Stockmans’ Camp by Eichardt’s Private Hotel

  • Photo by Nick Thomson
    Photo by Nick Thomson
  • Photo by Nick Thomson
  • Margie Goldsmith

The Resort: Eichardt’s Private Hotel dates to 1859, when William Gilbert Rees, cofounder of the city of Queenstown, New Zealand, renovated the woolshed on his lakefront homestead and opened it as an inn for gold prospectors. Far from Rees’ original vision, Eichardt’s today features five hotel suites with fireplaces and heated floors, as well as a separate cottage with four two-bedroom suites, all in what is now the historic district of Queenstown. The hotel also operates Branches Station, a 90,000-acre ranch located 10 minutes by helicopter from the city.

The Villa: As the only accommodation at Branches Station, the four-bedroom Stockmans’ Camp offers guests exclusive access to the sprawling high-country spread. The house itself resembles a humble farmer’s home from the outside, but inside lies a sophisticated dwelling with beds dressed in Frette linens. The staff includes a house manager and chef, as well as an adventure guide who can arrange four-wheel-drive safaris, kayaking and rafting trips, fishing excursions, bike rides, and helicopter skiing.

The Highlight: Crossing the river by four-wheel drive and continuing up a dirt road to visit Branches Station’s resident gold miner, who can teach you how to skin a possum and pan for gold.

The Price: $6,441 per night (two to four guests); $8,419 per night (five to eight guests). +64.3.441.0450, www.eichardtshotel.co.nz

From Around the Web...
From cocktails to devilish accommodations, here’s how to do New Orleans in Robb Report style…
An undulating chapel, an industrial-style restaurant, and redesigned rooms bring the farm into the...
From Watergate to Citizenfour, these luxury hotels played host to major political scandals…
$13.9 million jet trip
The most expensive around-the-world private-jet trip offers much more than sightseeing…
Robb Report celebrates Presidents’ Day with a look at the world’s most extraordinary presidential...
1 Hotel South Beach in Miami
It’s VIP all the way for guests of 1 Hotel South Beach’s exclusive new Retreat Collection…
35th America's Cup at Rosewood Tucker’s Point
Resort guests will watch races aboard the Mariner III yacht, a 122-foot pleasure cruiser built in...
From FDR to JFK, these POTUS-approved hotels are perfect for a President’s Day weekend getaway…
Photo by Marina Mathews
Outdoor enthusiasts can heli-ski and mountain bike while preserving native species and sustainable...
L’Hôtel Marrakech brings modern edge to the traditional Moroccan riad…