Matakauri

Spectacularly located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge looks out to a mesmerizing panorama of the big three; The Remarkables, Cecil and Walter Peak.

Matakauri Lodge, overlooking the beautiful Lake Wakatipu, is located a quick five- to ten-minute drive from Queenstown. This lodge is far enough out of town to avoid summertime crowds and thus provides serenity and privacy, but is close enough to easily access its attractions and restaurants.

Originally constructed in 2000 with a contemporary New Zealand design, the lodge went through a winter renovation and reopened in August 2010, after an extensive refurbishment by New Zealand Interior Designer, Virginia Fisher. More recently Ms. Fisher has also  worked on The Lodge at Kinloch, situated on Lake Taupo.

The Main Lodge offers accommodation via twelve guest rooms and suites, with eight outlying cottages and four suites within the lodge. Each suite offers a private porch, bedroom with sitting area and open fireplace, walk-in wardrobes and a bathroom. All are nestled in native forest overlooking the lake and the mountain panorama.

Relax in the lodge’s spacious lounges, dining and living areas. They all have lake views and indoor/outdoor dining options. Facilities include a full service luxury spa, infinity pool, a fully equipped fitness centre and an elegant meeting and business centre.

An Owner's Cottage is also available and features four suites in a freestanding residence. Amenities include private jacuzzi, lounge, kitchen and grand courtyard. The number of rooms afforded by the Owner’s Lodge is ideal for families, couples or friends traveling together. We suggest to plan ahead however!

Customer reviews

Frank and the Best of NZ team were exceptional in their planning support and execution of our trip to NZ North Island. We gave them the parameters - dates and golf courses we wanted to play and the pacing we wanted for the trip in terms of days in each region - and they produced an absolutely amazing trip for us. All of the arrangements were flawlessly executed and we sailed through the trip effortlessly. their expert advice - how much driving vs. in country driving would be ideal for us to maximize our experience, the excursion to Cape Reinga which was amazing, having our dinner prepared the first night after a long day getting to Bay of Islands was perfect and the selection of accommodations in Hawke's Bay was brilliant.

We will never forget the spectacular views from Kauri Cliffs golf course, the jet boat rides in Taupo, cycling through the vineyards in Hawke's bay and ending up sipping chardonnay with lunch at Clearview winery, the splendor of playing golf among the birds and grounds at Wairakei, and ofcourse the spellbinding course at Cape Kidnappers. We could tell Best of NZ have strong relationships in NZ because the people we encountered in NZ as our guides/hosts reflected just that - professional and friendly. NZ was an amazing, epic experience for us and we could not have asked for better support and execution from Best of NZ/Frank and his team. We cant wait to go back, this time to the South Island!!!!

Thanks again Frank, YOU are the Best and the Best of NZ is truly the BEST!!

—Peter & Karen S., San Diego, CA

Highlights Of The Trip: Getting off the plane in Queenstown – overwhelmed with the beauty. The boat ride in Queenstown to experience the expansiveness.

The drive from Queenstown to Franz Joseph - the mountains and glacier lakes that went on forever. Our lunch spot that day at a campsite on a lake. Abel Tasman: this is where I want to return and spend a week to hike the entire trail. Spent the day biking in Napier to wineries.

—Mary Jean S., Chapel Hill, NC