Experience Stoneridge Estate and its Surroundings

Stoneridge Estate is the perfect base from which to explore all the amazing attractions and activities that Queenstown has to offer. As the closest Cellar Door to Queenstown, Stoneridge is surrounded by one of the most amazing mountain rail trails of New Zealand.

Lake Hayes is in front of us, a warm afternoon is perfect for an energetic walk or a more sedate stroll through the water gardens and vineyard, exploring the historic stone ruins, Art Gallery and summer Café. As twilight approaches, watch the sun sink behind magnificent snowcapped mountains, cozy in front of the outdoor fire or cradle a complimentary glass of Pinot Noir in the warmth of our Guest Lounge. Dine in (by arrangement) or slip out to one of the dozens of fabulous restaurants and cafés close by.

In Summer warm weather and long evenings..

 ..are perfect for alfresco dining, lakeside barbecues and getting outdoors to enjoy the lakes and trails which we have plenty of around the area. From December all the way through to end of February the sun shines bright from 5am until 10pm and offers plenty of time for the broad range of outdoor activities Queenstown has to offer. Nature lovers, thrill seekers, food & wine connoisseurs or the ones looking for relaxation & indulgence – summer has got all of you covered and provides you with warm and dry temperatures between 19 and 29 degrees Celsius. 

Visit in Autumn with its warm & balmy..

..10 to 22 degrees Celsius days and enjoy the spectacular change of seasons as the landscape bursts into a blaze of red and gold in contrast to deep marine blue lakes. To experience the buzz around 200 of Central Otago’s remarkable vineyards, early Autumn is a great time to come as tons of grapes are harvested during that period. Not only wine lovers find satisfaction, there are plenty activities and festivals like the Arrowtown Autumn Festival, Queenstown Bike Festival or the NZ Golf Championships. 

From June to September, the region transforms into a Winter Wonderland..

..attracting snow enthusiasts from around the world with stunning scenery, crisp blue-sky days, easy access to some of New Zealand’s finest skiing, and lots of great events. Although temperatures vary between 3 and 10 degrees Celsius, due to being located about 350 meters above sea level the snow rarely reaches the surrounding townships. In case you need a break from snow sports there are plenty options to fill your days with like adventure sports such as rafting, a helicopter flight or a day to relax & unwind at Onsen Hot Pools.

Spring time combines the best of both worlds –

warmer temperatures, longer days and fresh, bright colours transform the landscape but there’s still plenty of snow on the mountains for great spring skiing and riding at any of the region’s six diverse ski fields. With temperatures ranging from 8 to 20 degrees, this month provides you with everything Queenstown has to offer on its doorstep. For photographers interested in magnificent landscape photography out there, it is the perfect time to capture impressive snow-covered mountain peaks alongside a variety of blooming flowers and cherry blossom. 

The Area’s History

Around 1300 the first Maori arrived in Otago, where their days were filled with hunting and burning down most of the inland forest. Their chance of sustaining a population was tough due to the cold climate which made it impossible to grow vegetables and fruits. Focusing on the coast as their settlement, it provided them with ocean fish, seabirds and seals as nourishment. 

A few hundred years later in the 1790s, the first European sealers arrived in the north of New Zealand, setting up camps mostly in Fiordland and introducing the potato. About a decade later the southern waters were populated by European whalers and it did not take long until whaling stations ran out of whales and Maori turned into a small minority of the population. 

Almost hundred years later in 1853 the first European, Nathaniel Chalmers, discovered Whakatipu wai Maori, or the more popular name Lake Wakatipu. A few years later in the 1860s, the first gold rush turned Central Otago into a place of interest and some of those trails across the hills can still be seen, as well as engineered water channels, mines and machinery. 

A less than 10-minute drive away from Stoneridge Estate you can experience the remains of a small Chines miners village in lovely Arrowtown. This beautiful spot not only offers a breathtaking natural environment with its surrounding mountains and the sparkling Arrow River, it is also the home of Buckingham Street and its lovely shops, galleries, bars and restaurants. 

The hype for gold faded and so did the area’s population decline. Less than 1000 people plus a small number of summer holiday makers where located around Queenstown through the first half of the 20thCentury. Since then, the numbers expanded rapidly up to 20,000 inhabitants and about 3 million visitors each year. 

Stoneridge’s Location

Some say our lovely Stoneridge Estate is located perfectly, with only short drives to peak Queenstown destinations, activities and attractions.

Queenstown township – 18 minutes
Frankton airport & shops – 10 minutes
Arrowtown – 10 minutes
Wanaka – 50 minutes
Cardrona Valley & ski field – 40 minutes
The Remarkables ski field – 35 minutes
Coronet Peak ski field – 30 minutes

"We have stayed at Stoneridge a few times, and 3 weeks ago we stayed at Stonerige for a week and had our wedding ceremony and reception there. We were lucky to have such stunning we..."

- Steph and Steve - September 2018