Thousands of snow-seekers from around New Zealand and the world descend on Queenstown every winter, but for those who don't wish to stay in busy hotels, there are plenty of ultra-luxurious private hideaways to rent in the resort town.
Here are Queenstown's best boltholes:
One of New Zealand's most exquisite homes, Jagged Edge is a world-class architectural statement often favoured by international celebrities and CEOs. Suspended high above the sparkling waters of Lake Wakatipu, the three-bedroom, three-bathroom upscale bach boasts extraordinary glass walls, maximising the exceptional vistas. When not entranced by the incredible views, guests can swim in the infinity pool overlooking the lake and mountains, make use of the media room or peruse the underground wine cellar.
Jagged Edge also has a guest house which can be rented for $4000 a night, either in conjunction with the main residence or on its own. At the guest house, the views are just as exquisite and the surroundings just as luxurious — take your pick from five bedrooms and six bathrooms, then relax on the expansive balcony deck or work up a sweat in the fully-equipped gym. End the day with a dip in the outdoor heated pool, a sauna session or a pinot noir in the spa.
From $5000 per night
was designed for entertaining: with a large kitchen and additional scullery, as well as extensive indoor and outdoor dining areas, this is a MasterChef's dream home. It encompasses four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a media room and a large outdoor area with an open fire and spa pool, so there's enough space for families or groups to spread out and enjoy the seclusion.
From $2500 per night.
Perched high atop Queenstown Hill, Ekara House is one of the Southern Lakes' prime luxury residences. The views here are unrivalled, from the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu to the bright lights of Queenstown's CBD sitting below. Stylish and contemporary, the home features five luxuriously appointed bedrooms, two large living and dining areas, two kitchens, multiple balconies and a separate self-contained studio.
From $2300 per night.
A privately located contemporary home balanced on an elevated knoll, is elegant, modern and spacious, yet warm and welcoming at the same time. With exquisite art works showcased throughout the five-bedroom, five-bathroom home, as well as state-of-the-art appliances, a master suite with a unique open ensuite and a courtyard offering the kind of views you see in a Tourism New Zealand brochure, Pikorua is the ultimate in luxury.
From $1500 per night.