- Style Alpine elegance
- Setting Shores of Lake Wakatipu
In the shade of towering mountains and on the cusp of glittering Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge hotel boasts 11 luxurious rooms and close proximity to Queensland, the adventure capital of New Zealand. Sleek interiors and fresh cuisine complement alpine views in this sun-filled retreat, recognized for its flawless service.
Need to know
- Rooms 11, including 10 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $980.72 (NZD1,190), excluding tax at 15 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast, pre-dinner drinks with hors d'oeuvres, a three-course à la carte dinner, free minibar (excludes spirits and wines) and use of lodge facilities, including guest office, gym, Jacuzzi and sauna (excludes spa treatments).
- Facilities Gym; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen LCD TV, DVD player, iPod dock, minibar, Evolu toiletries.
- Poolside Matakauri's outdoor infinity pool will draw you in on balmy days. There's also a Jacuzzi and sauna to keep you in swimwear.
- Check–out 11am; check-in, 2pm, but both are flexible subject to availability.
Children The lodge is quite an adult affair, but kids under five stay for free in existing beds. Extra beds for older children cost NZ$500–NZ$525 (plus tax) a night. Baby cots are free for infants up to two years old and babysitting is also available.
- Eco‐friendly Matakauri uses energy-saving lighting and sources local, seasonal and organic food for its restaurant where possible, some of it grown on site.
- Also A two-night minimum stay applies between 15 December 2013 and 31 March 2014.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Located at each end of the lodge, outlying Deluxe Suites 7 or 9 will make you feel like you have Matakauri's mesmerising mountain and lake views all to yourself, with beds and baths positioned to make the most of them. To be honest, though, all the rooms here will send your jaw plummeting when you spy the va-va-voom vistas. You'll also be spoilt by the serenely stylish interiors, including fireplace-warmed sitting areas, walk-in wardrobes, oversized bath tubs and private decks.
- Packing tips They don't call Queenstown, in the heart of the South Island, NZ's adventure capital because folk like to crochet. Bring kit for your sport of choice, whether skiing, sailing, cycling, trekking, golf or more high-octane thrills are your poison.
- Also Matakauri's spa serves up a seductive menu of holistic, tailormade and temptingly named therapies, such as the Cocoon Bliss and Glacial Facial. For a uniquely Kiwi experience, the Pounamu (greenstone) Pebble Pedicure is our top tip. Babor and NZ's Evolu Botanical Skincare products are harnessed here, and naturally, both treatment rooms have gorgeous views – a beautifully soothing note with which to begin and end a session.
Food and drink at Matakauri Lodge
- Hotel restaurant Executive chef Dale Gartland, originally from Shrewsbury in England, is a proponent of maintaining balance and stylish simplicity in the Modern European fare he prepares at welcoming restaurant the Dining Room. He views Matakauri as an extension of a guest's home, so you don't have to eat off the menu and can order tailormade dishes if you fancy something different. With a menu that changes daily, there is already ample variety, but Dale will happily source New Zealand’s finest seafood or game on request. He works with a sous chef and pastry chef and the team not only shines at dinner; they will get your day off to an impressive start, too. Mouth-watering dishes include truffle-flavoured risotto, blue cod from the Foveaux Strait and fillet of Hereford beef.
- Dress code Smart, casual chic with a sporty spin is how it rolls here during the day; be as elegant as the cuisine at dinner.
- Top table Take a window table for breakfast and sharpen the senses with those crystal-clear views. Matakauri also excels at private dining: you can eat on your suite patio, in various cosy nooks around the lodge or down on the jetty at sunset.
- Last orders The dining room kitchen closes at 9pm – after a day of adventuring, you probably won’t be up much later.
- Room service Available 7am–9.30pm, with a daily-changing menu mirroring what is served in the dining room. Chefs will try to accommodate your requests if you'd rather go off piste.
- Hotel bar The bijou bar is located in the light-filled lobby area and seats about four people, but the restaurant is where most quaffing and sipping goes on. Pre-dinner drinks are served from around 6pm in the upper lounge – a chance for guests to gather and swap views on the views. Matakauri stocks most local Central Otago wines (the house wine), a region that is renowned for producing award-winning Pinot Noir and setting new international benchmarks in quality. If in doubt, wine choices will be expertly guided in the dining room and bar, and your palate preferences will be recalled by staff the next time you ask for a drink.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details