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Matakauri Lodge

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Matakauri Lodge

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Spectacularly situated on Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge offers stunning views from every angle of the Remarkable mountain ranges. Just seven minutes from Queenstown, Matakauri Lodge is an alpine lakeside retreat nestled in one of the world's most serenely beautiful landscapes.

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Spectacularly situated on Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge offers stunning views from every angle of the Remarkable mountain ranges. Just seven minutes from Queenstown, Matakauri Lodge is an alpine lakeside retreat nestled in one of the world's most serenely beautiful landscapes.

The Lodge and adjoining suites, originally constructed in 2000 with a contemporary New Zealand design, reopened in August 2010 after undergoing extensive refurbishment by acclaimed New Zealand Interior Designer, Virginia Fisher.

The Main Lodge consists of spacious lounge, dining and living areas, all with lake views. The Lodge also offers a range of indoor and outdoor dining options for our guests, including superb private dining options. An elegant meeting space with a business centre offering abundant natural light and views of the mountain ranges beyond.

The Lodge offers accommodation in twelve luxurious guest rooms and suites, with eight outlying cottages and four suites located in the main lodge. Each suite offers a private porch, bedroom with sitting area and open fireplace, walk-in wardrobe and bathroom. The suites are nestled in a native forest overlooking the lake and the mountain panorama. The Owner's Cottage, features four suites in a freestanding residence, private Jacuzzi, lounge, kitchen and grand courtyard, ideal for families, couples or friends travelling together, and special celebrations.

As a Relais & Chateaux property, Matakauri Lodge offers a unique dining experience in a luxurious setting. Head Chef Jonathan Roger's modern New Zealand cuisine is focused on showcasing local seasonal produce with clean, fresh flavors in an a la carte menu that changes daily.

The Spa and Fitness Centre is located on the edge of a pine forest, with uninterrupted views to Lake Wakatipu and towering Cecil Peak. The Spa offers a private experience in an unrivalled natural environment and consists of two treatment rooms, each with shower, changing room and private deck. Choose from a variety of treatments including season specific and signature treatments, as well as different styles of massages, facials and body treatments personalized to meet your specific requirements.

We also have a sauna available which is located within our Spa and Fitness Centre. The Fitness Centre consists of a complete spectrum of exercise equipment and free weights. Yoga, Pilates and Personal Training are available by appointment. The luxurious outdoor infinity pool is situated in the Spa and Fitness Centre complex. Relax by the pool or in the jacuzzi with spectacular views of the lake and mountainside.

Central Queenstown is a bustling hive of bars, restaurants and shops, making it a vibrant town center to entertain every visitor. Originally a mining town home to gold rushers, Queenstown has blossomed into the home of adventure sports and the ultimate base camp for visitors to our stunning, pristine natural playground. In town be sure to visit the waterfront, walk past to the Queenstown Gardens or enjoy a ride up Bob's Peak on the gondola to ride the luge or simply have a coffee and enjoy the view.

Google Reviews

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Review date:   May 1, 2018 7:02AM
Review:   The rooms are amazing. Great view of the lake and mountains. Food is delicious and well presented. Staff are helpful and always on hand to answer any questions. Definitely stay here again
Author:   Josh Hayden
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Review date:   June 23, 2018 3:22PM
Review:   Best place on the south island. Best service in NZ.
Author:   Frost Cochran
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Review date:   September 13, 2017 3:34AM
Review:   Beautiful room with breathtaking views, service is above and beyond, excellent facilities and sensational food. Absolutely world class. Thanks team.
Author:   Spud Murphy
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Review date:   April 26, 2017 11:15PM
Review:   Great views, best spa staff and treatments, amazing food, beautiful rooms
Author:   Scott Rissman
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Review date:   January 14, 2017 1:52AM
Review:   The place to stay! Peaceful quiet luxury with amazing views, food and service
Author:   Niels Koervers
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