Need to know
11am, but there is flexibility. Check-in, 2pm, unless by prior arrangement.
Double rooms from $465.80 (NZ$685), excluding tax at 15 per cent.
Rates include breakfast.
If you fancy a massage, beauty or spa treatment after indulging in Queentown's many outdoor activities, the hotel can arrange for a therapist to come to your room. If you're heading out to the lake, picnic hampers or packed lunches can be provided for eating al fresco (just give them 24 hours' notice).
At the hotel
DVD/CD library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, DVD/CD players, Bang & Olufsen phone, minibar, pillow menu, L'Occitane toiletries, balcony.
Our favourite rooms
We especially love Room 6 for its pretty views of the church spire that gives the hotel its name, but king-size beds, luxe linens, stone-clad fireplaces, design classics and large private balconies feature in all suites.
The Spire doesn't have a pool, but nearby Lake Wakatipu beckons.
There's great mountain biking around Queenstown, so bring your cycling gear. A Swiss Army knife could prove handy out in the wilderness, too.
Extra beds are $220 a night; cots are free of charge. Babysitting can be arranged with qualified nannies from NZ$15 an hour.