Q’town hotel guest shocked to find ‘lake view’ is TV screen

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A recent visitor to Queenstown was surprised to find that the ‘lake view’ from her room was not what it seemed.

After booking a surprisingly affordable suite at the Mi-Pad Hotel on Henry Street, Miriam Moore was shocked and amused by what she found.

Instead of a sweeping panorama of Wakatipu, she discovered the room had a televised feed from a rooftop camera view.

Moore says she and a friend booked the listing on the promise of a “mountain view, lake view, city view” for their lakeside break.

His guess was that it must be referring to the video feed from the television, as the only window looked out onto the road at the back. After booking online, she was attracted by the promise of the view. “Fair play with them,” she wrote.

The hotel’s website describes rooms as modern with “options for Remarkables Scenic Mountains or Picturesque Lake Wakatipu Views” though that’s “(subject to availability)”.

The hotel has confirmed that all rooms have the ability to stream live views from cameras on the side of the hotel, to allow everyone access to the stunning lake views. The rooftop terrace social area is open to all guests.

Although Moore said it was a little cheeky, she didn’t mind.

“It was affordable and we were barely in the room. We were enjoying Queenstown.”

The high-tech solution to sharing the view comes as the price of lakeside accommodation rises over the summer.

This Christmas, Queenstown rooms and self-catering baches have increased by almost a third, up 31% on last year according to Bachcare.

With the first summer of open borders and no covid travel restrictions, those renting accommodation expect there to be a premium on quaint rooms.

Views of Lake Wakatipu are a sought after commodity.

For the first week of December, Airbnb has an average rate of $530 per night in Queenstown, compared to $300 in Wanaka and Cromwell.

The rooftop camera might be a more economical option.

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