Queenstown, Central Otago and the Southern Lakes, New Zealand
At a Glance
Start your morning with spectacular vistas across the azure waters of Lake Wakatipu.
After a day of adventuring in Queenstown, return to the lodge and relax at the Matakauri Spa where holistic hot stone massages and volcanic dust body scrubs beckon.
Sup on local Central Otago Pinot Noirs at the lodge’s bijou bar, before moving into the dining room for an exquisite handcrafted dinner where fresh local ingredients are always on the menu.
With Lake Wakatipu on your front doorstep, kayaking, fishing and luxury yacht trips are all on offer and make for a perfect adventurous addition to any stay at Matakauri Lodge.
On balmier Otago afternoons, take a dip in the lodge’s infinity pool and embrace the dramatic views of the neighboring mountains and reflective lake.
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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.
To start planning your vacation to Matakauri Lodge
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.
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. 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 WiFi, LCD TV, 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.
Charlotte Winter (Staff)
Matakauri Lodge is a world-class property with arguably some of the best views in New Zealand. The property is located around a 10-minute drive outside of Queenstown town center and is therefore a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the alpine town. The hotel is located right by Queenstown's famous lake and it's safe to say that the views across Lake Wakatipu are pretty spectacular. As well as your bedroom, you get to enjoy the scenery from all around the property - the swimming pool, restaurant and even the gym! In terms of dining, the food here is probably some of the best I had throughout my stay in New Zealand, so make sure you leave plenty of space for canapes and dinner in the evening!
Anna Chaplin (Staff)
This lodge stole my heart. The views out across the lakes to the mountains are awe inspiring and you have them all to yourself right from your own room. Each lodge is beautifully designed and very contemporary in style, you feel at home straight away. The main dining areas feel open, light and airy whilst still be cosy and warm. The food is delicious, I had the most amazing melt-in-your-mouth steak whilst there, probably the best I've ever had. Whether you are starting or ending your trip in Queenstown, Matakauri is a must if you can fit it in!
Jules Maury (Staff)
Matakuri is a brightly colored jewel set on Wakatipu lake 10 minutes from the little South Island capital of Queenstown. Reflected in the bright lake waters is the lodge and mountains which frame the property. Walk down to the little beach and brave the fresh clear waters of the lake, take a helicopter up into the mountains and down over the Fjords to Milford and Doubtful Sound or simply sit by their pool and take in the stunning views from their deck. Immaculate rooms decorated in a bright take on the famous Virginia Fischer's taupe, beige and country house design, the oranges and fresh streaks of color are reflected in the sunset each night on the lake. The food here is extremely good and with their own unique backdrop hard to beat. A terrific spot to stop and explore the famous wineries of South Island, fly to various points and explore or take the famous Dart River jet boat through the foaming rivers. If you are needing space the Owners Cottage with its Alpine decor is stunning.
Sarah Rowan (Staff)
This beautiful lodge is just a 10 minute drive from the center of the vibrant town of Queenstown, yet totally tranquil, away from the hustle, bustle and noise. It is perched on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, so you can enjoy stunning views from your bedroom, the main swimming pool, hot tub and beautiful restaurant. It is a boutique option with just 12 rooms, plus the Owners Cottage and so has a totally exclusive feel, with personal 5* service and incredibly friendly staff. The gym and swimming pool are in an idyllic spot overlooking the lake and mountain range beyond. From this peaceful retreat it is hard to believe you are so close to the adventure capital of New Zealand and infamous party town. Everything is fantastically designed and furnished, with a chic and stylish finish. It is totally effortless and you cannot help but instantly relax when you are there. The evening drinks and dinner are a real highlight!
Katie Kennard (Staff)
Matakauri is located just a ten minute drive for the happening Queenstown Center set on a seven mile forest reserve. Having only reopened in 2010, modern architecture and all the latest modern conveniences make it incredibly luxurious. The suites are designed to be your home from home which they certainly achieve. The villas look out over Lake Wakatipu. Their dining area, gym and pool have the most jaw droopingly beautiful views; people who dont tend to use the gym will feel they should. It really is located in such a super spot. My only reservation is the fact that although the lodge has its lake front network, the walking on offer is quite limited. You want to ensure you dont get mowed down by the mountain bikes on the tracks.
Olivia Smith (Staff)
Set on the edge of a lake with stunning views of the Remarkables and the surrounding mountains, Matakauri Lodge is the newest of the holy trinity of Jay Robertson’s stunning New Zealand hotels. Sister property to The Farm at Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs, the interiors have been skilfully reworked by the gifted Virginia Fisher, one of New Zealand’s top interior designers.
Just seven minutes' drive from New Zealand’s adventure capital, the lodge is light, airy and stylish with picture windows taking full advantage of the jaw-dropping views at every opportunity. Virginia Fisher has really outdone herself here and brought the rugged landscapes and muted colors of the outdoors in, with soft and subtle furnishings and an understated, elegant feel. Each of the 11 luxurious rooms is welcoming, cosy in the winter months and light and bright in summer and ultimately a home from home. In spite of the chic and boutique nature of the property, you are overwhelmed by the need to relax and enjoy - a real kiwi attitude to life!
Amisfield ‘Trust the Chef’
"Trust the Chef" signature menu offers a shared dining experience, with dishes selected by the chef based on fresh produce and ingredients available on the day.
Bike the Wineries of Central Otago
Explore the vineyards and scenic wine lands of Central Otago by bike on this self-guided winery tour and visit some of the region’s most well-known wineries.
Dart River Jet Boat Safari (Shared)
The Dart River Jet Boat Wilderness Safari is a spectacular Jet Boat journey through the Dart River located at the foot of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by breathtaking snow-capped mountains, waterfalls and glacial valleys frozen in time.
Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise on Fiordland Navigator (Shared)
An overnight cruise on the Doubtful Sound is without doubt one of the best ways to experience Fiordland in all its glory. The Fiordland Navigator cruises through the sound to the Tasman sea, stopping to kayak and see birdlife and wildlife on the way.
Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise (Shared)
The dramatic expanse of Doubtful Sound is best explored by boat, traversing the fiord and surrounded on all side by the steep peaks, native bush and crashing waterfalls.
Dusky Sound Heli Tour
Take to the skies for a spectacular view of the pristine rainforests and islands and inlets of Dusky Sound. Landing on a floating heli-pad you will hike the deserted coves and fish the abundant waters of the fiord.
Fly fishing in the Southern Lakes
New Zealand is renowned as a world class trout fishing destination and unquestionably our guides present a fishing experience sure to install lifelong memories.
Fly Nature Cruise on Milford Sound - Heli (Shared)
New Zealand’s incredible breadth of landscapes and staggering beauty becomes clear as you take to the skies over Lake Wakatipu and the glacial lakes, before cruising across the wildlife rich waters of Milford Sound on this shared experience.
Horse Riding in Glenorchy
Saddle up and roam the stunning scenery on horse back, starting at Glenorchy - a world-famous horse trekking destination where you can wander great wide open spaces and marvel at the region's beauty on a tranquil horse riding adventure.
Jet Boating & Walking in Matukituki Valley (Shared)
Deep in the Matukituki Valley, this exciting half day jet boating adventure will take you beneath the breath-taking scenery of mountains and glaciers, Lord of the Rings and Hobbit locations, into the World Heritage Mount Aspiring National Park.
Lake Wanaka Cruise and Island Nature Walk (Shared)
The magical nature reserve of Mou Waho Island is home to the rare flightless Buff Weka, and a picturesque spot to explore the bush, or simply sit back and relax on the beach after a scenic boat cruise across Lake Wanaka to the island.
Milford Sound Extended Helicopter Tour (Shared)
Exploring Milford Sound is on most people’s bucket-list when they visit New Zealand. This tour will see you experience Milford by helicopter – a truly breath-taking scenic flight along the sound.
Milford Sound private cruise and helicopter experience
An exhilarating half day combining a helicopter flight to Milford Sound with an exclusive private boat cruise. Explore this unique corner of New Zealand's South Island away from the crowds, getting up close to dramatic waterfalls and the fiord walls.
Paddle Lake Wanaka - Half Day Tour (Shared)
Paddle out onto Lake Wanaka, exploring its pristine coastline from a kayak with your guide.
Private Boutique Wine Tour of Central Otago
Tailored exactly to your needs and wishes, this privately guided winery tour is designed especially for the discerning wine lover in mind.
Private Helicopter Charter Fiordland Traverse
The remote and dramatically beautiful landscape of the West Coast, Fiordland and World Heritage Park are best discovered by helicopter, high above the rugged peaks, expansive waterways and pristine wildernesses of the region.
Private Queenstown Full Day Sightseeing
Discover the South Island in a full day’s expedition in luxury SUV. Explore the regions varied attractions on this private tour with experienced guide.
Privately Guided Routeburn Track
The ancient splendour of Mount Aspiring National Park, with its verdant foliage and lush beauty, offers a magical destination for this full day walk to the head of Lake Wakatipu.
Shotover Jet (Shared)
Nothing you've experienced will have you prepared for the thrill and excitement of a Shotover Jet ride! From the moment the accelerator hits the floor your adrenaline hits the roof as you speed in mere centimeters of water along the famous Shotover River.
Te Anau Glowworm Caves (Shared)
Experience the enchanting caves of Te Anau, which shimmer with the light of hundreds of glowworms.
TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak with Gourmet BBQ Lunch (Shared)
Discover Queenstown’s pioneering history as you travel across Lake Wakatipu aboard the 103-year old steamship TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue lunch.
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Queenstown, Central Otago and the Southern Lakes, 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.
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