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Queenstown Venues - The Complete Guide
by Raashka Mannie | 24 May 2022
Picking a venue to match the tone of your event plays a key role in hosting, whether it's a product launch or a fundraising dinner. Queenstown, with its postcard backdrop and welcoming atmosphere, is home to some of the best venues in New Zealand. We have a list of 30+ of the best venues in Queenstown, all unique to its charm and never-ending beauty.
Embraced by one of New Zealand’s most iconic landscapes, Skyline Queenstown perches high above Lake Wakatipu, offering simply stunning views day or night. Accessed by scenic Gondola, Skyline is a truly unique venue for Queenstown – the journey is just as exciting as the destination. With decades of experience, you can relax safe in the knowledge that our team has everything in hand to make your next event an outstanding success.
Kinross is a destination that suits all types of events. Surrounded by stunning vineyards and mountains, it's the ultimate escape close to Queenstown yet away from the hustle and bustle. Providing the perfect backdrop for your event. Whether it's getting down to business, wining and dining, or even hosting your wedding, our vineyard location is an exceptional spot.
Cloudy Bay Shed
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Based in Cromwell, Cloudy Bay Shed 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.
The Rees Hotel
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Masters of bespoke events and functions, The Rees Hotel is a Queenstown venue boasting lovely views and impeccable service. This luxury hotel venue is in the heart of the city and a mere 5 km from the airport, making it as convenient as it is chic. The Rees Hotel specialises in all event types, from meetings and conferences to cocktail parties and seminars. No matter your function, this Queenstown venue has you covered. They have 4 spaces for you to choose from, including the Conference Room (maximum capacity of 70), True South Dining Room (maximum capacity of 60), The Rees Penthouse (maximum capacity of 40) and The Rees Residence (maximum capacity of 50). Enjoy their incredible on-site catering and plush accommodation as you drink in views of the mountains and clear lake.
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This restored villa is a cosy but vogue location for any event, coupled with croquet lawns and a stunning pavilion a stone’s throw away. With spectacular garden views, it’s nestled within the heart of nature and makes for a restorative event, prizing itself on “off-site” functions and noteworthy events. The Winehouse includes a range of activities, packages and services, with warm staff and tailor-made menus. They offer team-building exercises, exclusive use of the venue, as well as in-house design and planning. When required, audiovisual equipment can be hired and set up at your convenience. The Winehouse can host up 260 of your guests.
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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.
TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak
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Dazzle guests and amaze even yourself with TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak, an event space quite unlike any other. This iconic century-old vintage steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, is a wonderful and unusual space for any event. You can cruise around Queenstown, experiencing Alpine scenery from every breathtaking angle, and then anchor down at the gorgeous Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant at Walter Peak High Country Farm. TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak can accommodate a maximum of 400 guests (cocktail-style), permitting exclusive hire for your Queenstown event. They offer private rooms, multiple dining experiences, on-site catering, transport options and so much more. For a truly incredible event, TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak is available for hire.
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Stoneridge Estate is a 12-acre boutique vineyard that offers views of Lake Hayes and the alpine peaks, making for a wondrous and seasoned venue location. 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 venue options. Their team has oodles of experience when it comes to any manner of event, including gala dinners and corporate gatherings, and offers 3 different spaces for your event: The Boardroom, The Hayes Room and The Lodge Dining Room. No matter which you choose, they are dedicated to making your event as fabulous as possible, with tailored menus and packages to suit the needs of your event.
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Take in the view from above with Skyline Queenstown, a venue with, indisputably, the most magnificent views in all of Queenstown. Able to cater for up to 900 of your guests and with a dedicated, professional team at your side, they are a 30-minute drive from Queenstown airport and offer a host of tailored packages for your event. Skyline is available for partial hire or as an exclusive event centre for any of your events, cocktail parties, gala dinners and everything in between. Unparalleled views serve as the backdrop to your conference, from mountain ranges to the cityscape, with the option of bespoke catering and special event activities for your guests.
Highlands Motorsport Park
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Located in Central Otago, Highlands Motorsport Park is a versatile venue like no other. Not only do they offer themselves up as a grand venue, but also as a hotspot for fun activities and outings. As a venue, Highlands Motorsport Park 6 available spaces to hire: the Pit Lane Function Room, Private Members lounge, Museum, a breezy balcony, café and marquee option. They can host anywhere from 20 to 300 guests, making them an ideal choice for all manner of events. With on-site catering options and plenty of parking, this Queenstown venue makes itself exceptional - especially when you take in all the recreational activities they have to offer. Make your event unforgettable with Highlands Motorsport Park.
Kinross is nestled in the rolling vineyards of Gibbston Valley, this venue has it all: a paradise of water features, schist ruins, hundred-year-old trees, designated BBQ areas, playgrounds, petanque, a wine garden and cellar, and walking and cycle trails. As a result, they make for a venue that can host any manner of affair, catering for up to at least 60 seated guests and many more at a canapé or tapas function. Not only does Kinross select their wines from 5 local and wonderful wine labels, but they also source most of their on-site catering produce locally − which includes their very own herb and vegetable garden.
South Eatery by Mercure Queenstown Resort
Mercure Queenstown Resort has majestic views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountains. A stunning hotel venue with a professional, helpful team to guide your event forward, the option of their South Eatery, with floor to ceiling windows and sumptuous catering, is not to be missed. Besides their picturesque setting filled with natural light, South Eatery utilises modern dining and catering options, with their produce sourced locally and fine wines from the Central Otago region. Mercure Queenstown Resort also offers 3 other rooms, aside from the highly-acclaimed South Eatery, appropriate for any event type, with a capacity of 70 guests for a well-rounded affair.
Jack’s Point Clubhouse
Jack’s Point Clubhouse combines the cosiness of Queenstown charm with the sheer beauty of its surroundings, with 35 km of surrounding hiking and biking trails, a velveteen golf course and a breathtaking view of The Remarkables. Sitting on the edge of Lake Tewa, this venue is available for private hire, with both indoor and outdoor seating options, offering tailored event packages to suit your event. With on-site catering and a series of set menus to pick between (or the choice of creating a new one altogether), Jack’s Point Clubhouse provides a homier and more comfortable setting for any event, all whilst retaining the unmatched allure of Queenstown.
Mount Soho Winery
Panoramic views of the mountain ranges at Mount Soho Winery is just one of the reasons this venue is a beloved choice for a venue in Queenstown. Whilst it’s set in a secluded yet impressive landscape in Central Otago, it’s still a mere 15-minute drive from the middle of Queenstown, making it a quick escape into the clear mountains of Mount Soho Winery. With a team committed to planning and organising your event, Mount Soho Winery also offers several rooms for your event, from the warm Antler Room to the classy Banquet Room. A unique perk of hosting your event at Mount Soho Winery is the option of wine tastings from their very own vineyard. If that’s not incentive to host your next event there, we’re not sure what is.
Mt Nicholas Station
Settled comfortably amongst 100, 000 acres of private land, Mt. Nicholas Station pride themselves on hosting bespoke events of any nature in any setting. Flowering mountain peaks, breathtaking valleys, 14 kilometres of fresh beachfront and so much more, Mt. Nicholas Station has it all and will cater launch parties, corporate events 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. Collaborating with local suppliers, Mt Nicholas Station has a team committed to making your event a lasting memory for all.
Muskets & Moonshine
Muskets & Moonshine has a glorious history of trade and tradition, which is why they chose to convert their historic building into a venue space for events of all kinds. The simplicity of Muskets & Moonshine is their biggest asset, boasting a Musket Mezzanine with an adjoining balcony that caters for up to 50 guests. Available for exclusive hire, their spaces are entirely customisable depending on the tone of your event. Muskets & Moonshine believes in having a good time and this shines through in their menu and drinks. They even offer to whip up something extra special for your event, should you so need it, just to get the ball rolling.
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The highest altitude accommodation in Queenstown, Kamana Lakehouse is a boutique venue that sits, quite literally, above the rest. They’re a quick 20-minute drive from Queenstown Airport, have complimentary WiFi, and aim for the heart of relaxation. Their main function space showcases clearcut views of the Remarkables and the sparkling city of Queenstown, whilst their slightly smaller venue, The Ledge, is perfect for more intimate gatherings. They offer on-site catering courtesy of their kitchen and bar, Nest, specialising in Mediterranean treats and alfresco dining.
With an ancient beach forest as a backdrop, Paradise Trust puts themselves head and shoulders above venues with their remote and rustic location. Able to host up to 300 guests, this venue is the perfect option for large and lively affairs. Surrounded by 300 acres of wild beauty, you can choose between the expansive front lawn of the historic Miller House or venture forth with a marquee to any gorgeous corner of Paradise Trust. Available for both exclusive and partial hire, Paradise Trust also has the convenient option of cosy, on-site accommodation at one of their Rustic Cabins.
Mt Rosa Lodge
In Gibbston, a breezy 25 minutes from Queenstown, and ensconced in fresh air and mountainsides, Mt Rosa is a luxury venue that prides themselves on hosting with the perfect blend of romanticism and seamless service. Their professional events team is more accustomed to planning and organising casual, intimate affairs, such as dinners and parties, with space for up to 20 guests. With the panoramic terrace, sheltered courtyard and flowering gardens to choose between, it’s a picture-perfect setting for a venue to unwind at. Bespoke dining and beverage options include the tantalising and local fare award-winning craft beers and wines.
Marvel Queenstown has found its home on the beautiful grounds of the historic 1863 stone building in Arthurs Point. Their core values of simplicity and tradition make them an endearing and warm space to host your event. Recently given a refresher, Marvel Queenstown is now a multi-functional venue that caters to all occasions. A perfect venue for a dinner or informal gathering, they bring with them homegrown produce and a local attitude that warms the heart. They offer both set menus and bespoke ones tailored to the nature of your event.
The Glebe is available to provide an elegant venue for upscale corporate events, such as intimate meetings and gatherings. Their Penthouse Suites can accommodate dozens of guests for presentations, smaller workshops and spaces to exchange ideas. Centrally located, The Glebe prizes itself on being a convenient, classy venue, with key services such as audiovisual equipment upon demand, on-site catering to your tastes, transportation, the choice of group activities and so much more. They are also thrilled to offer the option of team-building experiences, with staff dedicated to making sure your event is smooth sailing all the way through.
Heritage Hotel Queenstown
Heritage Hotel is a blend of contemporary charm and convenience. Boasting dazzling views of the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu, it’s an 18-minute drive from the airport and offers world-class service. Heritage Hotel has a professional and dedicated events team, complimentary WiFi, and 12 spaces to choose from for your event. Their individual spaces can hold anywhere from 12 to 250 guests, with flexible seating styles, outdoor and indoor options, and special, tailored packages designed to make planning your event a cinch. Be it corporate gatherings, business meetings or cocktail parties, Heritage Hotel is the epitome of professionalism and attention to detail.
NZ High Country
Pick between 4 unique spaces within NZ High Country, a relatively new venue on the scene that is a short drive from Queenstown and the airport. Surrounded by breathtaking nature and panoramic views of mountain ranges, this venue boasts the very best when it comes to flexible and gorgeous venues in Queenstown. Tussock Point, Merino Rise and Country Courtyard are ‘land-only’ options that serve as blank canvases for you to paint your event across; Lake June offers a little more structure, with a premium and permanent marquee equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows, but with absolute privacy. NZ High Country is proudly family-owned and eager to help you celebrate your special event.
Blanket Bay Lodge
The luxurious Blanket Bay Lodge is famed worldwide as one of New Zealand’s finest alpine lodges. Nestled amongst snow-capped peaks, Blanket Bay Lodge has consistently been voted one of the world’s best lodges and offers an elegant and intimate space for a host of event types. The Boardroom has gorgeous 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. Blanket Bay Lodge is committed to giving your event a modern yet lush edge and is the perfect venue for an intimate gathering amongst colleagues, friends or family.
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Crowne Plaza Hotel is moments away from the centre of Queenstown and offers magnificent views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables. They have 4 separate and unique lakefront venues that can accommodate anywhere from 20 to 200 guests, with complimentary WiFi and the option of on-site catering. Each of their venues is flexible, filled with natural light and boasting some of the best views of Queenstown. Crowne Plaza Hotel also boasts a dedicated events team, focused on bringing your event to life in the best way possible.
Drink in the fresh air and the mountaintops with Matakauri Lodge, a luxurious venue that overlooks the Remarkables, Cecil and Walter Peak. Able to host up to 60 guests, Matakauri Lodge offers 4 different event rooms and a varied selection of on-site dining options, alongside handcrafted programmes and a seasoned team with outstanding taste and planning. Matakauri Lodge is a picturesque space for your event, with unrivalled views and a wealth of experience in professional event management. Matakauri Lodge is a scenic 25-minute drive from the airport, resting shortly from the city centre and at the cusp of Lake Wakatipu.
Queenstown Hill, dubbed the most accessible mountain peak in all of Queenstown, is a private farm that rests just above the centre of Queenstown. With 300 acres of lush, open space to wander around on, it makes for a malleable and ideal location for any event. A mere 15 minutes from Queenstown CBD, this venue is 900 metres above sea level and is visible throughout the city. They pride themselves on being a space for corporate events, such as conferences and larger meetings, with the exciting option of activities such as walking trails and quad biking to give your event a thrilling edge. If you choose Queenstown Hill to be the venue for your next event, you're choosing adventure.
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