From outside, the QT Queenstown looks like a modern campus dormitory, albeit one set in some of the most magnificent scenery South Island has to offer. Within, vintage and contemporary furnishings and flashes of colour enliven the pared-down stone, concrete and wood interior. 

The 69 guest rooms are equally understated and rendered in a post-Alpine palette of crisp whites and soft greys, and exude an appropriately wintry feel. Sydney-based architect Nic Graham, and long-time QT collaborator and stylist, Anna Roberts, have sensibly left the provision of drama to Nature through floor-to-ceiling windows that draw Lake Wakatipu and the serrated, snowy Remarkables beyond, into bedrooms. 

Food comes courtesy of Bazaar, a restaurant concept presented as an ‘interactive marketplace’ successfully tested at QT’s Gold Coast property, which will make use of local produce to purvey a range of international flavours. Meanwhile, all things après are available from expert in-house mixologists at bar-with-a-view, Reds