$100k to stay in ‘rock star’ Queenstown property


Queenstown’s luxury short-term rental market has hit a jaw-dropping new high.

Accommodation at The Copper House, a massive new home at Aspen Grove, has come on the market for a mind-boggling $20,000 a night – for a minimum of five nights.

According to the Touch of Spice Private Villa Collection website, it’s “not only the largest villa available for short-term luxury rental in the Queenstown region, it is also the most luxurious”.

The six-bedroom 1100 square metre house, thought to have cost $10 million-plus to build, includes a children’s wing with six bunk beds, cinema room, wine cellar, spa, gym and outdoor pool.

Features include a copper-lined exterior, large outdoor entertaining area, twisted schist stone walls, stunning artwork and a ground source heat pump system.

The Australian Financial Review magazine recently included The Copper House among a collection of six ‘designer rentals’, calling it “the most dazzling rental in Queenstown” and “stratospherically expensive”.

The house was built for Australian food importer and BRW Rich Lister Roy Manassen.

Manassen commissioned Arrowtowner Anna-Marie Chin of Crosson Clarke Carnachan Chin Architects as the main architect and interior designer.

Chin comments: “Folding roof and wall planes of copper step across the undulations of the site creating spaces within the house that respond and accentuate the experiences and shifts in views of the majestic Queenstown Bay landscape and surrounding mountains.”

Construction was handled by local brothers Paul and Peter Rogers along with Brian Hill while Queenstown’s LAND Landscape Architects designed the garden.

Local company Civil Construction won a national award for the site works which included a 65m-long retaining wall.

Touch of Spice owner Jacqui Spice calls it “a real rock star kind of property”.

“I guess I like the fact it’s a real statement, it takes up that whole side of Aspen Grove.

“Inside it you’ve got the best views in Queenstown and incredible privacy.”

Spice says from an international point of view it’s not too pricy to rent.

“The owner himself when he travels to Europe pays upward of $100,000 a week to stay in a pretty flash place.”

Spice says she’s had a lot of enquiries for The Copper House though no bookings so far.

“We’ve had people really close to it and then they’ve decided to go somewhere like Dubai.

“We had a big lead for New Year for some clients but they couldn’t get the flights in to New Zealand.”