Queenstown, New Zealand

The Central Private Hotel

Price per night from$225.18

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (NZD346.96), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Mountain-ringed maison


Top of the lake

The Central Private Hotel in Queenstown is just that: central and private, since it’s located right in town and has all the discretion and cosiness of your own home. The artful interiors change colour with every floor (so no chance of getting lost) and each room has wallpaper designed by the acclaimed New Zealand artist Deborah Moss. Free drinks flow in the lounge every afternoon at 5pm so you can meet fellow guests and share your adventure-seeking enthusiasm. It opens to a hidden garden for happy hours with added Alpine air – and there are really quite remarkable views of those modestly named mountains everywhere.

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Photos The Central Private Hotel facilities

Need to know


14, including one suite.


10am. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Guests planning to arrive after 6pm should let the hotel know at booking.


Double rooms from £209.15 (NZ$399), including tax at 15 per cent.

More details

Rates don’t usually include breakfast.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, sauna, boot room. In rooms: tea and coffee kit, air-conditioning, fridge and smart TV with Netflix.

Our favourite rooms

All of the rooms have a similar decor, the star of which is the mural-like wallpaper by the New Zealand artist Deborah Moss. Breathe in all that Southern Alpine goodness from either of the two balconies in the junior suites, or go for a room with its own patio on the lower-ground floor. The best views of the mountains can be seen from the top-floor rooms.

Packing tips

Anyone coming to the adventure playground that is New Zealand knows the drill: windbreakers, sensible shoes and clothes that will look good at the other end of a bungee cord – but draw the line at trousers that change length via a zip system.


There are no specially adapted rooms for wheelchair users.


This hotel is adults-only.

Sustainability efforts

Surrounded by this much natural beauty, Central Private of course wants to do its bit to preserve it – the hotel is actively trying to minimise waste, has banned plastic and composts everything possible. Most of the food is sourced locally and energy-efficient light bulbs are used. Hotel staff can help guests to learn about local ecosystems, heritage and culture, too.

Food and Drink

Photos The Central Private Hotel food and drink

Top Table

As close to the fireplace as you can get in winter, and out in the garden in summer.

Dress Code

Maybe slip out of the salopettes, but it doesn’t get much more formal than that.

Hotel restaurant

There’s no restaurant at the hotel, just a lounge downstairs where guests can gather for breakfast every morning and for drinks every afternoon. True to hospitable antipodean form, the lounge also has a sweet station with a Kiwiana theme.

Hotel bar

The bar is part of the lounge, with a communal drinks hour daily to meet your fellow guests.

Last orders

Breakfast hours are 7.30am to 9.30am. The daily happy hour in the bar is between 5pm and 6pm.

Room service

Breakfast can be delivered to your room if you prefer.


Photos The Central Private Hotel location
The Central Private Hotel
4 Sydney Street
New Zealand

The hotel is in the centre of Queenstown, surrounded by modestly named mountains (the Remarkables) and next to the shores of Lake Wakatipu.


Queenstown airport is closest – the drive to the hotel should take around 10 minutes.


It’s easy to get around Queenstown on foot, but a car will come in handy for getting out and exploring the spectacular scenery that awaits in every direction. Park up either on the street or in one of the hotel’s spaces.

Worth getting out of bed for

The shores of Lake Wakatipu may only be 310 metres above sea level, but Queenstown is still a ski and snowboarding heavyweight. Tolkien (or rather, Peter Jackson) pilgrims can go in search of Middle Earth; specifically, Isengard and Lothlorien, scenes for which were filmed in and around Glenorchy, to the north of the city. New Zealand may be the bungee-jumping capital of the world (and the highest in the country is nearby, above the Nevis River), but if that sounds a little too strenuous, try jet-boating, skiing or just plain old hiking. To the south-east of the city and impossible to miss, the Remarkables mountains really are just that – and there are the vineyards of the Gibson Valley and historic mining towns to explore, too. 

Local restaurants

Queenstown’s renowned food and drink scene sets a high standard: try Rata for the best Kiwi cuisine around, including Cloudy Bay clams, goat’s cheese profiteroles and manuka-smoked salmon. For casual but delicious Japanese food, locate the alleyway that’s home to Tanoshi.

Local bars

Down at the Wakatipu waterfront, The Lodge Bar, created by heritage outfitters Rodd & Gunn, is the spot for cocktails and croquettes.


Photos The Central Private Hotel reviews

Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in New Zealand and unpacked their ski boots and salopettes, a full account of their bucolic break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Central Private Hotel in Queenstown…

For those who like their hotels to feel more like home, Queenstown’s Central Private Hotel is for you. Each colourfully styled room has mural-like wallpaper behind the bed, with multi-bulb chandeliers, a series of pebble-shaped mirrors, possibly a chaise longue and, if you’re lucky, views of the surrounding mountains. The lounge is where guests gather every afternoon at 5pm, to swap stories from their days out on the Remarkable slopes, hanging upside-down at the end of a piece of rope above a river or beneath a bridge, or speeding down some waterways on a jet-boat. For the epic-movie fans out there, Glenorchy (which amazingly contains the word ‘orc’) is waiting for you to go in search of Isengard. But back to the free drinks, which are accompanied by a sweet station stocked with Kiwiana – mid-century snacks in celebration of New Zealand’s iconic confectionery and groceries – to help you toast to good (mountain-air-enhanced) health and new friendships.

Price per night from $225.18

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