Matakauri Lodge is a resplendent hotel sprawled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu near Queenstown, where upscale dining, designer interiors and gracious service meet arresting lake and mountain views.
A mere ten-minute drive from Queenstown, Matakauri Lodge is a luxurious haven of a hotel poised above Lake Wakatipu, looking across to jaw-dropping mountains: The Remarkables, Cecil and Walter Peaks.
Matakauri Lodge makes the most of this lakeside perch by granting far-reaching views of the glistening water and majestic mountains through wide glass windows, whether in the dining room, guest lounge or accommodation itself.
The hotel’s hub is its airy lounge, adorned with ochre sofas and a roaring fireplace, as well as a tempting al fresco terrace that also stars a fireplace and cosy throws to keep you toasty on those cooler nights.
This boutique Queenstown lodge certainly looks the part, with mod-furnishings and warm décor throughout, though it also goes on to offer simply delicious cuisine in its glass-encased restaurant, as well as a spa with heated pool, Jacuzzi and sauna. Even the gym boasts vistas across the lake!
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Matakauri Lodge has, thankfully, ensured that each room and suite is blessed with dazzling lake and mountain views, owed to immaculate glass windows and doors that open out onto a balcony or terrace; even in the entry-level Lodge Room. What’s more, many room types have bathrooms with tubs facing this spellbinding scene, as well as the bedrooms (with a choice of king-size or twin beds) and living rooms if staying in a suite or above. The look in all of them is modern-chic with a decidedly homely feel, making it all-too-easy to feel relaxed indoors and be at one with the stunning surrounds. Every category also provides contemporary mod-cons, including a minibar, flat-screen TV, safety deposit box and Wi-Fi.
Matakauri Lodge Restaurant
Chef Jonathan Rogers oversees the mouth-watering cuisine at Matakauri Lodge, drawing on his innovative style to produce contemporary New Zealand dining for lucky guests. Ingredients are acquired from regional suppliers, ensuring the best quality, while nothing can rival the view from the dining room here. Soaring wraparound windows frame the mountains and lake just outside, a view that can be relished from the restaurant, outdoor patio or lounge, depending on where you’d prefer to dine; an enviable problem to have!
Activities and Entertainment
Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand, so getting out amongst it all is easily done. Go heli-skiing in winter, or golfing at the foot of the mountains in summer; take a tour of the majestic Milford Sound, or try your hand at fishing. You can explore the region by helicopter while staying at Matakauri Lodge, sail or motorboat; brush up your photography skills with a specialist tour; and of course, if you have a penchant for New Zealand wine, opt for a tasting experience at any of the remarkable vineyards in the region.
If looking to indulge your best bet is hitting the Matakauri Spa, offering massages, beauty treatments and other soothing therapies in a zen space. The wider wellness centre extends to a sauna, heated infinity pool, Jacuzzi and terrace with sun loungers, and there’s also a gym at the hotel too; facing the lake and mountains, naturally.
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