Despite Covid, there’s a hotel building boom underway in New Zealand at the moment, and Queenstown is second only to Auckland regarding the number of hotel rooms under construction.
Quest Queenstown is scheduled to open in Q4 2021 and will bring some much-needed competition to the Airport/Remarkables Park area. Wyndham currently dominates with its three apartment hotels in the area, so hopefully, Quest can put some downward pressure on airport hotel prices.
Queenstown’s first 6-star hotel is under construction too. The Carlin is a super-premium hotel offering with nine suites planned to sleep a total of 50 guests between them. The suites should offer private rooftop terraces with hot tubs, fireplaces, and outdoor dining. Whether it’s any more luxurious than Blanket Bay, Matakauri Lodge, or Eichardt’s Private Hotel remains to be seen. But it should certainly offer another reason to visit. Queenstown and attract some extra uber-wealthy tourists to spend their hard-earned cash in Queenstown.
Sudima Queenstown is a 4.5-star hotel planned to open in Q1 2022. Located in Frankton, it promises free parking, views, and affordable luxury. Sudima hotels are popular with business travelers, but Sudima Queenstown seems likely to be a hit with couples and families too. The 120 rooms will include a mix of singles, triples, and family rooms.
A 380 room luxury resort and wellness centre is planned for Arrowtown. The Waterfall Park development has been a little controversial, with some locals concerned about potential effects on Lake Hayes. Happily, the project gained consent in 2019, there were plans to have it open in 2023, but these now seem unlikely; however, 2024 may be possible. It’ll depend on how soon borders open, and things return to normal.