Just outside, the tree-lined historic settlement of Arrowtown, and a short drive from the year-round resort playground of Queenstown, Millbrook Resort is a former wheat farm that now seamlessly combines a luxury holiday experience with a championship golf course and state-of-the art facilities that can be enjoyed whatever the weather.
Since the historic property was purchased by Japan’s Ishii family over 20 years ago, the resort has been crafted into an exquisite natural landscape that has seen Millbrook scoop a steady stream of top awards from around the world.
These have included being named 'Best Resort in New Zealand' for three consecutive years, 'Best Golf Resort in Australasia' at the World Travel Awards and Trip Adviser’s 'Top Hotel in New Zealand' for two years running.
Millbrook's 27-hole championship golf course
One of the most thrilling aspects of Millbrook is its 27-hole championship golf course located on the doorstep of the award-winning accommodation and home to the annual New Zealand Open in conjunction with neighbouring golf course The Hills.
Designed by New Zealand golfing legend Sir Bob Charles and re-imagined in 2010 by former New Zealand professional golfer and two-time New Zealand Open winner Greg Turner, Millbrook’s three courses make full use of the diverse terrain gifted by Mother Nature and have names inspired by the places that surround them.
The Arrow Nine, The Coronet Nine and The Remarkables Nine showcase breathtaking scenery that offers photo opportunities at every turn. With five different tee positions and a variety of natural elements to contend with, Millbrook offers a challenge for the expert and a charming introduction for the novice.
The Village at Millbrook
The five-star accommodation at Millbrook Resort is a break from the norm with a variety of options dotted around the expansive 500-acre property. The Village Inn and Villa Suites are luxurious, compact suites surrounded by colourful native New Zealand flora and fauna.
The provincial French-inspired Hotel Villa has unrivalled views of the craggy alpine landscape that surrounds the resort and the championship golf course.
The quaint Cottages offer a luxurious home-away-from-home with a variety of bedroom options, a private courtyard and spectacular views, while Millbrook’s newest addition, the Fairway Homes, offer another level of luxury.
The seven Fairway Homes, designed by some of New Zealand’s most talented architects and individually decorated with lavish furnishings, offer a high standard of luxury, tranquillity and individuality.
The Spa at Millbrook
The Spa at Millbrook - named one of the 'Top 10 Spa' facilities in the world - provides an array of treatments and experiences. While some rooms allow the calm of natural light and window-framed landscapes, others are kept dim, quiet and serene.
A well-equipped health and fitness centre, covered driving range, swimming pool, outdoor spa pool, tennis court and a variety of biking and walking trails can also be found around the grounds.
The Millhouse Restaurant
World-class dining can be experienced at Millbrook's four eateries - all of which make use of heritage buildings and historic artefacts that belong to the property.
The award-winning Millhouse Restaurant - under the direction of Executive Chef Andi Bozhiqi - provides modern fine dining complete with views of the 18th hole and beyond.
The Hole in One café serves great food in a relaxed atmosphere, The Club House is the perfect breakfast stop in a restaurant that transforms into a function room for a variety of occasions, while Kobe Cuisine offers Japanese delights with a twist.
Millbrook and history
The creators of Millbrook have managed to successfully intertwine the colourful history of a property that has close ties to the gold rush era of the 1800s and the first Chinese immigrants to New Zealand.
Originally a wheat farm established in the 1860s to feed miners flocking to the area in search of gold, it was transformed into a make-shift hospital during World War One.
The property was purchased by the Ishii family, from Japan, in 1993 who began a journey of transforming the rural farm with a majestic mountain outlook into the five-star resort that it is today, while retaining much of the charm of yesteryear by restoring and incorporating some of the historic items found on the land.
Spring at Millbrook
Once at the resort, visitors feel like they are a world-away, although Millbrook is just a short distance from the gold rush era village of Arrowtown with its many restaurants, cafes, museum and boutique shops and Queenstown, a year-round paradise with attractions including world-class wineries, five ski areas, great nightlife, multiple golf courses and award-winning restaurants and bars.
The Hills golf course - Queenstown, NZ
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