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 of course 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

My wife and I, along with Sandy and George, arrived home about two weeks ago from a trip to New Zealand that you facilitated. The four of us have been traveling together for 47 years after meeting in a small Bed & Breakfast in London in 1971.  We have traveled extensively in Europe, Canada, United States, and South America.

New Zealand was a distant stretch for us, and then we asked Julie for help on the recommendation of friends and she took us to you.  And that was our lucky day!

The five weeks we spent in New Zealand were possibly the most seamless, best organized trip we have ever experienced.  The accommodations were outstanding, everyone of them. The accommodations fit very well with the itinerary that we gave to you. Each and everyone exceeded our expectations from Auckland to Invercargill.  The people we met in the B&Bs were very accommodating and attentive to all of our needs. We did not consider them as hosts but rather New Zealand friends.  The food was excellent.  Tour suggested excursions were always right on target.

I believe the only thing that would have made the trip better was to stay longer.  This was meant to be a onetime experience, but already there has been suggestions of a return.

Thank you for your part of this fantastic adventure!

—Carol and Bob P., PA, USA