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12 Queenstown Venues with Spectacular Views
by Raashka Mannie | 28 Jun 2022
If there’s one thing Queenstown does like none other, it’s looking picture perfect. Guests from far and wide come to marvel over the Remarkables, snowy hillsides and verdant vineyards. Throughout the thriving region of Queenstown, there are a variety of venues that offer spectacular views of it all, whether you’re after the gushing Kawarau River or snow-capped peaks in the afternoon light. We’ve got a list of 12 Queenstown venues featuring some of the most spectacular views in town, with natural beauty at the very core of their presentation. If you want even more venue choices, check out our complete Queenstown venue guide.
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Skyline Queenstown is here to offer, hands down, the most breathtaking views in all of Queenstown. Perched above the sparkling cityscape, this multifunctional venue can cater for up to 900 guests, with a committed and professional events team to help you plan and manage your event. They’re a 30-minute drive from Queenstown airport, and available for both partial and exclusive hire depending on the size and nature of your event. They offer bespoke catering, as well as special event activities if you require them. From cocktail parties to seminars, Skyline has a range of tailored packages to suit the tone of your function, all whilst enchanting your guests with views from above. Take in the mountain ranges, bustling city and crisp air with Skyline, Queenstown’s venue that’s head and shoulders above the rest.
Cloudy Bay Shed
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Cloudy Bay Shed offers beauty in every direction. Situated in Cromwell, this is actually the latest Cloudy Bay Tasting Room presented in modern style. Sleek, chic and entertaining up to 60 guests, this Queenstown venue is here to make a statement on behalf of your event. They offer sublime catering options, a curated selection of drinks, on-site parking and more. The team at Cloudy Bay Shed are consummate professionals, helping you to put together effortless functions in the heart of the country's wine region. During the warmer months, this Queenstown venue offers Jack's Raw Bar, a lovely outdoor garden restaurant, for your use. If you're after more tailor-made experiences at your event, you can book private tastings, vineyard tours and more to make things extra memorable.
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An exclusive and exciting experience awaits you at Moonlight Lodge. This is a Queenstown wedding venue designed to make your big day truly unforgettable. As a country lodge nestled deep in Ben Lomond Station, you'll be treated to awe-inspiring views, an unmatched atmosphere, luxurious accommodation and more. It hosts up to 26 guests, including on-site accommodation for all of them, surrounded by rugged terrain and complete privacy. Your Queenstown wedding can be the thing of dreams at this stunning venue. The talented team at Moonlight Lodge can help plan bespoke menus, coordinate your special day, arrange transport and more.
Blanket Bay Lodge
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Blanket Bay Lodge is known worldwide as one of New Zealand’s finest alpine lodges. Tucked away amongst snow-capped peaks, Blanket Bay Lodge has consistently been voted one of the world’s best lodges. They offer an elegant and intimate space for a host of event types, with luxury and nature at the heart of their appeal. Their primary function space, The Boardroom, has lovely views of the lake, with breakout rooms for further discussion, as well as audiovisual equipment, complimentary WiFi, secretarial services, an in-house conference coordinator, airport transfers and so much more. They offer exciting activities such as hiking, skydiving, horse riding, fly fishing, white water rafting and so much more. Blanket Bay Lodge is committed to giving your event a modern yet lush feel in the midst of nature.
NZ High Country
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NZ High Country is family-owned, bringing the rugged and stunning countryside of Queenstown to life. Choose between 4 extraordinary spaces within their expansive venue: Tussock Point, Merino Rise, Lake June and Country Courtyard. They’re a short drive from Queenstown and the airport, surrounded by the freshness of nature and panoramic views of mountain ranges. This venue boasts the very best when it comes to flexible and wholesome function spaces in Queenstown. Tussock Point, Merino Rise and Country Courtyard are ‘land-only’ options that serve as blank canvases to decorate with the colours of your event; Lake June offers a tad more structure, with a premium and permanent marquee equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows, but with total privacy. NZ High Country is eager to help you celebrate your special event amongst rolling hills and fresh air.
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Matakauri Lodge is here to offer mountaintops and luxury hand-in-hand. Overlooking the Remarkables, Cecil and Walter Peak, this lodge doubles as a venue that can host up to 60 guests. They’re a 25-minute drive from the airport and an even shorter one from the middle of town, and rest at the cusp of Lake Wakatipu. You and your guests can gaze out at the glassy waters in wonder, surrounded by awe-inspiring views and feeling at one with Mother Earth. Matakauri Lodge offers 4 different event rooms and a varied selection of on-site dining options, alongside handcrafted programmes and an experienced team with outstanding organisational skills.
Jack’s Point Clubhouse
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Jack’s Point Clubhouse blends Queenstown’s signature charm with the unparalleled beauty of its surroundings. Surrounded by 35 km of hiking and biking trails, a velveteen golf course and a stunning view of The Remarkables, this venue is the perfect place to relax and host a truly fabulous event. On the very edge of Lake Tewa, Jack’s Point Clubhouse is available for private hire, with both indoor and outdoor seating options, offering tailored event packages to suit your event. They have on-site catering and a series of set menus to pick between. Jack’s Point Clubhouse provides a comfortable and open space for a function, all whilst showcasing some of the very best views that Queenstown has to offer.
Mt Nicholas Station
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Mt Nicholas Station stretches out across 100,000 acres of private, luscious land. They pride themselves on hosting bespoke events of any nature and in any of their many, many spaces available for hire. This venue features flowering mountain peaks, breathtaking valleys, 14 kilometres of fresh beachfront and so much more. Mt Nicholas Station can cater for cocktail parties, corporate retreats and everything in between. With a capacity ranging from 10 to 150 guests, their venues include a private beachfront, styled marquee, lakeside woodshed and historic stone cottage. Mt Nicholas Station has a team dedicated to making your event stand out from the crowd and collaborate with local suppliers to do so. This venue is an expanse of raw beauty, with undisturbed waters extending as far as the eye can see.
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Kamana Lakehouse is a boutique venue that overlooks Lake Wakatipu and offers elegant comfort like none other. This space rests above the centre of Queenstown and is a 5-minute drive from the heart of the town. With completely unobstructed views, they ensure that you take in panoramic sights like none other. Their main function space showcases clearcut views of the Remarkables and the glittering city of Queenstown, whilst their slightly smaller venue, The Ledge, is perfect for more intimate gatherings. Kamana Lakehouse also offers on-site catering courtesy of their restaurant and bar, Nest, specialising in Mediterranean treats and alfresco dining. For a truly superb and serene event with unmatched views of Lake Wakatipu, Kamana Lakehouse is a top venue choice.
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Gaze out at rolling greenery with Stoneridge Estate, a 12-acre boutique vineyard that offers views of Lake Hayes and the alpine peaks. A 20-minute drive from Queenstown Airport and a 5-minute drive from Arrowtown, Stoneridge Estate can host anywhere from 6 to 180 guests in any of its luxurious options. Their team has oodles of experience when it comes to any manner of event, including gala dinners, cocktail parties, meetings and more, and offers 3 different spaces for your event: The Boardroom, The Hayes Room and The Lodge Dining Room. No matter which you choose, this Queenstown venue is dedicated to making your event as fabulous as possible, with tailored menus and packages to suit the needs of your function.
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An ancient beach forest provides the setting for Paradise Trust, a venue with a distinctly secluded and rustic edge that immerses itself in the undisturbed nature of Queenstown in a way that few others can rival. Paradise Trust can host up to 300 delegates and is the ideal option for larger, more spirited affairs, as well as for quiet getaways for a handful of guests. The venue is surrounded by 300 acres of wild beauty. For your event space, you can choose between the expansive front lawn of the historic Miller House, or venture forth with a marquee to any lovely corner of the entire venue. They’re available for both partial and exclusive hire, with extra convenience tossed in with on-site accommodation at one of their Rustic Cabins. Take in a truly natural and truly beautiful venue with Paradise Trust.
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Largely known as the most accessible mountain peak in all of Queenstown, Queenstown Hill is a private and quiet farm that resides above the centre of Queenstown, a breezy 15-minute drive away. It features 300 acres of flourishing land, with plenty of open space and fresh air, making for a flexible and gorgeous location for any function. Queenstown Hill is 900 metres above sea level and is visible through the entire town. They can host any event type, with a special focus on corporate events, seminars, conferences and meetings, with the thrilling addition of team building activities such as quad biking and walking trails. Queenstown Hill leans into the more adventurous side of Queenstown, framed by the traditional allure of farm life, with simplicity at its core and stunning views all around.