Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat
Point of difference
The only certified Luxury Lodge in the region.
Directions from nearest town
Head down SH 80 (the road that leads to Aoraki / Mt Cook). We are just 860 metres from the SH8 turnoff. Head through the gate and turn sharp left and go up the drive. This drive goes between two farm posts. Go up this drive for about 1.2km to our house site. You will pass a shed after 800 metres we are just 400 meters past the shed.
Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat is a Qualmark certified NZ Luxury Lodge, set in a forest wilderness overlooking the turquoise blue waters of Lake Pukaki. Only 2km from the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, and 10km from Twizel.
From your room you can enjoy uninterrupted views up Lake Pukaki to the Southern Alps and Aoraki Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain. The night sky is spectacular as we are located within the gold level Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.
Featuring a private spa, observatory, tennis court, and wine cellar your stay in this rural location will be a unique experience that's private, luxurious and welcoming.
ASHLEY MACKENZIE VILLA & PRIVATE SPA
The Villa is private and romantic, the perfect place for you to relax and revive. The two bedroom luxury villa is nestled on the cliff top overlooking Lake Pukaki and you will have your own spa facilities including sauna, outside hot tub/bath, workout room and massage room.
For larger groups, the Villa and Private Spa can be booked together with Pukaki Homestead. You will have exclusive use of all facilities.
Located 200 metres from the Villa and Spa, the Homestead provides an ancillary accommodation in the guest wing of Pukaki Homestead which features an additional 2 bedrooms, a sumptuous bathroom and private library for relaxation and reflection. Next to the guest wing is the Great Hall is a large 120sq metre space with a huge French style dining table for shared meals and a large fireplace, perfect for relaxing around after a busy day.
PUKAKI OBSERVATORY & WINE CELLAR
In the company of your hosts, relax over the best wine New Zealand has to offer while you take time to explore the incredible dark sky in a unique stargazing experience. Bring your camera for some amazing astrophotography opportunities.
FANTAIL PRIVATE SPA
Filled with light and open to the lake and mountain views, the spa design reflects the natural beauty of its surroundings. You will have private use of the spa facilities.
Inviting, warm and welcoming, the spa includes a sauna, hot tub (outside bath), workout room and massage room.
Enjoy fresh local breakfast provisions and a home style 2 course dinner prepared each day using local produce and fresh vegetables from our garden. This is included with your booking.
We like you to make the most of your time here, and encourage you to take time to chose vegetables from the garden and to visit our wine cellar to choose the perfect wine to accompany your meal.
We love to treat you and provide home baked product where ever possible.
Set in 66 hectares of pure privacy with forest walking / running tracks that meander past some huge 20,000 year old glacial erratics, tennis court, an outside hot tub and ice skating (in winter) there is an abundance of onsite activity.
The retreat is near some of the best salmon and trout fishing - plus deer, tahr & chamois hunting.