by Casey Bressan

Sherwood Hotel Queenstown

Eco-chic accommodation for the wellness lover with a rock star soul.

Absolute Highlight

Grabbing a rental bike from Sherwood and enjoying a morning ride around Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by mountains with morning rays of sun dancing through hilltops and hitting the water - it was a pretty magical sight.

In a nutshell

No. of rooms
The design aesthetic is...
a moody eco-chic.
The typical guest is...
active, eco-conscious and interested in total well being.
The sustainability features (ie. plastic free, recycling, green wall, garden) are...
in room recycling, compost, paper saving, home grown and local cuisine, recycled furniture.
The location is...
halfway between the airport and town, on an alpine hillside looking over Lake Wakatipu, easily accessible on the local bus for $2.
Interaction is encouraged by....
communal spaces and tables, bean bags and ping pong tables in the courtyard, motel style rooms allowing for neighborly bump-ins, group yoga classes and live music.
You should stay here because
the location and energy are perfect for exploring nature or staying in at this decidedly cool, local meets tourist venue..
What took you there?

I was traveling alone for just one night stopover in New Zealand. I chose Sherwood for its design elements, community feel and the proximity to the airport, nature and the city center.

What was your room like?

Even the smallest rooms are a generous size, boasting kitchens, daybeds, and views over the mountains and Lake Wakatipu. There’s a sense of space and comfort combined with moody industrial fixtures and chunky metal furniture. Local artisans are featured throughout – commissioned artwork, local merino blankets, recycled kilim rugs for curtains and pillows, and local timber beds are in each room.  I felt as though I had walked into a friend’s cabin as nothing was overdone, yet touches felt personal and there was a feeling of immediate comfort.

What about the venue

Sherwood was once part of a chain of 1980’s mock-Tudor motor inns. The original façade remains, while much of the interior has been updated with sustainability features and design elements that create the feeling of an inviting cabin away from home. A vegetable garden, yoga studio, fire pit, beautiful restaurant with communal tables, and an intimate space for live music all provide a warm welcome to for travelers and locals alike.

Tell us about the destination

Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the natural beauty of the region is remarkable. The backdrop gives way to a holiday for those seeking adventure, well-being, culinary experiences, or vineyard hopping. As a nature lover, I most enjoyed biking around the lakes and taking in the stunning sights. The experiences can be seasonal so plan accordingly!

Who did you meet there?

A professional rugby team in from Sydney was staying at Sherwood while I was there.

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Surrounding Activities

Queenstown Trail

Biking & Hiking trails. Explore the mountains and endless trails surrounding Queenstown by bike or on foot.

Queenstown Trail

Bungee experiences

For an adrenaline rush, take a leap of faith with a Queenstown bungy jump, flying fox or bungy swing!

Bungee experiences

Central Otago Wine Region

Vineyard Tours. Take a day explore a few of the many cellar doors and restaurants to find your favourite vintage, with 200 vineyards within a 40 minute drive of the centre of town, Queenstown is the gateway to the Central Otago region.

Central Otago Wine Region

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