Where to Find Child-Friendly Accommodation in Queenstown
Whether you’re visiting for a winter family holiday or a summer getaway full of adventure, Queenstown sure has a lot to offer families whatever the season. The activities are there. The gastronomic experiences are there. The views are everywhere. All you need is a child-friendly place to stay. We’ve handpicked some of the best options in and around Queenstown for families, including for tight budgets, luxury getaways and for those who prefer to cook their own meals with self-catering facilities. Take a look at the best family accommodations in Queenstown listed below and get started with planning the ultimate getaway with your tribe.
1. Queenstown TOP 10 Holiday Park
New Zealand’s “TOP 10” holiday parks are renowned for their family-friendly facilities and it’s no different in Queenstown with a children’s playground, jumping pillow, movie room and more to keep the little ones entertained. Situated in the suburb of Arthurs Point, Queenstown TOP 10 Holiday Park might be a little out of town, but it has good connections to bus services and is nearby the Coronet Peak ski field. As for accommodations, choose from self-contained units to cheaper cabins or even camping sites with all sorts of communal facilities (like a kitchen, laundry, lounge, etc.) at your disposal.
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2. Peppers Beacon Queenstown
An idyllic lakeside location, only five minutes walk from town, and offering luxurious hotel rooms, suites and apartments, Peppers Beacon Queenstown is a dreamy choice for families. However large your tribe, you’ll find the right fit with a wealth of two to five-bedroom apartments available. Many of the apartments and penthouses have schist stone fireplaces, a full kitchen, an espresso machine and a few more luxurious extras. Or keep it simple in the two-bedroom garden suite with a kitchenette and a movie collection to keep the little ones entertained. The hotel has cots available, undercover parking, babysitting and childminding services too.
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3. Holiday Inn Queenstown Frankton Road
For value accommodation, choose the Holiday Inn Queenstown. The hotel allows kids under 12 to stay and eat for free when sharing their parents’ room. Those rooms could be the “Double Room with a Lakeview” or the “Family Room” with two bedrooms and a kitchenette. The hotel is located along Frankton Road between the ski fields, airport and town, so it’s best to have your own transport available or be prepared to take the bus or a taxi. Other facilities at the hotel include a furnished deck and barbecue area, bar and restaurant, as well as tennis courts.
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- Holiday Inn Queenstown on Booking.com
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- Holiday Inn Queenstown on Expedia
4. The Waterfront
Enjoy the comforts of home in one of the two-bedroom apartments or two-bedroom penthouses at The Waterfront. Each apartment has its own kitchen, two bathrooms in some cases, Sky TV and access to free WiFi, ski lockers and underground parking. Penthouse guests also have a rooftop terrace with a barbecue which is pretty magical on summer days or for apres-ski sessions in winter. The apartments are a mere 100m (109 yards) away from the town. Plus, the views of the lake are hard to beat. For more apartments, be sure to check out the 10 Best Holiday Apartments in Queenstown.
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5. Whistler Holiday Apartments
Another fantastic home-away-from-home accommodation for families awaits at Whistler Holiday Apartments on the edge of town, yet it’s only 10 minutes’ walk away from the town centre. The one-bedroom apartments are suitable for three guests with a bedroom and sofa bed in the lounge, while the two-bedroom apartments will suit a family of four or five with a queen bed, two singles and a sofa bed. Each apartment has modern decor, a small kitchen, a bathroom and a balcony with outdoor furniture.
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- Whistler Holiday Apartments on Booking.com
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6. Pinewood Lodge and Apartments
For families on a budget and who want to stay close to the town centre, Pinewood Lodge provides just that. The accommodation village offers houses, cabins and studios for those seeking their own space with kitchen amenities, as well as private rooms and dorm rooms with shared facilities. The accommodation is a mere seven minutes’ walk from the town and has a few added conveniences, such as free on-site parking, bike hire, barbecue areas, spa pool and more. See more accommodation like this in the 14 Best Backpacker Hostels in Queenstown.
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7. The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments
Treat your loved ones to five-star luxury and an amazing lakefront location at The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments. The apartments allow families to each enjoy their own space with separate bedrooms, a lounge, a kitchen and multiple bathrooms. Amenities in most rooms include a cosy electric fireplace, iPod dock, satellite and cable TV, in-house movies, free WiFi, free parking and more. While the hotel is a little out of town, the hotel offers complimentary shuttles, as well as a water taxi service from its own wharf. See more hotels like this in our 10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Queenstown.
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8. Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
This four-star hotel offers a double whammy when it comes to location: in the centre of town yet on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Novotel Queenstown Lakeside makes for a stunning location to enjoy the buffet breakfast from the restaurant or a glass of wine from your balcony. The hotel is great for families, especially with babysitting services available so mum and dad can enjoy some downtime whether it’s on the ski slopes, at the on-site bar or in the spa pool. Rooms are simple, stylish and compact with the “Standard Rooms” and “Lakeside Rooms” with two double beds being the best options for families.
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- Novotel Queenstown Lakeside on Booking.com
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- Novotel Queenstown Lakeside on Expedia
9. Platinum Queenstown Villa Apartments
Take your pick from lake or alpine views when you stay at Platinum Queenstown Villa Apartments. Perched on the sides of Fernhill are premium three-bedroom apartments ideal for family holidays and group gatherings. With additional services for families, like a range of complimentary kids’ board games, balls, tennis rackets and a DVD selection, this accommodation strives to make your stay as effortless as possible.
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10. Manata Homestead & Lodge
A home away from home that you’ll never want to leave, Manata Homestead & Lodge is the ideal place to entertain your family with an outdoor swimming pool, swing set, mountain bikes, barbecue area and more. With a selection of apartments and even a four-bedroom house, there are plenty of accommodation options for families – all with kitchen facilities that can easily be made the most of by Queenstown’s largest supermarkets being mere minutes away.
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- Manata Homestead & Lodge on Booking.com
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- Manata Homestead & Lodge on Expedia
11. The Glebe Apartments
Treat your family to an easy stay at The Glebe Apartments in the centre of Queenstown. The accommodation boasts contemporary fully self-contained apartments surrounding an attractive courtyard with a barbecue. Other handy facilities include complimentary undercover parking, a drying room, bike storage, TVs with streaming services and, of course, free WiFi. For more self-contained stays, also take a look at the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Queenstown.
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- The Glebe Apartments on Booking.com
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- The Glebe Apartments on Expedia
12. Caples Court
With a prime location in the centre of Queenstown, plus affordable self-contained studios and apartments, how can you go wrong? Each studio and apartment at Caples Court has at least a private lounge, kitchenette, bathroom and patio. What’s more, the accommodation offers free parking in Queenstown, plus 2GB of WiFi data per day. See more like this in 15 Best Budget Accommodations in Queenstown.
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13. Heartland Hotel Queenstown
Boasting a central location and unique A-frame buildings, the Heartland Hotel Queenstown is a great choice for families staying in Queenstown. The “Family Rooms” have one queen bed and two singles, as well as a kitchenette, Sky TV and free WiFi. Even in between the activities available in Queenstown, families can enjoy some downtown at the Heartland Hotel by dining at the Hillside Brasserie serving a buffet breakfast and an a la carte dinner. Choose from more hotels in our 20 Best Hotels in Queenstown.
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14. Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
Nestled in gardens with many rooms overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview is a “treat-yourself” choice in Queenstown for families. The four-star hotel has both “Superior Rooms” and “Superior Lakeview Rooms” suitable for families sharing the same bedroom across two double beds. Alternatively, there are split-level apartments available for more space and separate bedrooms. As for amenities, the hotel offers on-site parking, a spa pool, ski lockers, free WiFi and an on-site bar and restaurant specialising in classic Kiwi cuisine.
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15. Heritage Queenstown
Offering a “Family Deluxe Room”, Heritage Queenstown is the ideal hotel for a luxury family getaway. Choose a layout of either two super king beds or a super king bed and two singles in your private room. Alternatively, more space is available in the “2 Bedroom Suite” with kitchen facilities and a lake view as an option. Kids will love the indoor and outdoor swimming pool, while the restaurant has a healthy kids’ menu with a sugar-free dessert. See how this hotel compares to The 50 Best Accommodations in Queenstown.
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More About Family Accommodations in Queenstown
That’s it for our list of the best family accommodations in Queenstown, but it’s by no means the end of our expert travel advice! Check out these articles for more inspiration for your trip:
- The 50 Best Accommodations in Queenstown
- 45 Best Things to Do in Queenstown
- The Food Guide to Queenstown: Places to Eat & Food Tours
Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Guide to Queenstown for Families.