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The month of January in New Zealand is the height of summer, and Queenstown is a popular holiday destination. Accommodation (and car hire if required) is best booked well in advance, to get the best choice of places and rates.

Tip: check before booking that your accommodation is within easy walking distance of the Millennium Hotel venue - you will arrive more relaxed for your games! It is also nice to be able to stroll home from the Queenstown town centre, after a glass or two of Pinot Noir in the evening.

Finding somewhere close to the venue/town centre should be easy - there is a wide choice of places to stay in Queenstown.


Renting a holiday home with friends will keep the cost down - ask for somewhere near the tournament venue.

Goodstays Queenstown,
corner Camp and Shotover Street, First Floor Chester Building, Queenstown.
Tel 03 409 0537.
For short-term holiday lets in houses and apartments around Queenstown. Search their Holiday Rentals website or e-mail

Resort Property Rentals,
For short-term lets in houses and apartments around Queenstown.

Blue Peaks Apartments and Blue Peaks Lodge,
(corner of Stanley St and Sydney St, just 150 metres from the tournament hall).
A range of different-sized units and apartments.
E-mail and

Queenstown Holiday Homes,
For short-term lets in houses and apartments.
Pauline Marron, e-mail

Vacation Villas,
Contact David Clarke or Susan Murray for short term lets around Queenstown.

Executive Accommodation,
For short term lets around Queenstown.


(these sites can be good for gaining an overview of what is available, and occasionally offer bargains) - user friendly site usually with some good prices - an excellent information site giving contact details for numerous accommodation places, in all price ranges.

HOTELS (higher end)

Millennium Queenstown,
corner of Frankton Rd and Stanley St, Queenstown;
special chess rate: NZ$175.00 incl GST per room per night - Bed & Breakfast for 2 persons
Tel: +64 3 441 8888 Fax: +64 3 441 8889

Copthorne Lakefront,
Corner Frankton Rd & Adelaide St, Private Bag, Queenstown;
special chess rate: NZ$160.00 incl GST per room per night - Bed & Breakfast for 2 persons
tel: +64 3 442 8123 fax: +64 3 442 7472 reservation: +64 9 309 4420

Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview,
88 Frankton Road, Queenstown;
special chess rate: NZ$160.00 incl GST per room per night - Bed & Breakfast for 2 persons
tel: +64 3 442 7950 fax: +64 3 442 8066 reservation: +64 9 309 4420

Novotel, - four-star hotel in the Queenstown town centre.
Six minutes' walk to the playing hall.

Further accommodation links:

BACKPACKERS - 13 Frankton Road, Queenstown.
Reasonable quality backpacker accommodation, two minutes' walk from the tournament venue. - the hip new Nomad establishment is situated in the heart of town. Eight minutes walk to the tournament venue. - Base Queenstown - good quality budget hostel accommodation at the Base Discovery Lodge, well-located in the town centre and walkable to the venue. Choose from single, double, twin, triple or dorm rooms.


For those on a budget, some of these places offer "family units" which can sleep 6 or more people.

Garden Court,
directly opposite the tournament hall.

Caples Court,
the friendly owners Scott and Sonya Ford say to ask for a chessplayer discount.
They also manage The Lofts,
which are holiday apartments right in the middle of town.

Four Seasons Resort -
Alexis Motor Lodge & Apartments -
Queenstown Motel Apartments -
Autoline Motel -
Hurleys Quality Inn -
Amity Lodge -


There are many car hire companies in Queenstown, and you will find car hire quite cheap and hassle-free in New Zealand. The car hire companies offer airport pickups whether or not they maintain a counter at the airport. Here is a selection of firms:

Omega Car Rentals

Pegasus Car Rental,
Queenstown Branch website:

Apex Car Rentals, Queenstown Airport Branch

Ace Rental Cars

Thifty Car Rentals