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Highview Apartments
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New Zealand
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32 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Perfect quiet luxury retreat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

We have just enjoyed three days, two nights in this beautiful apartment to celebrate my birthday. The picture postcard view of Lake Wakatipu as we sat back on two comfortable couches with coffee table and tv made it hard to ever leave to go out! There was everything we could need in the well equipped kitchen so we ate in both nights. The best part was the tranquility and absolute quiet through the night. Had a wonderful sleep in a really comfortable king size bed. It was a pleasant walk down to the town centre where we enjoyed a cruise on the historic steamer the "Earnslaw". It was great being so close to the "action" of cafes and shops and yet being able to look down on just trees and lake. We will be back.

Room Tip: The top floor lake view apartment would be the best choice.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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55 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

While planning our recent break we did spend a lot of time on Trip Advisor... The decision to stay at HighView apartments did not disappoint. The apartments are fabulous they are a gentle walk to the bustle of town yet far enough out of it to relax. The apartments are very well appointed and configuration really suited our families needs. Julie the site manager went above the call of duty with her recommendations and securing our fabulous babysitter for 3 out of our 6 night stay. We will be back!

Room Tip: Talk through your needs with Julie on the phone.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

We had a two bedroom apartment for a week and this was absolutely perfect for three adults, the facilities are more than you could ask for. The kitchen has a stove, oven, microwave and dishwasher and all the appliances are great (better than mine at home!).

There is also a front loader washing machine and dryer combo however it is more efficient using the clothes airier and drying clothes inside while the heater is on. Bathrooms have heated floor tiles and heated towel rails and the shower is great. Heating in the living room is awesome and we were very comfortable during our stay.

The views really are spectacular and it is is really easy to walk to and from town, Julie is so helpful and the other staff members we chatted to are really friendly and helpful.

I really cant fault this as a place to stay in Queenstown and we will definitely be back on our next stay in this gorgeous town, I wish I could live here :-)

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

What an amazing place to stay. The view changes from hour to hour. Julie and sandy make sure you have everything you need. The gas heating turned on, the floor heating turned on and the instruction on the shortcut to get back from Queenstown (only for those who have eaten too much) Thank you for making our 8 days in paradise so enjoyable. We will be back

Room Tip: The 3rd floor is excellent with views over the lake to the Remarkables
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

Our second visit to Highview (we stayed 3 nights in 2010) - this time we stayed a week and it was well worth it. We love the apartments, they are spacious, well furnished equipped with everything you need for cooking and the views are amazing!!! Julie from reception was always ready to help with anything from the moment we made our booking until we checked out on our last day - thank you Julie!! There was a pretty good selection of DVD's on offer at reception to borrow if you felt the need. My only small negative comment is that there is no where to put your dirty clothes while they await washing and the shower does leak water onto the floor (you have to be very careful when showering not to get a puddle on the floor - in the end we used a towel rolled up on the edge of the bath). I noticed the lack of washing storage space this trip as there were 5 of us and lots of washing, last time it was just the 2 of us. All in all when we return to Queenstown I will definitely be back to Highview!!

Room Tip: Get an apartment (not a studio) if you want a great view!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

Apartment had amazing view of mountains and lake. Very modern and within walking distance to town. Gas fire place in the room. Large apartment that was clean and well maintained.. Staff very friendly and helpful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2012

I was organising a conference and looking for apartment type accommodation instead of a hotel for a group of people and after a lot of searching, found the Clarion. Julie was extremely helpful right from my first enquiry and made us all very welcome. The view was stunning from the apartments and I know the overseas members of the group are already making plans for a return visit with their families. The bed was really comfortable and it was lovely having a gas fire which made the room very cosy in the chilly mornings and early evenings.
Having laundry facilities was also fantastic especially when you are staying in a place for 5 days. The kitchen wasn't used a lot during this trip.
After spending all day at a conference and then dinner, it was fantastic to be able to stretch the legs for the short walk up the hill. As it is not in town (5 to 10 mins walk) it was extremely quiet, which was also a bonus.
Looking forward to my next visit!

Room Tip: I stayed on the 3rd floor,
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Property: Highview Apartments
Address: 66 - 70 Thompson Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand (Formerly Clarion Suites Highview Apartments)
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Queenstown
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 90 Specialty Lodging in Queenstown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Highview Apartments 3.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury One & Two Bedroom Apartments overlooking Lake Wakatipu, from Queenstown Bay across the Remarkables to Walter and Cecil Peaks, watch the TSS Earnslaw steam her way across your view. A short walk from the CBD, Cafes, Restaurants and many of the local activities (or collection points) but away from the busy roads and noise. Self contained to allow that home away from home feel. We look forward to welcoming you. ... more   less 
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