Mount Cook Lakeside Retreat

Mt Cook, Canterbury and the West Coast, New Zealand

At a Glance

  • Enjoy spectacular stargazing at the onsite observatory

  • The Ashley Mackenzie Villa has a private spa with an outdoor hot tub

  • The property is private and secluded so great for those looking to escape the crowds

  • The Ashely McKenzie villa offers views across the turquoise blue waters of Lake Pukaki

  • Set in a forest wilderness, there are amazing trails to explore

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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.

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Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation to Mount Cook Lakeside Retreat or take a look at our itineraries to Canterbury and the West Coast

Description

Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat is set in a forest wilderness overlooking the turquoise blue waters of Lake Pukaki. It is right on the doorstep of Aoraki Mt Cook National Park located in the beautiful and unique Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area.

Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat is set in a forest wilderness overlooking the turquoise blue waters of Lake Pukaki. It is right on the doorstep of Aoraki Mt Cook National Park located in the beautiful and unique Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area.

From your room you can enjoy uninterrupted views up Lake Pukaki to the Southern Alps and Aoraki Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain. And the night sky is spectacular as the property is located within the gold level Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.

With two large double bedrooms, the Ashley Mackenzie Villa is a great choice for families or two couples traveling together. Each of the bedrooms has an en suite Edwardian-style bathroom with tiled walls and a freestanding bathtub with views to a private garden. In addition, a beautiful open-plan drawing room connects the two bedrooms and is appointed with an open fireplace, high ceiling and polished wood dining table, along with french doors opening out onto the lawn. Whilst staying in the Ashley Mackenzie Villa, you will also have exclusive use of the Fantail Spa, which includes a sauna, outdoor hot tub, gym and treatment room.

The Pukaki Homestead is also made up of two spacious double bedrooms, styled as a European farmhouse, both with french doors opening out onto a private courtyard with views over Mt Cook and the Ben Ohau range. Both bedrooms have super king beds that can also be made up into two king single beds. The homestead features one large Edwardian style bathroom with tesselated French Winkelmann tile flooring, Perrin and Rowe tapware and both a bathtub and shower. In addition, guests can relax in the homestead's charming library which also looks out over the mountain range.

On site guests may also use the tennis court, petanque and croquest sets on the lawn, and the curling rink in the winter months. There is also the onsite Pukaki Cellar Observatory where world-class stargazing can be had.

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Experiences

  • Pukaki Observatory - Dark Sky Experience - Shared

    Visit the Pukaki Observatory where you can view some of the darkest and glittering skies in the world. Lake Pukaki has some of the clearest skies to view the Milky Way Galaxy. With a 6" refractor telescope, take a closer look at planets like Jupiter.

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Mt Cook, Canterbury and the West Coast, New Zealand

Located on the doorstep of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park in the beautiful Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area, Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat is surrounded by forest and nestled between Lake Pukaki and the Ben Ohau ranges.

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Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation to Mount Cook Lakeside Retreat or take a look at our itineraries to Canterbury and the West Coast