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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.

HOLIDAY HOMES

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

Goodstays Queenstown, www.goodstays.co.nz
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 queenstown@goodstays.co.nz

Resort Property Rentals, www.resortrentals.co.nz
For short-term lets in houses and apartments around Queenstown.
E-mail: enquiries@resortrentals.co.nz.

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

Queenstown Holiday Homes, www.queenstownholidayhomes.com
For short-term lets in houses and apartments.
Pauline Marron, e-mail stay@queenstownholidayhomes.com.

Vacation Villas, www.vacationvillas.co.nz
Contact David Clarke or Susan Murray for short term lets around Queenstown.
E-mail stay@vacationvillas.co.nz

Executive Accommodation, www.executiveaccommodation.co.nz
For short term lets around Queenstown.
E-mail admin@eaqueenstown.co.nz

ACCOMMODATION BOOKING SITES

(these sites can be good for gaining an overview of what is available, and occasionally offer bargains)

www.travelbug.co.nz - user friendly site usually with some good prices
www.wotif.com/hotels/new-zealand-south-island-queenstown-hotels.html
www.innz.co.nz
www.queenstown-nz.co.nz/information/Accommodation/ - an excellent information site giving contact details for numerous accommodation places, in all price ranges.

HOTELS (higher end)

Millennium Queenstown, www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/millenniumqueenstown
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
e-mail: millennium.queenstown@millenniumhotels.co.nz

Copthorne Lakefront, www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/copthornequeenstownlakefront
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
email: copthorne.lakefront@millenniumhotels.co.nz

Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview, www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/kingsgatequeenstown
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
email: kingsgate.queenstown@millenniumhotels.co.nz

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

Further accommodation links:

BACKPACKERS

blacksheepbackpackers.co.nz - 13 Frankton Road, Queenstown.
Reasonable quality backpacker accommodation, two minutes' walk from the tournament venue.

http://nomadshostels.com/hostels/new-zealand/queenstown-nomads-backpackers - the hip new Nomad establishment is situated in the heart of town. Eight minutes walk to the tournament venue.

www.stayatbase.com/base-backpackers-queenstown-hostel/ - 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.

MORE ACCOMMODATION WITHIN 5 MINUTES' WALK TO THE TOURNAMENT HALL

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

Garden Court, www.gardencourt.co.nz
directly opposite the tournament hall.

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

Four Seasons Resort - www.queenstownmotel.com
Alexis Motor Lodge & Apartments - www.alexisqueenstown.co.nz
Queenstown Motel Apartments - www.qma.co.nz
Autoline Motel - www.autolinemotel.co.nz
Hurleys Quality Inn - www.hurleys.co.nz
Amity Lodge - www.amitylodge.co.nz

CAR HIRE

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
website: www.omegarentals.com

Pegasus Car Rental,
Queenstown Branch website: www.carrentalsqueenstown.co.nz

Apex Car Rentals, Queenstown Airport Branch
website: www.apexrentals.co.nz

Ace Rental Cars
website: www.acerentalcars.co.nz/queenstown_car_rental_branch.htm

Thifty Car Rentals
website: www.thifty.co.nz