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Why Queenstown is your ultimate wedding destination

It’s no secret that Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s most exquisite and luxurious travel destinations. On the edge of Lake Whakatipu, situated amongst the Southern Alps of the South Island, Queenstown offers picturesque views and spectacular scenery year-round.

Outdoor enthusiasts will love the world class skiing and snowboarding options and be spoilt for choice with the wide range of outdoor activities and attractions only a stone’s throw away. Central Otago is known for its abundance of wineries and vineyards on offer; many of which are home to world class award-winning wines and a local craft beer scene.

Without a doubt, Queenstown is the prime location for your destination wedding no matter the season. Whether you’re looking for a winter wonderland surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks, or a warm summer’s night featuring a remarkable sunset over the horizon, here at Relaxaway Holiday Homes we have several luxury homes on offer which can be tailored to suit the needs of your special day. You might be looking for a place get ready before the big event, a home to host a relaxed reception or a luxurious stay on the night for the wedding party, the possibilities are endless!

Destination weddings around the world are becoming increasingly popular, especially amongst those wanting the event to be a once in a lifetime authentic experience that lives on beyond the night. The bonus of a Queenstown wedding is that there is so much for your guests to do whilst here that it turns the occasion into a holiday for all after the event. They are also popular in the sense that the married couple get more chances to spend time with their guests over a longer period, particularly when you all stay together or nearby!

Not keen on a wedding? How about an elopement? Destination weddings and elopements often cost less than a traditional wedding due to there being fewer guests (if any), meaning you can do whatever you like on your special day and create a more relaxed, but still intimate gathering. Another bonus in a place like Queenstown is that with all the incredible scenery and surrounds, there’s no need to spend big $$$ on décor – the views speak for themselves.

Queenstown has a special charm about it which creates its own unique experience for anyone that visits. Whether you plan to have a wedding big or small or rather elope, we work with several Queenstown wedding organisers to help make your experience smooth and seamless so you can step back and enjoy the day.

Ready to start planning?  Here are our top 5 luxury home recommendations for your special day:

1 –Sicillian Luxury Retreat

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Situated in one of Queenstown’s most prestigious and sun-soaked locales, this is a vacation destination on a grand scale. This home sits proudly elevated above the azure waters of Lake Hayes. A country-style residence with modern style and comfort seamlessly integrated, every luxury is catered for. Perfect location for a small wedding/reception.

Suitable for: small weddings up to 30 guests

Sleeps 12. Learn more

 

2 – Bunker Bravo Complex

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Looking for something luxe for a bridal or groom’s party to get ready? Look no further than the Bunker Bravo complex.

Enjoy the alpine ambience year-round, stepping out from your living area onto a heated outdoor deck with a BBQ and stay cosy inside with radiator central heating plus underfloor throughout.

Two bedrooms boasting lake and mountain views are serviced by two modern bathrooms.

Sleeps 4, 2 apartments available. Learn more.

 

3 – The Wood’s Lane Properties

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Looking to accommodate your wedding guests and want everyone close-by? Our Wood’s Lane Properties are the perfect solution for larger parties. We have four properties located within very close proximity of each other on Wood’s Lane, which can sleep up to 28 guests across the total four sites.

Sleek and stylish inside and out, contemporary design harmonises with the lavish furnishings throughout the apartments. Wide-reaching panoramas are captured from the extensive windows, with the elevated position showing off Queenstown’s iconic soaring peaks.

Situated in a boutique development halfway between Queenstown’s town centre and Frankton, this location lends itself to making the most of all that Queenstown has to offer.

Learn more about the properties below:

The Woods Villa 1 – Sleeps 6. Learn more

The Woods Villa 2 – Sleeps 6. Learn more

The Woods Penthouse – Sleeps 6. Learn more

The Rata Penthouse – Sleeps 10. Learn more

 

4 – Stonehill Villa

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This historic gem was the first building on Queenstown Hill and the seventh building in Queenstown. Built in 1871, this remarkable retreat hosts a home-away-from-home to dream of. The architect of this home has thought through every detail to maintain the historic cottage whilst updating it with a beautiful blend of contemporary style.

The warmth and charm will delight any guest, and the well-apportioned bedrooms will ensure a most comfortable stay. Experience ultimate relaxation gathered in one of the generous living spaces or enjoy snuggling up in front of the roaring, schist-surrounded open fire. Entertaining and cooking is a pleasure with panoramas of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains from the well-appointed kitchen and dining areas.

Sleeps 10. Learn more.

 

5 – Bendemeer Seclusion

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Spacious is an understatement when describing the living areas of this impressive contemporary masterpiece; there’s room for the entire family and more to spread out and make themselves truly at home here. The expansive open-plan kitchen, dining, and living areas are filled with natural light and comfortable furnishings. In addition, the kitchen’s window seat enjoys all-day sun, making it the ideal place to enjoy a morning cuppa whilst looking out to exceptional vistas.

While on holiday in Queenstown’s cooler months, this exceptional home stays warm with an ambient log burner, underfloor heating throughout as well as a heat transfer system. Outside there’s a fire pit to enjoy and a spa pool – perfect for relaxing in after a long day on the slopes on one of Queenstown’s ski fields.

Those with a culinary flair will love the large fully equipped kitchen and modern appliances, including a Nespresso coffee machine and pressure cooker. The addition of a butler’s pantry including a beer/wine fridge plus so much space for dining makes entertaining a breeze. Relaxaway Holiday Homes can even organise a private in-home chef experience as an added holiday extra.

With ample space to comfortably host your guests, stunning views and fantastic indoor-outdoor entertainment areas, Bendemeer Seclusion is the perfect place to accommodate your wedding party.

Sleeps 8. Learn more.

Relaxaway Holiday Homes can provide you with a unique wedding experience like no other. If you have any questions or queries please get in touch by contacting queenstown@relaxaway.co.nz