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

What a fabulous itinerary you made for us. It was perfect!

Wonderful country, delightful people, delicious food, and amazing scenery like no other. I guess our only major complaint is that we didn't have longer to see more of the country! You really planned it well for us. It felt balanced in the way of activities, driving days, photo opportunities, even some R&R in the afternoons.

—Vickie B, Los Angeles

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