Defining the ultimate winter weekend in Queenstown is impossible. It depends on many things.

Are you a hard-core skier who wants to spend every waking moment up the mountain? Or are you someone who wants to avoid the slopes altogether and sample some of our award-winning wineries and foodie hot spots? Do you want to take some time to explore the area and see some sights? Or have you visited Queenstown before and are now looking for to explore some hidden spots untracked by the everyday tourist?

This is where my team comes in, Concierge.  We can help pull together for you the ultimate weekend – whatever your preference. It’s all part of the service at Millbrook Resort – we want you to get the most from your stay with us.

Below I’ve detailed one possible weekend plan that we think would be pretty amazing.. all options detailed below can be booked by us for you. 


An early morning flight to Queenstown sees you step off the plane lane onto the tarmac to million dollar views and crisp clean winter air! You see your name on a board held by a smiling Millbrook team member and you hop in the shuttle and cruise to the resort.  

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Head off up the mountain to enjoy a day skiing The Remarkables! With 385 hectares of terrain for all levels, three terrain parks, cafes and even a mountain bar in the snow, you’ll love your day high in the tops above the basin. See if you can find the ultimate lookout point over the lake back to Queenstown high above Shadow basin!

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After a big day, make the most of our on-site services by booking in at the Millhouse Restaurant. It's award-winning dining at its best, you’ll be blown away by the attention to detail and flavours of the dishes and wine served. A must for foodies.

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If a more casual evening is preferred, settle down in front of the fire at the Hole In One Cafe for a gourmet Pizza and glass of Pinot and watch the All Blacks take on the Lions on big screen!

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A big beautiful breakfast buffet at the Clubhouse. The options are endless!

Next up, stretch out those sore post-skiing muscles at a Millbrook Health & Fitness Centre yoga class. Our classes are extremely popular with members and visitors alike.

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You could then combine some exercise with a spot of wine tasting, on a spectacular bike tour through our stunning area with Around the Basin bike tours, visiting world renowned wineries such as Amisfield, visit the underground wine cave at Gibbston Valley, stunning Valli, scenic Chard Farm and the impressive Peregrine Wines. Shuttles are available home if you decide one stopover is tasty enough to stay longer…

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OR take a scenic trip aboard the lady of the lake, Steamboat T.S.S Earnslaw across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak for a gourmet BBQ with Real Journeys. This trip combines history, lake views, a kiwi farm tour and food so good you’ll want to nap on the way home. Perfect for families.

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When nighttime falls, you could head into Queenstown to dine and party, or you could experience the sparkle of snow under spotlight Night skiing at Coronet Peak! Ski under lights, DJ’s playing, grab a pizza from the restaurant and sit around braziers on the deck.. it’s a unique Queenstown experience!

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Brunch in Arrowtown at the super tasty Chop Shop Food Merchants.  You won’t want to miss this place if you are a fan of on-point espressos and even better eggs. Perfect with a Bloody Mary, the Turkish eggs are to die for... as are the dumplings!

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Then enjoy a jaw-dropping fix-wing flight with Air Milford over the Humbodlt mountains to world Famous Milford Sound, where you’ll enjoy a cruise out to the Tasman Ocean.

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After all that, you’ll probably be ready for a celebratory wine at the airport as you wait for your flight home. What a weekend! 

If you are looking for help planning your weekend at Millbrook Resort, please get in touch with my team by calling 0800 800 604, or emailing

Gary McGrath
Senior Concierge