesthetic. The Hilton Lakeside Residences are spacious open-plan one and two bedroom residences with apartment style facilities.
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Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa

Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa where French antique chic sits aside New Zealand’s sophisticated modern designs at this centrally located boutique hotel. Providing exceptional personal service, the lobby and lounge flow into a resplendent reception enclave, invoking the panache of Paris and warm hospitality inherent to any Queenstown stay.

Queenstown House Boutique Bed & Breakfast and Apartments

Queenstown House Boutique Bed & Breakfast and Apartments overlooks Queenstown Bay, with majestic lake and mountain views - yet just 200 meters to the town centre. Voted one of the top 12 places to stay in NZ, so don't miss it!
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Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Heartland Hotel Queenstown will charm you with its distinctive design and friendly service. Close to all the action of this bustling resort town, you’ll also love this Queenstown hotel’s elevated position that provides spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu and the mountains. There’s something especially cosy and welcoming about A-Line style chalets in the hills, looking out on snow-capped mountains. Bookings - More info

Scenic Suites Queenstown

Scenic Suites Queenstown has one of the most desirable locations in the region. It’s just five minutes walk to the bustling town centre, yet the hotel’s elevated position gives commanding views over Lake Wakatipu and the Southern Alps. Combined with the convenience and quality of four-star apartment style accommodation, it’s hard to find more ideal accommodations in this neighborhood. Bookings - More info

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The Spire Hotel

The Spire Hotel is Queenstown's most prestigious award winning luxury hotel. Featuring ten stylishly comfortable guest rooms, a sleek cocktail bar, intimate fine dining restaurant and executive boardroom. The Spire Queenstown is the perfect base from which to work and play in New Zealand's premier alpine resort.
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Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown

Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown is situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu, Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown boasts breathtaking views over the lake and surrounding mountains. Queenstown's largest hotel is just a 5-minute flat walk along the Lakefront to the centre of town; with the airport only a 10-minute scenic drive away.
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Ferry Bed & Breakfast

Ferry Bed & Breakfast is a historic Bed and Breakfast accommodation situated in a delightful sunny rural area just 10 minutes from Queenstown, 5 minutes to Airport & central to all attractions and amenities. The Guesthouse has a delightful guest lounge/dining room with huge log burner and is comfortable & old worldly.
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Trelawn Place

Trelawn Place is a country home and Bed and Breakfast only 5 minutes (4km) drive from central Queenstown. 11 km from the Queenstown Airport. (15 minutes) We offer all the peace and privacy of a tranquil retreat. The delightful 2 acre cottage garden is on the edge of the famous Shotover river and surrounded by dramatic mountains. The Coronet Peak ski field is the major part of our panoramic river view.
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Nomads Queenstown Backpackers

Nomads Queenstown Backpackers is a purpose-built hostel in a great location with amazing facilities – like a cinema, fireplace and sauna for apres skiing, plus free coffee, tea and light breakfast and evening meal. It has a variety of room types from small and large dorms with or without ensuite to private ensuite rooms with wide screen Sky TV.
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The third iteration in WhistlePig’s Single Barrel PiggyBack Legends Series, the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is bottled at 96.77 proof, a nod to Valtteri Bottas’ racing number, 77, and the precision of racing. Inspired by Zhou Guanyu, the first Chinese F1 driver, this Rye Whiskey is finished with lychee and oolong tea. Herbal and floral notes of the oolong tea complement the herbaceous notes of WhistlePig’s signature PiggyBack 100% Rye, rounded out with a juicy tropical fruit finish and a touch of spice.

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Open less than two years, Descanso Resort offers gay men a relaxing and luxurious boutique hotel experience just minutes away from Palm Springs' buzziest restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping. Descanso has quickly established itself as a top destination for sophisticated gay travelers, earning hundreds of 5-star guest reviews and consistently ranking in Trapadvisor's top positions alongside brother properties Santiago Resort and Twin Palms Resort.

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