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Thoughts of winter often conjure up images of gloomy grey skies and bleak streets. Venture to idyllic Queenstown on New Zealand’s South Island, however, and such thoughts will soon be forgotten… as will any ski-fuelled soreness, if The Spire’s in-room spa treatment has anything to do with it.

The Spire, Queenstown


Queenstown is in winter wonderland mode where you’ll find lush green valleys and clear blue skies – a postcard-worthy backdrop against the peaks of snow-capped Alps and Lake Wakatipu. There’s also the internationally-recognised slopes that make skiing, snow-shoeing or ice-climbing an absolute must. And to top it off, there’s Winter Festival. Kicking off on 19 June, and marked on every local’s calendar with avid enthusiasm, this 10 day extravaganza features activities for thrill seekers, families, and mulled wine-drinkers alike. It’s celebration season in Queenstown, and we’re extending the fun with 25% off stays of three nights or more at The Spire.

We’re big advocates for the sleek design and high style The Spire presents itself with – those Philippe Starck lamps and Eames lounge chair in each room certainly caught our attention. But what makes this hotel our destination of choice, is the stellar service. There’s a generosity of spirit within its walls, where no ask is too big. If you’d like, they’ll even organise an in-room spa treatment after a day on the slopes… how could we say no?

‘And here we are, at the risk of becoming The Difficult Guests, asking for mission impossible: find us a Queenstown tour that doesn’t revolve around hobbits. ‘Leave it with me,’ replies Gemma, as fearless as Aragorn riding into battle, ‘and I’ll see what I can come up with.’ Sure enough, by the time we return from lunch a few hours later, she’s found a local operator who can take us on a personal tour with as little orc-on-elf action as we wish. They take service very seriously at the Spire, but there’s nothing stuffy about the staff at this warm, intimate hotel.’ Read world-wandering editor Julie Hosking’s full anonymous review…

Take in the beauty of Queenstown with The Spire’s special offer. Or, check out Smith’s other 25%-off hotels in Australia and New Zealand.

Compiled by Olivia Basheer

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