“ Address: 66-70 Thompson Street / Queenstown / New Zealand / Tel: +64 3 450 2142 „
As a friend had recommended visiting Queenstown and was going to join us (but couldn't in the end), he also recommended a place to stay. A handy tip to know is that prices can drop about a month ahead of booking, although you have to be quick to pick up bargains at this point. Luckily, this is what I managed with HighView Apartments.
Just outside the main part of town, about a 5-10 uphill walk from there (which can be quite bracing or testing, depending on what mood you're in and how the weather is), Highview Apartments were well located, on a hillside with many other apartments, offering a superb view of the bay and mountains across the water. The apartment was split into 2 separate sub apartments, as we had rented it out with a view to 3 of us staying, but as our friend unfortunately couldn't make it, we ended up staying in the larger apartment only. I only had a brief look around the smaller one, which seemed to of s similar style but obviously smaller, and with slightly fewer facilities.
The living room and bedroom were actually made up of the same large area, which could be divided by using a large pull across wooden door that was folded flush into several sections along the wall so that it folds out.
As you entered the apartment, the bathroom was directly to the right, and past this on the right wall was the kitchen area. Further on and to the left was a large glass topped dining table with 4 metal chairs with fawn fabric seats. Above this was an arty red picture (I'm no expert but I thought it was kind of Rothko style). Straight ahead was a large window leading to a balcony with the mountain view. Against part of this window was a large, fawn coloured sofa with 2 small red cushions perched in the middle, with a identical one facing it across a stylish, low, glass topped metal legged coffee table. A cream colour carpet covered the floor of this area, with cream tiles covering the kitchen area. In the right corner of the room were 4 shelf bookshelves with a DVD player. On the wall to the right of the window and sofas was a large LCD TV, with a gas fire below it. The TV had several channels - TV New Zealand, Queenstown Station (basically one long advert for bars, restaurants and places of interest), Sky Sports 1 & 2, Sky Movies, and Prime. One of the Sky Sports channels had what sounded like police radio interspersed with white noise, which didn't exactly enhance watching football. Wifi was also available in the apartment as $8 a day should we have wanted it.
On the balcony was a glass topped metal table with 2 metal chairs. The balcony was cream tiled, and it was almost worth having the apartment for the view only, and this is without even considering the decent facilities within. We watched a pretty amazing sunset one night.
Further toward the bedroom area, moving directly away from the window and following this wall, was the living and bedroom partition door. Next to this was a large wardrobe area with shelves, a hanger rail, ironing board and iron. A white, wall mounted desk was wedged between another wardrobe on the right, which had 2 drawers and a phone on top. Above this was another, smaller, LCD TV. The wardrobe on the right had another hanger rail and 2 shelves with extra bedding. A small heater was on the wall to the right.
The bed itself was large, possibly king size, with 2 red cushions identical to the sofas on top. A wide dark brown fabric covered headboard was attached to the wall behind. A square metal bedside table with 2 shelves was on each side of the bed, with the one on the left having an alarm clock. Above this was another Rothcko-esque print with some butterflies on it.
The kitchen area was a compact corridor, with all facilities fixed against a wall. A big metallic fridge with smaller freezer compartment below was to the left. The fridge contained some UHT milk cartons. To the right of this, a halogen hob and oven below provided cooking facilities, as well as a microwave oven on a shelf on the right. A brown laminate work surface was to the right of the hob, with a modern sink and tap to the right, with the microwave to the right of this along with a sleek metallic kettle and a selection of tea and coffee sachets. Below was a dishwasher. There were also drawers with utensils pots, pans and a bin. To the right was a cupboard and below this was a washing machine. Above were some cupboards containing glasses, a teapot, a cafetiere, plates, bowls and cups, all in a modern, squared style.
To the left of the entrance door was the toilet. To the right of this was a very large square white sink, with 2 separate mixer taps. Each tap had some a soap, flannel and shampoo sachet. Under the sink was spare loo roll, tissues and a bin. In front of the door was a towel rack, and to the right was a large bath. To the left of the bath was the shower, enclosed in a glass partitions and door. The shower was powerful although I noted some damage to the small soap shelf, which was wonky so you couldn't perch anything on it.
This was superb value for money at £175 for 2 nights between 3 people, and I couldn't recommend these apartments more. The easy check in and out and great facilities, location and view makes this a must for your shortlist.
66-70 Thompson Street
Phone: +64 3 450 2142
Fax: +64 3 441 3946
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : http://www.highviewapartments.co.nz/