While on her yearly quest to visit hand selected accommodation and explore new tours and experiences for our clients,?Karen Hardy Hodgson, the owner and president of Australia 2000 Travel, had the opportunity to stay at the luxurious Hilton Hotel in Queenstown.
Set by the tranquil shores of the Lake Wakatipu, and in the heart of Kawarau Village,?featuring a majestic mountain backdrop, The Hilton provides the perfect base to explore the area’s natural attractions. Located five minutes from Queenstown Airport and a fifteen minutes drive or ten minute water taxi ride from the center of Queenstown, the Hilton is the ideal accommodation with access to all that Queenstown has to offer.
While staying in Queenstown the choice of restaurants abounds. Enjoy the hotel?s signature restaurant, Wakatipu Grill, that reflects the best of New Zealand?s culinary heritage. Expertly helmed by renowned Chef Peter Thornley, the cuisine is inspiring, with provocative takes on New Zealand flavors. Vast windows, an open kitchen and rotisserie, along with two circular slate fireplaces, lend even more drama to this magnificent space. In the bar, be tempted by yet another captivating perspective of the lake, or an exceptional vintage ? the 1000-strong wine cellar has a keen focus on Otago?s best winemakers. Linger on the generous terrace where the elements combine to spectacular effect: the lake?s indigo depths, the clear air and a decadent outdoor fire pit.
Perhaps head to Queenstown?s new place to meet after a hard days? adventuring – the flamboyant and ever-changing Kawarau Hotel Lobby Bar. Mingle at the bar, where you can enjoy expertly mixed cocktails, a selection of cold beers and a variety of premium spirits, or sink into a comfy booth with friends, to share a tantalizing snack platter and enjoy an occasional live DJ set.
Be spoilt for choice with a wide selection of New Zealand and international wines, available by the bottle or the glass in the stylish Cru Wine Bar and Lounge. Set in the Hilton?s lobby area, this relaxed lounge features a cozy fireplace and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the courtyard and Wakatipu Lake. For the perfect ending to your day, savor a single malt on the outdoor terrace or order a tapas to accompany your favorite drink.