Hilton Hotels & Resorts has marked its entry into New Zealand's South Island with the opening of Hilton Queenstown. The 178-room property features the first New Zealand location of eforea: spa at Hilton, the rapidly growing global spa introduced by Hilton in late 2010. Hilton Queenstown joins the 98-room boutique Kawarau Hotel, managed by Hilton in the Hilton Worldwide-managed Kawarau Village retail and dining precinct set within the year-round international resort town.
The hotels are the only ones in Queenstown positioned directly on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Both Hilton Queenstown and Kawarau Hotel have views of the lake or surrounding mountains, including the landmark The Remarkables Mountain Range.
Each Hilton Queenstown guestroom includes Schist fireplaces, floor-to-ceiling window, a separate lounge area and private balcony or deck. There are 12 Relaxation Rooms featuring hot tubs on private lakefront decks, and 18 one-bedroom Suites. Nice touch: Pieces of art by New Zealand artists are on display throughout the hotel.