Forty-Two, Queenstown

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 25 May, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 25 May, 2008, 12:00am

Where is it? Situated on Mann Street, Forty-Two is perched on a steep hillside above the New Zealand town of Queenstown, with stunning views across Lake Wakatipu to the peaks beyond. It's a five-minute drive into town and about twenty minutes from the airport.

So what are we talking? Think a secret celebrity retreat - the three-level house is unassuming from the outside but inside it's a different story. Go through the massive doors into an opulent living space with floor-to-ceiling windows and a massive gas fireplace built from hand-selected river stones. The design is elegant yet contemporary; luxury New Zealand at its best.

How luxurious, exactly? The house is made for living in, but good living. The middle level features a plasma screen, DVDs, a stereo and a media library. The kitchen would make a chef squeal with delight and the back patio boasts a lap pool and barbecue area. The master bedroom is graced with possum-fur rugs (don't baulk until you've tried them), stunning views, a walk-in wardrobe and a bed you'd have to be a sprinter to catch your better half in. In the bathroom, there are double basins carved from black marble, double rain-showers and a free-standing claw-foot bath next to a massive viewing window. There is also a fully equipped office with internet and fax lines.

Is it just for couples, or can friends come? That's one of the best things about Forty-Two. The master bedroom will have you replaying your honeymoon but there are two more bedrooms on the lowest level, one with a queen-size bed and the other with two singles. Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom. There is a full laundry and a double garage for that sexy red convertible from the hire agency while the living room (above right), Forty-Two's hub, boasts a 10-seat dining table. There is more than enough space for everyone to escape or to hang out together.

More than a house? As one of the Touch-of-Spice managed properties, Forty-Two comes with a raft of optional extras, including visiting chefs to whip up a feast, cocktail-party catering, concierge services, tour bookings, tee-off times and wine tours.

What's the bottom line? Rates run from NZ$1,250 (HK$7,504) per night for the whole house.

Forty Two is at 42 Mann Street, Queenstown, New Zealand; log onto for details.