The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments Queenstown

Rees Hotel Jetty on Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments

Queenstown, New Zealand

The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments offers lakefront luxury with breathtaking views, chic accommodation options, gourmet cuisine and fine wine. Peaceful, sophisticated and just a few minutes drive from Queenstown’s CBD, The Rees epitomises true southern hospitality at its finest. We have a total of 60 Hotel Rooms and 90 Apartments.

History of the Rees Hotel

The Rees Hotel in Queenstown is dedicated to maintaining the traditions of hospitality and service set 150 years ago by Queenstown’s pioneer settler, William Gilbert Rees. Before W.G. Rees blazed the trail over the Crown Range in 1860, Queenstown was literally a void on the map. He named rivers and mountains – the Arrow, the Shotover, the Dart, the Von and the Rees – Coronet Peak, Cecil Peak, Walter Peak, Mount Alfred and Mount Nicholas.

He cleared the land, drove in the first fine-wool merino sheep, and milled timber for the settlers who followed. His shearers found the gold that sparked the famous Arrow and Shotover Rushes. He fed hungry miners from his flock, launched the first ferry on the lake, and built Queenstown’s first church, first hospital, first Masonic Lodge, and first hotel.

Rees was also a skilled artist, which is where the inspiration for our gallery of impressive artwork comes from; in fact we even have some of Rees’ private artworks on display.

W.G. Rees made an enduring mark on Queenstown and the Southern Lakes. We respect and celebrate his achievements.

View from Rees Hotel Restaurant

Hotel Rooms

Beautifully laid out and spacious hotel-style rooms that all connect with our apartments. All Rees Hotel Rooms offer a Super King sized Rees Bed (some can spit into twin King Single beds), complimentary wireless internet, spacious bathrooms featuring Globo porcelain vanities, under-floor heating, LCD TVs with 25 Sky channels and 50 on demand pay per view movies channels, JBL iPod Docking Stations and a lounge area that opens onto a large tiled balcony.

Executive Non-Lake View Hotel Room:

Chic, contemporary designed Executive Non-Lake View Hotel Rooms with large lounge areas opening onto tiled balconies, are approximately 40 sq m in size. Featuring Super King or Twin King Single sized Rees Beds with generous bathrooms featuring Italian designed spa baths.

Lake View Hotel Room:

Looking out over Lake Wakatipu to the Remarkable Mountains these spacious 30 – 35 sq m Lake View hotel rooms feature tiled balconies, Super King or Twin King Single sized Rees Beds are all tastefully furnished in a contemporary style featuring Italian designed bathrooms with walk-in showers.

Executive Lake View Hotel Rooms:

 Chic, contemporary designed Executive Lake View Hotel Rooms with large lounge areas opening onto tiled balconies with views of Lake Wakatipu, are approximately 40 sq m in size. Featuring Super King or Twin King Single sized Rees Beds with generous bathrooms featuring Italian designed spa baths.


All of our chic 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments are spacious with top of the range fixtures and fittings including Super King sized Rees Beds (the back bedroom splits into twin King Single beds), fully equipped kitchens custom-built by Arclinea of Italy, laundry facilities, large bathrooms featuring Globo porcelain vanities, Spanish tiling and Gessi tap-ware. The apartments also boast under-floor heating, LCD TVs with 25 Sky channels and 50 on demand pay per view movies channels, JBL iPod Docking Stations and gas fire places in the comfortable lounge areas that open onto a large tiled balcony.


Conveniently located on the edge of Lake Wakatipu, The Rees Hotel is easy to find on the main route between Queenstown Airport (4kms away) and the centre of Queenstown (1.8kms away). The Rees is centrally located amidst a wide range of high quality, year round attractions offered by Queenstown and the broader Southern Lakes District.

With its’ rugged mountains, majestic lakes, crystal clear air and just so much to do, it is little wonder Queenstown is one of the world’s most popular and most awarded alpine destinations. With four distinct seasons and year long calendar of international events, any time is a great time to make your escape to the Southern Hemisphere’s ultimate adventure playground.

Nearby Ski Fields:

  • Coronet Peak – 18kms, 30 minute drive
  • Remarkables – 21kms, 40 minute drive
  • Cardrona – 55kms, 80 minute drive
  • Snow Farm/Peak – 55kms, 80 minute drive
  • Treble Cone – 88kms, 1hour 50 minute drive

Nearby Golf Courses:

  • Queenstown Golf Course – The world’s most scenic golf lakeside course: 8kms, 15mins drive
  • Jacks Point – New Zealand’s newest world class golf experience: 8kms, 15mins drive
  • Millbrook Golf Course – New Zealand’s first international resort course: 15kms, 20mins drive
  • Michael Hill – Home of the New Zealand Golf Open
  • Arrowtown – An absolute hidden gem: 15kms, 20mins drive


True South Dining Room

Expresses our pride in our region with a menu of dishes based on local produce from high quality suppliers in our district

Bordeau at The Rees

Sophisticated wine and coffee lounge featuring in The Rees Centre.
The Rees Wine Cellar

One of Australasia’s finest collections of wine from Bordeaux and the finest examples from the great vineyards of New Zealand
The Rees Jetty

Private jetty located at the foot of The Rees Hotel, available for guest-use for an on-demand water-taxi service to/from Queenstown centre and jetboat pick-ups.

Body Sanctum Day Spa

Relax, be pampered and feel rejuvenated in the soothing hands of our world class beauty therapists located in our day-spa room on level 4.      

Located on level 5, with cardio and weight equipment with views of The Remarkable Mountains.
Conference Room

Suitable for groups of up to 45 in theatre or lecture settings, 30 in classroom style. Also suitable for private group dining.
The Rees Shuttle

Complimentary shuttle to/from Queenstown town centre, running 7 days a week on a regular timetable.


Specialist staff to assist guests with all booking requirements including transport, activities and attractions, events, entertainment, dining and any other business and personal requirements.

24/7 Reception

The Rees Hotel’s reception is open 24hours, 7 days a week.

Room Service

Available 24 hours, 7 days per week

The Rees Gallery

Rotating collections of original art and historic prints

The Rees Library

An extensive collection of rare, historic books

The True South Observatory

A window to the star-filled southern skies


Complimentary underground, secure parking for all guests.

Wi-Fi Internet

Complimentary (up to 150mb per day) Wi-Fi internet throughout the hotel.

Ski Lockers

Available from 7am until 8pm during the ski season

The Rees Centre