Exclusive: First Look at QT Queenstown, New Zealand’s Coolest New Boutique Hotel
“A Wrinkle In Time,” which was filmed on the South Island of New Zealand and stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling, is one of the most anticipated movies for 2018.
And just like with the “Lord of the Rings” series of films, the destination is anticipating a boom in tourism when the dramatic mountains, valleys, and lakes for which New Zealand is famous come to the big screen.
Queenstown, a hub for adventure activities on the South Island, is the perfect base for these travelers. And come this December, there will be a new boutique hotel on the scene: the 69-suite QT Queenstown. An Australian hotel brand known for its stylish properties in Melbourne, Canberra, Port Douglas, and Wellington, QT won a 2017 World’s Best Award for their hotel in Sydney, and the Queenstown location should prove to be equally as sophisticated.
Designed by Nic Graham, the property’s rooms are done in sleek blue, lavender, and grey tones, with timber flooring, a play off the destination’s connection to the great outdoors.
The elegant white marble bathrooms feature egg-shell-shaped soaking tubs—the perfect place to unwind after a day of adrenaline-filled activities like bungee jumping, white water rafting, and jet boating.
The guest experience begins in the lobby, which is designed to take advantage of the views of the surrounding mountains, the Remarkables, and Lake Wakatipu. A suspended fireplace and large scale graphic — a series of mountain scapes formed by human bodies — give the space a modern edge.
Other standout features includes the Reds Bar, poised to be fun local hangout with its Eames-era furniture, and the Interactive Bazaar on the sixth floor, which offers sweeping vistas of the countryside and hearty dishes such as Indian spiced lamb leg, cauliflower fritters, and short ribs with smoked eggplant puree.
Rooms from $215; qthotelsandresorts.com.