Planning a few days in Queenstown in early December. What would be the best place(s) to stay - maybe a little funky and not too over the top in terms of budget. Will be around 5 nights.
I would recommend the Hotel Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, right in town, near the lake and park, good breakfast and rooms to share.
Depending on the time of the year, prices and availability varies. December is awesome summer. Hence it makes a lot of sense to book as early as possible. The best resources we locals use for bookings in NZ is www.wotif.co.nz and www.bookabach.co.nz. The reviews are normally good enough to decide on a property. Some other sites you can use are www.airbnb.com, www.trademe.com etc. Happy traveling!!!
I stayed at the Heartland Hotel Queenstown. It had a great view along with a kitchen. It was about $100 NZ a night for a big room with high ceilings. I'd stay there again!