Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand
Matakauri Lodge is a luxury hideaway set just outside Queenstown on a hillside sloping down to Lake Wakatipu, offering stunningly designed accommodation, fine dining, superb service and incredible panoramic views of the lake and mountains.
At a Glance
This is such a peaceful location and yet so close to Queenstown - ideal for those seeking some solitude but with easy access to this buzzing little alpine town
Boutique in the truest sense of the word, with just eleven suites
Styled by acclaimed interior designer Virginia Fisher
Matakauri Lodge has a Luxury Spa facility, nestled in the pines adjacent to the guest suites
The luxurious outdoor heated infinity pool is perfect after a day of action around Queenstown
Whilst all the gorgeous suites have the wow-factor, Suites 7 and 9 sit at the end of the property and have mesmerising views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountains. Both the beds and baths are purposefully positioned to make the most of these vistas.Scott Dunn team
Try out their riverside network. The forests are super for mountain biking. I noticed that the routes vary in level quite considerably and some routes are quite testing. Make sure you follow the colored markings or you could be in for a shock.Scott Dunn team
Head into town for a lunch time bite to eat at Vudu Café, offering a variety of delicious delicatessen style treats, from wraps, to mouth-watering cakes and fresh smoothies or juices.Sarah Rowan
Make sure you have a tour of the Owner's cottage - with its Alpine Chalet feel and stunning views.
Mark sure you plan a trip with either Stopover jet boats or for the more scenic tour those of the Dart RiverJules Maury
Nestled in native bush, overlooking Lake Wakatipu on the outskirts of vibrant Queenstown, Matakauri Lodge is one of the most private and exclusive addresses in New Zealand. The lodge's communal areas are cosy and welcoming and guests can enjoy the clean crisp interiors bathed in light while reading a book in the library or curled up with a glass of wine in front of the living room's fireplace. This is contemporary casual style with a touch of glamour and the emphasis on natural materials and warm colors to reflect the lodge's majestic surrounds.
Each of Mataukari's spacious suites has its own private sitting room and garden terrace, all of which look out to the mountainous terrain beyond the stunning lake views. Suites are spacious and airy and have been cleverly designed to be simplistic, hence not detracting from the beauty outside, yet all of life's creature comforts have been attended to from the latest audio visual technology to the high quality beds, towels and linen.
Each evening guests gather in the lounge for pre-dinner drinks and canapés and here stories are shared and compared of the day's adventures. The lodge prides itself on showcasing the finest wines and produce in a luxurious setting and whether it is a picnic lunch, gourmet dinner or a private meal in one of the lodge's many special venues, the quality of food and service is second to none.
Explore this beautiful region by helicopter, bungy from one of the highest jumps in the world, speed down the rivers by jet boat or simply enjoy the relaxing environment of Matakauri Lodge at the gorgeous infinity pool or indulgent spa, with its outstanding views of the lake across the beautiful gardens.
Matakauri has eleven luxury suites in total, with eight outlying suites and one lodge room and two lodge suites located in the main building. Every spacious suite has its own private deck and separate sitting area and fireplace. All rooms feature LCD TVs. DVD/CD players , iPod connectivity and wireless internet access. Large picture windows, natural materials, warm colors and crisp, clean modern design dominate throughout with interior designed by well known designer Virginia Fisher. Large bathrooms have twin vanities, oversized bathtubs and luxury toiletries. All suites feature: Wi-Fi, a minibar, air-conditioning and a safe.
Matakauri Lodge welcomes families traveling with children and cots can be arranged for babies. Private dining can be arranged for families with children eating after 7pm but babysitting is also available should you wish to have dinner at separate times. The Lodge Room interconnects with a Deluxe Suite which works perfectly for families.
The main lodge consists of spacious lounge, library, dining and living areas, all with views of Lake Wakatipu. The lodge also offers a range of indoor and outdoor dining options for guests including superb spots for private dining. Facilities include a luxury spa with indulgent treatments such as Snowflake Massage and Alpine Temptation, outdoor heated infinity swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and fully equipped gym with yoga, Pilates and personal training available by appointment.
The lodge has a spa, pool, gym and a number of walking trails on site but can also arrange fishing, white water rafting, heli tours, skiing, heli-skiing, jet boating, hiking, glacier tours and many more adventures for the active guest. Day trips can be accompanied by one of the chef's delicious picnics.
Location & Directions
Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand
Matakauri Lodge is located on Glenorchy Road, overlooking Lake Wakatipu on the outskirts of Queenstown, South Island. Matakauri Lodge is located just 7-minutes from the heart of Queenstown and all its attractions, yet its private setting renders it seemingly a world away, positioned as it is on the edge of Lake Wakatipu with gob-smacking views of the Remarkables.
When to go
The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm and balmy summers and cold crisp winter months with wonderful clear, blue skies. The warmer high-season months of November to April are perfect for outdoor exploration. The colder months of June to August are the best time to ski.
Both North and South Islands are drier on the east coast, rather than on the west, where mountain ranges act as a trap for the moisture-rich winds from the Tasman Sea. It is also worth remembering that it is usually a few degrees cooler on the South Island than the North Island and as New Zealand has a maritime climate, the weather can change rapidly.