When you hear New Zealand you think of rolling plains, verdant forests, sparkling lakes and majestic mountain peaks. And you’ll get all this in spades in the South Island town of Queenstown, one of the country’s top tourist destinations, and well known as the Adventure Capital of New Zealand.
It is this aspect that 50 Aspen Grove, a 3-bedroom luxury retreat, trades on. In fact, the property capitalised on Queenstown’s natural beauty by fitting all areas with windows that frame and look out to the picturesque Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountain Range.
Situated just a few minutes from downtown Queenstown, this delightful holiday home’s contemporary structure was designed by the award-winning architects at Hillery Priest. Featuring an open-plan layout, the kitchen, dining and living areas flow seamlessly creating a large space where all guests can mingle and converse. Filling the rooms with natural light, as well as bringing the outdoors in, are the floor to ceiling glass windows and sliding doors. The result is an awe-inspiring panoramic view that also gives the space a light and airy feel.
The large outdoor area is the perfect spot for families or groups of friends looking to unwind away from the bustle of every day living. Here, one will find a spacious terrace where guests can simply take pleasure in the views while sipping a hot cup of coffee or delicious local wine. There’s also a huge courtyard with an open fireplace and a gas BBQ for alfresco dinners. This is the perfect space for enjoying the scenery and conversations well into the night.
As if those features aren’t enough to entice you, there’s even more reason for you to stay at 50 Aspen Grove as this luxury holiday retreat comes with a heated 20-metre lap pool that looks out to the lake and mountains. A 6-person hot tub sits just next to the lap pool where you can gather around and connect with friends and family (however, please note that the pool is not available during winter months).
But the indulgence doesn’t end there. As you head inside, you will discover that the owners spared no expense to make sure that you feel pampered and comfortable even if you decide to remain indoors. Wood floors run through most of the holiday house, with some bedrooms fitted with wall-to-wall plush carpeting. Underfloor heating is also installed in every part of 50 Aspen Grove to ensure warmth and comfort during winter.
The fully equipped and dreamy gourmet kitchen comes with a wine fridge, built-in coffee machine and a pantry. And the dining area, just next to the kitchen, can seat up to 10 people. There’s a living area and a lounge fitted with an entertainment system. Taking relaxation to the next level, Aspen Grove also comes with a sauna that can accommodate up to 4 persons, a well-equipped gym and outdoor workout area for keeping in shape even while on vacation.
The bedrooms are spacious and sport a minimalist design with clean, polished lines that lend a soothing ambience to the rooms. Distractions such as electronic gadgets are kept to a minimum inside the sleeping quarters allowing you to appreciate the views and the company even more. In fact, only the master bedroom comes with a TV, as well as a rainforest ceiling shower. But all rooms come with en suite bath and king-size beds.
Furthermore, there is a study or library that can be converted into a fourth bedroom expanding the retreat’s capacity from 6 to 8 persons. This room comes with a large daybed as well as a separate bathroom. Stay connected even while on a holiday with the free Wi-Fi Internet connection throughout the property.
Of course, a trip to Queenstown can never be complete without experiencing some of the activities it is famous for. True to its title as the Adventure Capital of New Zealand, Queenstown boasts a myriad things to do for visitors. This includes sky diving, bungee jumping, mountain climbing, rafting, hang gliding, and river surfing.
If visiting during winter, head to either the Coronet Peak or Remarkables Ski Fields, both less than 30 minutes away from downtown Queenstown. This accessible location, along with trails and terrains suitable for both beginners and experienced skiers and snowboarders, makes a trip to the mountains a must.
For those who want to enjoy a more laid-back, less adrenalin-pumping activity, there’s always golfing at the beautiful Millbrook Golf Course or a sunrise hot air balloon ridesthat will take you above the lakes and mountains of Queenstown. You can also take a tour of Central Otago’s finest wineries, such as the award-winning Gibbston Valley Winery.
Feeling lucky? You might strike it rich in Arrowtown. This historic gold-mining town offers shopping, dining, and gold panning. After, head back to Queenstown and indulge in a treatment or massage at one of the town’s boutique day spas. It is the perfect way to cap off a wonderful day out before going back to the comfort of 50 Aspen Grove.