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Holiday Homes in Queenstown – in a Nutshell

Welcome to 5 Star Villa Holidays, the No.1 website for renting your luxury Holiday Home in Queenstown. 5 Star Villas' Holiday Homes in Queenstown have been personally selected ensuring you, your family and friends can enjoy the perfect holiday in one of the best holiday destinations in the world.

For a small, pint-sized town, Queenstown certainly has it all. It is a premium all seasons resort located on New Zealand's south island. Known as the 'Adventure Capital of the World', thrill seekers and outdoor sports aficionados of all ages will certainly be spoilt for choice. But that's not all. Located in Central Otago, this impossibly beautiful scenic town offers the luxury, authenticity and sheer natural beauty that people might not think exists.

5 Star Villa Holidays' Top 3 Things to do in Queenstown

  • 1. A birds eye view of Queenstown
  • 2. Take a trip on the Earnslaw
  • 3. Experience one Adrenaline buzz activity

Queenstown – A birds eye view of Queenstown

Don't worry you don't have to jump out of a plane to get the bird's eye view of Queenstown!

Skyline Gondola - Observing the Queenstown scenery is even more incredible from a height. Why not hop on the Skyline gondola that will take you to a Queenstown view you will never forgot. There is a panoramic restaurant and bar at the top. The gondola is within walking distance from many of our luxury holiday homes in Queenstown.

Queenstown Hill - The Kiwi's passion for hiking and outdoor activities is infectious. When the panoramic view of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables awaits you, 5 Star Villa Holidays' says grab your walking boots.

It's easily accessible from your luxury Queenstown holiday home or from the city centre. A 15 minute incline will bring you to the 'Basket of Dreams'. Here relax, catch your breathe and drink in the most magnificent lake and mountain views.

Ben Lomond Track - If you and your family and friends prefer a little more of a challenge, follow the Ben Lomond Track that begins near the gondola. The last pitch of the 1,200m hike is very steep but ultimately rewarding and worthwhile.

Paragliding - For the adrenaline seekers, experience the ultimate freeflight – a paraglide. This is a truly amazing activity. The birds eye view of Queenstown is nothing short of mesmerising as you sit high in the sky!

Helicopter Flights and Tours - There is no shortage of helicopter tours in Queenstown. This is the ultimate experience witnessing Queenstown and many neighbouring iconic attractions from a height. You are guaranteed to be in awe of Queenstown views when soaring from above.

Queenstown – Fun for the Kids

Queenstown – Luging The skyline gondola will lead you and your family to this fun activity! This thrilling experience is for all ages and abilities. After your quick induction, select your luging track and off you go! The fun and exhilarating buzz will take you around an 800m track. Jump on the chair lift that will take you back to the start and you can begin again! The race is on!

Wanaka – Puzzle World Puzzle World is located in Wanaka. A smaller version of Queenstown located only an hour away. This is hands down one of the best family days out. This truly iconic and unique attraction has entertained people of all ages since 1973.

The Great Maze (Labyrinth) is an intriguing challenge while the rooms of illusion are all illusions in their own right. Together with the Leaning Tower and Puzzle Centre you and your family will be baffled for hours! The car journey chat back to your holiday home in Queenstown will certainly be an interesting one!

Queenstown – Site Trampoline Need the kids to release some of that energy? Why not take a trip to Site Trampoline. It's ideally located in Frankton, minutes from Queenstown city centre. Some of the exhilarating activities include trampoline, mini bouncers, parkour & freerun. If some of the children or children at heart want to practice their snowboarding or skiing skills without the snow and safety gear, trampolines and foam pit and airbags are available to cushion the fall!

Queenstown – Kiwi Birdlife Park Come and see New Zealand native bird at Kiwi Birdlife Park. There are also plenty of other native species that call this park home. There are daily shows where you can see the birds fly and get fed. The audio guide available allows you to learn some interesting facts as it guides you and your family around the 28 stations in the park.

Queenstown – The Earnslaw Steam Boat Queenstown is certainly a multigenerational travel destination and stepping on board the TSS Earnslaw steam boat from Queenstown to Walter's Peak High Country farm is certainly for all the family.

While cruising down Lake Wakatipu, explore the engine room and museum. Relax on the top deck with a coffee or an alcoholic beverage while listening to the pianist and taking in the spectacular alpine scenery. Take the lunch time cruise. Enter Walter's Peak restaurant where you will be served a mouth water BBQ. After lunch, stroll over to the farm where you can see some real life sheep farm activities going on!

Queenstown – Disc / Frisbee Golf A fun activity for all the family. Queenstown frisbee golf is located in Queenstown gardens. Buy some frisbees and make your way around the 'golf course' with a difference!

Queenstown – Winery Tour

Central Otago is famous for its exceptional Pinot Noir. No holiday to Queenstown is complete without at least one winery tour! Gibbston Valley Winery is a must. The Gibbston Valley Winery Bike Tour is a great way to explore Central Otago and admire the landscape, stopping off at taverns, cafes and wineries along the way!

If an exclusive wine tour experience tickles your taste buds, opt for a private wine tour. You can leave it up to the experts or choose the wineries you would like to visit. You can also decide the mode of transport you wish to take to and from your Queenstown holiday home. The bike tour may be a good idea to begin with, however a van home may be the safer option!

Queenstown – Golf

Queenstown Golf Club is internationally renowned as the most scenic golf course in New Zealand. With dramatic scenery of lakes and mountains, is it any wonder?

Jack's Point Golf Course, like Queenstown golf course also has a backdrop of 2300 vertical metres of the Remarkables mountain range and a view of an outstanding lake panoramas.

The Hills Golf Course, Arrowtown - This exclusive club hosted New Zealand Open in 2007. Another challenging championship course ideal for golfers of all abilities, with majestic views of lakes, mountains and waterways.

If taking your shot from 4,500ft is on your bucket list, then Queenstown is the place to do it! A once in a lifetime golf experience that requires a helicopter, your driver and a few golf balls!

Queenstown – Hidden Gems

Perky's Boat – stationed on Lake Wakatipu. This charming cafe/bar serves hot & cold drinks and alcoholic beverages. Sit on the top deck and sip a glass of Pinot Noir and take in the most beautiful surroundings while chatting with friends and family.

Dorothy Brown's Cinema, Arrowtown. A boutique cinema located in a quaint town 20 minutes from Queenstown. A truly enjoyable cinema experience. You won't find the latest movies here but you will find the classics. Order some wine and a cheese board, kick off your shoes, sit back in your comfortable armchair and enjoy the show! Book in advance or arrive early because seating is limited.

Cardrona Hotel, Crown Range Road Located 20 minutes from Wanaka and 40 minutes from Queenstown Cardrona Hotel is one of the oldest and most iconic hotels in New Zealand. How will you find it? Well when you spot the controversial 'Bra fence' on the opposite side of the road, you'll know you've arrived! A wonderful place to savour gastro pub grub with spectacular views and a cozy atmosphere.

Queenstown – To the Bar!

No matter what time of the year you and your family stay in a holiday home in Queenstown, you are guaranteed to find a heart warming and friendly atmosphere in the bars and restaurants. Some of 5 Star Villa Holidays' favourite bars include;

Habana, Queenstown - A tiny bar with a big menu. This boutique bar will serve you more than 70 types of rum. Not at once! Their cocktails are delicious. And if you're lucky, you can hear some live music.

Smith's Craft Beer, Queenstown - Looking for a beer with a difference? Look no further! Serving great craft beer and delicious food.

Blue Door, Arrowtown - Two arched doors will lead you into thee most quaint bar in Central Otago! With a roaring fire, leather arm chairs and an extensive drinks menu sit back and enjoy the cosy ambience.

Sundeck, Queenstown - Their motto is 'Meet Early / Stay Late'. Enjoy the evening sun with a delightful drink in front of the open fire. The atmosphere is relaxed and warm but if you do feel the chill, grab a cosy blanket!

The Bunker Bar, Queenstown - A cosy and intimate lounge bar offering the very best cocktails. Late in the night, The Bunker becomes home to the town's luxury house music.

Queenstown – Gastronomy

The Bunker Restaurant, Queenstown - A hidden gem serving fine dining at it's best. Distinct New Zealand flavoured dishes and delicious dessert cocktails. A gastronomy experience you will relish forever!

Ferg, Queenstown - No Queenstown holiday is complete without a trip to Ferg Burger. There is a very good chance you'll have to queue, but these world famous burgers are worth the wait. Ask the fluffers for recommendations. And if there's room for dessert, pop into Ferg Bakery for a delicious pastry or Mrs Ferg for their equally famous gelato!

Jervois Steak House, Queenstown - 'The steakhouse to end all arguments'! What else can we say? A premium steak house with a menu like a guide, explaining the most delectable meats, cuts and where they've come for. Make no mistake, this restaurant is a celebration for meat lovers.

Botswana Butchery, Queenstown - A historic cottage located on Queenstown's waterfront. The food is equally as mind blowing as the views. A beautiful dining experience with outstanding service.

La Rumbla, Arrowtown - A buzzing vibe compliments the diverse dishes from Mexico, Spain, France and New Zealand. The dishes are served as tapas so you can share with family or friends!

Saffron, Arrowtown - Sumptuous menu offering exceptional local and seasonal dishes. This sparking establishment makes for the perfect dining experience.

Adventure Capital of the World

Queenstown, New Zealand known as 'The Adventure Capital of the World'. You and your family can experience an adrenaline buzz every day of your holiday! Shotover street is ideally located close to all our luxury Holiday Homes in Queenstown. Along this street you will see the endless number of stores offering the latest experiences and activities in Queenstown.

Luxury Villas Queenstown

If you and your family are looking for the perfect luxury villa in Queenstown, we offer an extensive range of luxury villas in a variety of styles and sizes. 5 Star Luxury villas are ideally located in Queenstown with breathtaking views of the Remarkable Mountains and Lake Wakatipu. These luxury villas cater from 2 people up to parties of 12. Ask our travel experts for assistance in choosing the perfect luxury villa for you and your family or friends.

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