Eichardts Private Hotel

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

Marine Parade, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand
Eichardt's Private Hotel
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Satisfaction Excellent
Very Good

Value Score Poor Value

Costs 125% more than similarly rated 5 star hotels

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  • Business80

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Queenstown in January

by Scotty_Mac


I'm going to be in Queenstown in January and was wondering whether I should book any activities or accommodation beforehand.

Hopefully I'll be in a motor home as we're travelling around NZ and want a bit more flexibility.

If you have any other tips it would be much appreciated.

Thank you
Scotty Mac

Queenstown in January

by kiwi

January is a very busy summer vacation month in all of NZ. Mostly you will be ok except you can't expect to do things just when you want if you don't have bookings. At least book some stuff 3 days ahead if you can. And maybe Saturdays are busier than other days.
I recommend going up the Gondola to get a spectacular view. REad the member pages already written here on VT and you can add tips and stuff to your VT Custom Travel Guide. Queenstown is my favourite place.
Even if you don't do a Bungy Jump, the Kawarau Bungy Centre is worth a visit just to see the amazing building and display. There is a cafe there to enjoy and you can watch the jumpers. Have fun!!

Re: Queenstown in January

by Scotty_Mac

Thank you for your reply.

Re: Queenstown in January

by northeast80

There are a few free camping places around Queenstown, but yes they do get quite full at that time of year. But a couple of days in advance should be ok to book for most places.
There's the centre in town where a lot of the adventure companies have kiosks all under the one roof and the other info centres in town are all helpful.
Here's a Queenstown adventure website-
Have fun!

Re: Queenstown in January

by Kakapo2

I agree, in January you should really book activities in advance. Normally the day before is good enough but sometimes tour buses block a lot of capacity. When I was in Queenstown some weeks ago - so in late autumn/winter - you only got on the Shotover Jet on the same day very early in the morning or as a stand-by when somebody with a reservation did not show up. They are really very busy, and January is the busiest month.

Friends of us travelled by motorhome in January and some campgrounds were fully booked. So sometimes they just did free camping (even at Coronet Peak/Queenstown which was spectacular) and went to the campgrounds for taking a shower. This is still possible if they are fully booked, they just charge some dollars for the service. So if you know where you will be in the evening try to make a reservation the night before or in the morning.

Re: Queenstown in January

by Scotty_Mac

Thanks again.

I'll definitely be taking all your advice on board and booking activities and accommodation in advance.

Travel Tips for Queenstown

The Beach and the Water

by Kakapo2


You cannot exactly call this stretch of beach along the township’s lakeshore a beach. There is enough space for some towels and sunbathers, and the ground is just gravel.

Adding to that, the water of Lake Wakatipu is rather cold – which is no surprise as it is fed by glacier water. In summer the water is only two degrees warmer than in winter.

But what do you want? In the hot and dry Otago summers everybody should be happy about refreshments, whatever kind they are ;-)


by Parsley27

If you're planning to spend the ski season in and around Queenstown it's a good idea to buy your ski pass early, as they are much cheaper this way. There are three ski companies around Queenstown:
http://www.nzski.com (Coronet Peak and Remarkables)


by AusPinay

Arrow River, in central Otago, South Island, NEw Zealand once was rich in gold as discovered by William Fox in teh 1860's (source-WIKIPEDIA).

Panning for gold is still promoted here by the Arrowtown Council. You can go to the Arrowtown Centre and hire equipment for panning gold. The kids and hubby of course had a blast looking for that elusive shiny stuff!

Arrowtown itself is quite enchanting. It is in a tranquil setting very much the opposite of Queenstown proper itself which is always heavily populated and crowded with tourists! We had the river almost to ourselves except for a couple of people going for walks along the riverbank. It was another calming exercise to soothe our nerves after the scary drive near the cliffs on the ascent to Coronet Peak.

We were glad to book accommodation away from the hustle and bustle of central Queesntown.

The Ford of Bruinen without Broom and Frodo

by Kakapo2

As I told you in my tip about the LoR tour with Nomad Safaris, the biggest fun about visiting the Ford of Bruinen location was the wild drive through the Arrow River with the 4WD truck and our crazy guide. But you can also visit the LoR place without 4WD, and on your own.

In Arrowtown, drive to the historic Chinese settlement on the outskirts of the small township, and park your car there. (Also possible by the public bus from Queenstown and a short walk.)

From there walk down to the adjacent riverbank, and keep to the right. The film location is about 200 or 300 metres upstream, and almost certainly you will have to wade in the riverbed. In normal weather conditions this is no problem at all. The river is not rough, and the water no higher than ankle-deep.

Standing on the right-hand side of the river, you can see and imagine the film scene, with the Nazgûl pacing down on their horses on the left side. They were chasing Arwen who ferried Frodo across the river on her steed (and BTW, all her riding scenes were stunts as Liv Tyler does not like horses). All flowering plants – in November/December lupins and broom – were edited out of the film.

The following scene of the flooding river was filmed in the Shotover River at Skippers Canyon. They had to combine the rivers as in the Skippers Canyon the river is too deep for horses to ride through.

On the way to the Ford of Bruinen you can walk through the Gladden Fields of the film. They are called Wilcox Green in real life. You get there on a path through a stand of trees beside the river.

Photo 2 shows the Ford of Bruinen as you see it in the film, taken from about the same spot as by the cameraman.

The Cow

by kiwigal_1 about The Cow

I thought "The Cow" was a fantastic little place. It has a really warm atmosphere and the food is divine!
There is a cute little bar and stools by the fire where you can wait for a table, as is often the case in this popular place. Pizza all the way! They have other dishes but the pizza looked so good we ordered two! They were definately worth the wait.


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 Eichardts Private Hotel

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Address: Marine Parade, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand