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Queenstown Venues - The Complete Guide
by Avya Trotter-Hlavac | 16 Oct 2023
Set amidst a dramatic backdrop of the Southern Alps and Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is the kind of place that postcards take inspiration from. Queenstown is a world-famous destination known for its breathtaking scenery, adventurous outdoor activities, and vibrant tourism industry. The region is also home to many beautiful venues, from award-winning restaurants to sun-soaked vineyards and luxury estates to lakeside hotels. Discover our handy list of Queenstown Venues for Hire, below.
QT Queenstown is a bedtime story that turned out to be true. An impeccably styled lakeside heaven with a little added quirk, the award winning hotel venue surrounds you with Wakatipu’s visual magic. Renowned for hosting distinguished events, QT Queenstown presents world-class spaces, facilities, catering and accommodation, at QT Queenstown you’ll be dreaming big.
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QT Queenstown is an impressive hotel venue with elevated views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountain ranges. Indulge in world-class catering, high-end facilities, opulent spaces and luxury accommodations at QT. Hosting anywhere from 10 to 450 guests, QT Queenstown provides a glorious backdrop for your conference, private party, wedding or meeting.
Headwaters Eco Lodge
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The Headwaters Eco Lodge is an award-winning venue and accommodation nestled amidst mountain ranges in Glenorchy, a beautiful township at the head of Lake Wakatipu. With a reputation that precedes it, this dynamic venue combines world-class facilities with mind-blowing scenery.
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Elevate your event with iFLY - Queenstown's Indoor Skydiving facility. Venue hire includes flight demonstrations by highly skilled instructors and flight sessions for guests! Level up your team-building day, celebration, youth event or fundraiser with iFLY.
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Heritage Queenstown is a sophisticated hotel crafted from centuries-old schist stone and cedar. As the only hotel with a Rooftop Terrace in Queenstown, Heritage is a popular venue for weddings and cocktail parties. Praised for their outstanding hospitality and service, the Heritage team succeeds in delivering excellent experiences to their guests.
Cloudy Bay Shed
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Cloudy Bay Shed is home to the famous wine brand and a spectacular venue just minutes from Cromwell. With the option of a private tasting or vineyard tour, Cloudy Bay allows you to curate your own experience. This Central Otago venue includes the Cloudy Bay Shed, Cellar Door, Restaurant and many outdoor areas.
The Rees Hotel
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Secluded and sophisticated, The Rees Hotel Queenstown embodies the best of Southern hospitality. The Hotel includes four event spaces, plush accommodation, bespoke catering and excellent service - ticking all the boxes for your Queenstown event. Whether you're hosting a casual meeting, a relaxed company retreat or an intimate board meeting, The Rees Hotel sets the benchmark in events.
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The Winehouse is a rustic and incredibly sophisticated venue located in Gibbston, Queenstown. An understated slice of paradise, The Winehouse presents a beautiful homestead surrounded by beautifully kept gardens and rugged, hilly scenery. The venue includes a purpose-built pavilion, which seats up to 150 guests.
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Nestled amidst the expansive Ben Lomond station, you'll find Moonlight Lodge - a destination venue and accommodation. Enjoy an 8-minute flight across the beautiful 33,000-hectare station, or opt for the off-road 4WD option. With awe-inspiring views and scenery, Moonlight Lodge is one of those places well worth the journey.
TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak
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Some may not know, but The TSS Earnslaw -the iconic century-old vintage steamship, is available for your event. A cruise on The TSS Earnslaw is a fantastic standalone option or can be paired with a trip to the stunning Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant at Walter Peak High Country Farm. On the western shores of Lake Wakatipu, this historic homestead has the charm of a bygone era and serves as a unique function venue.
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Stoneridge Estate is a boutique vineyard venue a few minutes from Arrowtown. With mountain views and dramatic old-world architecture as your backdrop, this jaw-dropping location is sure to cause goosebumps. With three dynamic event spaces and acres of vines and gardens, Stoneridge Estate is a comprehensive venue for your event.
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Skyline Queenstown is a venue with, indisputably, the most comprehensive views in all of Queenstown. From its elevated position accessed by road or gondola, Skyline presents the highest perspective in town - overlooking Queenstown and its surrounding mountain ranges. Skyline is available for partial or exclusive hire for your cocktail party, gala dinner or conference.
Highlands Motorsport Park
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Adventure seekers love this venue, and it's not hard to see why. With an impressive backdrop, Highlands offers an extensive range of activities, including high-speed Supercars, Go-Karts and laser clay shooting. Four main spaces, including a National Motorsport Museum - host anywhere from 60 to 300 guests. Located 45 minutes from Queenstown, Highlands is the perfect venue for those who love to work and play hard.
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Kinross is a dreamy venue surrounded by vineyards, schist ruins, century-old trees and mountain ranges. Like most Southland backdrops - Kinross offers breathtaking views in every direction you look. Kinross is an exceptional host, whether you're getting down to business, long lunching, or celebrating Christmas with your team.
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Welcome to Millbrook, one of Australasia's leading five-star hotels. Located in the gorgeous township of Arrowtown, Millbrook Golf Resort is a breathtaking setting for an array of occasions - from weddings to corporate retreats. Beautiful spaces, golf greens, rejuvenating spa treatments, award-winning dining and luxury accommodation awaits you at Millbrook - your all-in-one venue.
South Eatery by Mercure Queenstown Resort
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With a unique vantage point overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables, Mercure is a beautiful venue for your Queenstown meeting, conference or function. South Eatery Restaurant is an illuminating space with floor-to-ceiling windows and sumptuous catering, while the venue also includes three convenient meeting rooms.
Mount Soho Winery
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Mount Soho Winery is an impressive venue with two unique spaces - the warm Antler Room and the sophisticated Banquet Room. Nestled on a 25-hectare property just 15 minutes from Queenstown, Mount Soho Winery showcases 360-degree views of the breathtaking landscape and surroundings.
Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa
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Sofitel is an award-winning hotel that celebrates the elegance of modern France. Boasting five spaces, from the extravagant La Galerie to the relaxed 1789 Wine & Jazz Lounge - Sofitel is a chic event venue for up to 120 guests. Equal parts luxurious and practical - Sofitel has the facilities and inclusions to make your event a raging success.
Mt. Nicholas Station
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A short helicopter or boat ride away from Queenstown, Mt Nicholas Station is a destination well worth the trip. Mountain ranges, breathtaking valleys, rolling farmland, and kilometres of beachfront create the most incredible backdrop - while there are multiple indoor spaces for event formalities and celebrations.
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Kamana Lakehouse is the highest altitude accommodation in Queenstown, sitting quite literally above the rest. The primary function space showcases the Remarkables beautifully, whilst The Ledge is perfect for more intimate gatherings. The onsite restaurant, Nest Kitchen & Bar, specialises in Mediterranean cuisine and alfresco dining - with unbeatable views!
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Set on a remote property in Glenorchy, Paradise is your own slice of wilderness. The 300-acre property includes various spaces and accommodations, from off-the-grid cabins and historic cottages to boutique homesteads for more luxury stays. Available for both exclusive and partial hire, Paradise Trust is a unique filming location, elopement or retreat venue.
Mt Rosa Lodge
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A warm and friendly Kiwi welcome awaits you at Mt Rosa Lodge & Vineyard. A boutique bed and breakfast nestled in Gibbston, Mt Rosa is known to produce some of the best Pinot Noir in the world. Just 20 minutes from Queenstown, Mt Rosa consists of 3 beautiful suites - suitable for a Southland getaway for up to 20 guests.
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Cruise Lake Wakatipu with Pacific Jemm, Queenstown's 5-star luxury yacht. The vessel is equipped with full AV, paddleboards, fishing rods, an aqua lily pad, a swim platform and a Mini Jemm boat to explore Lake Wakatipu's secluded coves. Hosting private events, celebrations, weddings, and group functions - the Pacific Jemm is a venue sure to impress.
NZ High Country
NZ High Country is a venue elevated above Queenstown and cradled by mountain ranges. The property consists of four unique locations, each with breathtaking views everywhere you look. For private groups wanting to wed, meet or celebrate with a jaw-dropping backdrop - discover NZ High Country.
Blanket Bay Lodge
Set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Blanket Bay Lodge is a luxury venue and accommodation nestled amidst the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps. Blending relaxation with adventure - Blanket Bay Lodge presents luxury accommodations, beautiful spaces, unparalleled service and five-star facilities for your special occasion.
Crowne Plaza Hotel
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A boardroom without the boring? That's what Crowne Plaza Queenstown does best. Four modern meeting spaces boast sweeping, panoramic 180-degree views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains - creating a truly inspiring backdrop for your strategy sessions. These spaces include touchscreen controls, intelligent lighting, air conditioning, ergonomic seating, high-speed wireless internet connection and more.
Flame Bar & Grill
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Flame's new home is a purpose-built space with a bespoke bar area and a large open theatre-style kitchen. Home to award-winning Steak and Ribs, Flame boasts a prime position on Steamer Wharf. Split into three zones, Flame is the perfect venue for private events, corporate gatherings and special occasions.
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Feel a true sense of occasion at The Grille by Eichardt’s, Queenstown’s ‘dress-circle’ dining establishment. With space for up to 130 guests, The Grille offers a superb setting for large events, while smaller groups can also enjoy separate, partitioned spaces for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Handcrafted set menus showcase the best of Central Otago & Southland, from considered multi-course dégustation to generous sharing menus.
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Located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge offers a luxury venue and accommodation with a mesmerizing panorama of the big three: The Remarkables, Cecil and Walter Peak. Hosting weddings, corporate getaways and meetings - The Lodge has the capacity for up to 60 guests and provides accommodation for up to 32.
Lake Hayes Pavilion
Lake Hayes Pavilion is a beautiful venue overlooking the water and the world-famous Coronet Peak ski area. Recently refurbished, this venue showcases new hardwood flooring and neutral tones - the perfect blank space venue with views galore. The property spans over 2,500m2 and is available for the installation of marquees.
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Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall is the beloved centrepiece of Arrowtown - the charming, gold mining town just 20 minutes from Queenstown. The hall is a large, auditorium-style space with a stage, dressing room and off-stage sections.
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