For those wanting to explore the outdoors in Queenstown or Wanaka--but not deal with the crowds of people (particularly in Queenstown), I couldn't recommend Silverpine more highly. Silverpine is located on a hilltop off the main road to Wanaka--so easy to hop down to town if you wish--but otherwise it's just you, the two owners, their two dogs, and the most beautiful hotel views I saw during our stay in New Zealand.
The food is great, and the hosts are wonderful: they leave you to relax alone, but are ready whenever you need them to point you towards a great hike, or fix up some tea and fresh cookies. They could not have been nicer. In fact, when they discovered I had left my hat after check out, they delivered it to our next hotel--about an hour and a half away!
The hotel is situated between two lakes, and there are wonderful walks for every fitness level. Although we had brought out own hiking gear, Mike and Sue had plenty at the house for guests to use.
Loved the hotel, loved the hosts, and we would definitely return if we wound up in New Zealand again.