Arrivals & Departures Queenstown's first "five-star design-driven" hotel opens

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With views over Lake Wakatipu and the Southern Alps, New Zealand's stylish new QT Queenstown is a hotel "where modern design meets Mother Nature". 

In-room gin martini kits, signature QT Gel Dream beds and a restaurant with its own dessert bar are all part of the fun at the new QT Queenstown, which opened on December 1. 

Described as "luxury comfort meets contemporary decor", the hotel brings QT's focus on modern design and quirky details to New Zealand's South Island, and is the Australian brand's second Kiwi property, after the QT Wellington Museum. 

It offers 69 rooms ranging from Alpine King rooms (each with a king bed, standalone bathtub and toiletries by New York brand Malin + Goetz) to the top-floor Remarkable King suite, which comes with lake and mountain views, personalised bellhop benefits, cocktails and a charcuterie board on arrival, a pastry and fruit basket delivered each morning, and a late checkout at 1pm. 

Each of the rooms also have free wi-fi, in-room movies and parking, a Nespresso coffee machine with complimentary pods and a mini bar with items including instant snow, mini hand warmers and chocolate poured just down the road at the well-known Remarkables Sweet Shop.

Other features include floor-to-ceiling windows — all the better to take in the views — and ceramic sculptures depicting the endemic tui bird. 

The hotel also has a ski room and two options for eating and drinking. Promising to reinterpret "the traditional hotel dining concept", the Bazaar Interactive Marketplace has lake and mountain views along with food options including seafood, cheese and charcuterie bars, Asian and grill stations, woodfired pizzas and a dessert bar. 

Reds Bar offers a "nostalgic alpine and apres ski ambiance" and lays claims to having the largest selection of spirits in Queenstown, including New Zealand whisky.  

QT also has hotels in Sydney, Canberra, Bondi, Melbourne, the Gold Coast, Port Douglas and Falls Creek. 

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