$10k/night Queenstown penthouse to open
The winners of Wednesday night's $44 million Lotto draw might consider one of their first purchases to be a stay in New Zealand's priciest hotel suite in Queenstown.
At a cool $10,000 per night, Eichardt's Private Hotel's new suite, named "The Penthouse," is set to officially open on Queenstown's Waterfront mid-December.
The $10,000 gets you an in-suite sauna, 100sqm balcony, and 24/7 butler service, private chef and the use of a Land Rover with a driver.
"The Penthouse" is the pride and joy of the Eichardt's $6 million expansion, which also includes a new 200-seat restaurant.
The Chief Executive of Destination Queenstown, Graham Budd, said it was exciting to see a new luxury offering and retail experience being added to the centre of Queenstown.
"Queenstown is New Zealand's premium visitor destination and attracts guests in the luxury market from Australia, America, Asia and Europe as well as domestically - all looking to enjoy stunning scenery, authentic experiences, unique activities and fine local cuisine and wine in a welcoming and safe environment.
"Queenstown is the natural choice for the premium market and it's great to see investment in product for this sector."
The hotel's owner, Andrew Cox, says the renovation is to cater for a new class of guest.
"With a small yet powerful group of discerning guests heading to Queenstown on a regular basis, often by private plane, The Penthouse is a natural extension of Eichardt's... It is testament to Queenstown's reputation as one of the world's finest tourist destinations."
Mr Cox believes this addition keeps New Zealand up with the likes of London, New York and Paris.