No Air-Conditioning in New Zealand during April

By djtech | Jan 17, 2019, 11:46 PM
Hi all,

I'm considering booking a hotel with no air-conditioning. Do you think its necessary in Queenstown during April? I have looked at the past weather and it seems to go from around 5 to 20 degrees or so. Also, would heating be necessary as well? Thanks your your help.
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By adethyasjce | Jan 17, 2019, 11:57 PM
Re air con - I wouldn’t think so. I did a trip to Queenstown in April a few years back and it was perfect. It wasn’t too cold and the temperatures were around the 15-20 degree Celsius mark. So I think you would be fine in a non aircon room.

Re heating - depends on personal preference. Me for instance wouldn’t have heating as I love the cold weather. And all I needed in my trip to keep myself comfortable were a hoodie jumper and a cap

If I may suggest -
You may choose to wear few layers of clothing and add or remove layers depending on how you feel ?
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By Sibelius | Jan 18, 2019, 01:02 AM
I can’t believe that any accommodation in Queenstown would not include heating.
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By idb | Jan 18, 2019, 06:44 AM
I find staying down in Qtown a lot, that the hotel rooms can get quite stuffy, even in winter due to insulation requirements in NZ (and will always have the AC on/thermostat adjusted down!).

April SHOULD be ok but if you're there for more than a couple of nights, I'd suggest maybe looking at other properties with AC.
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By tommygun | Jan 18, 2019, 07:34 AM
I know Queenstown well. It's unlikely you'll need AC in April, unless perhaps if you're in a room where the windows don't open and/or the bedcovers are too hot because they are designed for winter warmth. Nights can get cold in April though, so heating of some kind would be wise although as Sibelius says there wouldn't be much (if any) accommodation in a ski resort that doesn't have it. If you would name the hotel you are interested in I'd be happy to give more specific advice e.g. is it on a busy road, or in the CBD late night bar area, where you'll need to have the windows closed anyway etc...
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By djtech | Jan 18, 2019, 10:20 AM
I know Queenstown well. It's unlikely you'll need AC in April, unless perhaps if you're in a room where the windows don't open and/or the bedcovers are too hot because they are designed for winter warmth. Nights can get cold in April though, so heating of some kind would be wise although as Sibelius says there wouldn't be much (if any) accommodation in a ski resort that doesn't have it. If you would name the hotel you are interested in I'd be happy to give more specific advice e.g. is it on a busy road, or in the CBD late night bar area, where you'll need to have the windows closed anyway etc...
It's the St Moritz Queesntown MGallery.
On the website, it says it's missing Air-Conditing but doesn't say anything about the heating. I do know of fireplaces in the lobby area though.

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By tommygun | Jan 18, 2019, 11:38 AM
This hotel is relatively old, and that can be a problem it seems. I'm told the top 2 floors, 6 and 7 I think, do have airconditioning but you might want to confirm that. It is said to be noisy. I assume the rooms on those levels are at a higher price point. The windows in all rooms open only 5-10cm or so. The rooms are often described as stuffy. There is heating if needed. If it makes a difference, the walk from town back to the hotel is up a very steep hill. The street between the hotel and the lake, Lake Esplanade, is very busy during the day although the hotel itself is on Brunswick St which will be fairly quiet (but no lake view). I hope this helps.
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