Queenstown charities benefit from QT housewarming

13 February, 2018 by
Hospitality Business

Photo credit QT Queenstown/Instagram


Designer quirk, tasty tipples and edgy in-room activations were the order of the night when invited locals from across the tourism, hospitality and business sectors attended QT Queenstown’s official housewarming.

Changing up the typical housewarming custom, QT Queenstown gave rather than received, gifting 10 free room nights to 10 local charities nominated on arrival by housewarming guests. The 10 charities listed below were announced winners of the 10 free room nights on the night, much to the delight of Queenstown’s Happiness House – running a drop-in centre where the community can get confidential support, including crisis intervention, resolution and general social support for families and individuals.

Manager of Happiness House, Karen Stuart says, “We love the fact that so many people nominated and supported our centre. We are always so appreciative to have Happiness Houses’ work recognised by members of the community.  We will use this opportunity to raise funds and it is another chance to raise awareness of our centre and what we can provide to wonderful Wakatipu.”


Invited guests, including Councillor Tony Hill, from Queenstown and the surrounding areas were let loose to explore the resort towns hottest new hotel on Wednesday, 31st January, finishing with cocktails and canapes in Reds Bar.

General Manager of EVENT Hotels & Resorts New Zealand, Simon White says, “QT staff felt it was important to have a housewarming event for the local community and give them the opportunity to explore the hotel and meet the awesome people working there. The housewarming was a fantastic event and everyone I spoke to felt positive about QT being a part of the community.

“We wanted to go one-step further in backing up our intent to be a community partner by showing QT’s support for local charities and not-for-profits and the incredible work they do in the community,” Simon adds. “QT doesn’t mind if the 10 free room nights given to the chosen 10 charities are used at a charity auction to raise money, or as a thank you gift to a hard-working volunteer member of their team. We are thrilled with the 10 charities chosen and hope our contribution helps.”

The 10 charities announced as winners of a free room night to be used within 12 months are:

  1. Sustainable Queenstown
  2. Queenstown SPCA
  3. Search and Rescue Queenstown
  4. Women’s Refuge
  5. Plunket Queenstown
  6. Queenstown Fire Brigade
  7. Jigsaw Central Lakes
  8. Air Rescue Trust
  9. Happiness House
  10. Happiness House

Happiness House received two complimentary room nights due to overwhelming support and amount of nominations received on the night.