Matakauri Lodge New Zealand
Farrycroft Row, 569 Glenorchy Road, Queenstown
Kauri Cliffs, Cape Kidnappers and Matakauri Lodge.
Privately owned, Julian H. Robertson Jnr.
Date of Creation
2000, closed for a full renovation and reopened 2010.
Hotel General Manager
Benedikt Bouillon, General Manager
5 Star Luxury Lodge, Relais & Chateaux.
History & Story
Matakauri Lodge is an alpine lakeside retreat nestled in one of the world’s most serenely beautiful landscapes. Spectacularly situated on Lake Wakatipu and only seven minutes from Queenstown.
The Lodge and adjoining suites, originally constructed in 2000 with a contemporary New Zealand design, reopened in August 2010 after undergoing extensive refurbishment by acclaimed New Zealand Interior Designer, Virginia Fisher.
Matakauri Lodge was originally opened in 2000. In 2009 following the purchase of the property by the Robertson Family the lodge was closed for a full refurbishment and reopened in 2010.
Date added extensions
In 2013 a Four Bedroom Owner’s Cottage was added.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Matakauri Lodge offers the best of both worlds and an unparalleled location exclusively set directly on the lakefront yet only 7 minutes from the centre of Queenstown.
The perfect base to retreat to while indulging in the adventures and activities the region is most known for.
As a member of Relais & Chateaux, the boutique size allows for exceptional boutique service at the highest level.
Queenstown is a lively alpine resort town and a year-round destination for adventure lovers. Serviced by Queenstown Airport with direct flights from Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland, Sydney, and Melbourne.
Key sites/activities in the area
An adventure destination with bungy jumping, white water rafting, canyoning, within easy reach. Multiple options for flightseeing Milford and Doubtful Sounds.
Central Otago wineries, artist residencies, and hiking within easy reach
Skiing in Winter with multiple ski fields to choose from within an hours drive of the lodge.
The four-bedroom Owners Cottage at Matakauri is our premium accommodation with four full suite bedrooms, large open living and dining, private courtyard and stunning deck for relaxing and entertaining. If budget allows your clients will appreciate this recommendation.
Request an evening for your clients to dine privately in the Library – on the upper level of the lodge, seeing the sun setting on the snow-capped Remarkables from the window seat makes this a stunning space for a very special dinner.
Matakauri Lodge welcomes families with children of all ages to the lodge. Special attention is made to families with private dining, amenities and activities tailored to children and their ages.
11 suites, 1 room and a four-bedroom Owner’s Cottage.
Four suites are located within the main lodge, with the remaining suites nestled in a native forest overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the mountain panorama and were styled by acclaimed interior designer Virginia Fisher.
Each of our suites includes:
• A private porch,
• Well-appointed bedroom with sitting area and open fireplace,
• Generous walk-in wardrobes,
• Luxurious bathroom with twin vanities and over-sized bathtub,
• A flat-screen LCD TV, DVD player, CD player with iPod connection and security safe.
7 Deluxe Suites
Our largest suites have commanding views of Lake Wakatipu and the glorious snow-capped mountains. The Main Lodge Suite offers the convenience of proximity to lodge facilities. 6 outlying and 1 within the Main Lodge.
Superbly situated along the lakefront these spacious suites offer their own private balconies overlooking Lake Wakatipu. 2 outlying – 72.8 sq m / 783.6 sq ft. 2 within the main lodge.
1 Lodge Room
Located on the upper level of the main lodge, our lodge room offers an interconnecting option with a Deluxe Suite. 1 room – 36 sq m / 269 sq ft.
Four Bedroom Owner’s Cottage
The Owner’s Cottage has been specially designed for families and groups of friends travelling together, offering accommodation for up to 8 guests.
The Owner’s Cottage is superbly positioned to offer uninterrupted lake and mountain views and boasts a spacious main lounge, study, kitchen and dining room.
• Four generous bedrooms with walk-in-wardrobes
• Open fireplaces
• Large bathrooms with stunning views from the bathtubs
• Private balconies overlooking the magnificent Lake Wakatipu
• Spectacularly located private hot tub on the main balcony
The perfect place to relax after an adventurous day out experiencing all that the Queenstown region has to offer, with the addition of an outdoor courtyard area with barbecue and cooking facilities for a chef if private in-house dining is preferred.
The Owner’s Cottage is available to rent as a 2 bedroom or a 4 bedroom cottage and is 5,000 sq ft, 465 sq m.
Restaurants & Bars
As a Relais & Chateaux property, Matakauri Lodge offers a unique dining experience in a luxurious setting. Head Chef Jonathan Roger’s modern New Zealand cuisine is focused on showcasing local seasonal produce with clean, fresh flavours in an a la carte menu that changes daily. Room service, picnics and private dining are available on request.
The Spa is located on the edge of a beautiful pine forest, with two treatment rooms and uninterrupted views to Lake Wakatipu and Cecil Peak. The facility includes the Fitness Centre and sauna with a luxurious outdoor infinity pool and jacuzzi.
Corporate & Celebration Events
Matakauri Lodge is the ideal location for retreats and special events when you simply want to be able to enjoy the magnificent landscape of Queenstown. At Matakauri Lodge you are close enough to the action but far enough away to be able to work. Located on the banks of Lake Wakatipu the lodge provides the ideal venue for an event or programme from 4 to 22 guests with a maximum of 32 guests.
Extra Notable Features
A number of marked walking trails are available to explore from the lodge. Matakauri Lodge has its own jetty for guest use meaning charter vessels can collect guests directly from the lodge.
Hotel & Restaurants Awards
Travel + Leisure, World’s Best Top 100 Hotels in the World. #45
Travel + Leisure, World’s Best Resort in Australia and New Zealand. #3
Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards Top Resorts in Australia in the South Pacific. #13
Condé Traveler, Gold List editors’ favourite hotels.
Travel + Leisure World’s Best Resorts in Australia and New Zealand. #5
Luxury Travel Magazine Gold List Best New Zealand Luxury Property within driving distance to a city. #2
Travel + Leisure World’s Best Resorts in Australia and New Zealand. #5
Luxury Travel Magazine Gold List Best New Zealand Hotel within driving distance of the city.
• Luxury Travel Magazine 2015 Gold List, Best NZ Property within driving distance of a City,
• HM Magazine 2015 Hotel Awards, Best NZ Hotel, Highly Recommended,
• Conde Nast Traveler (US) Readers Choice Awards 2015, Top 25 Resorts in Australia & South Pacific #8.
The WiSH Magazine,2014 Travel Top 50, Best Luxury Lodge. #9,
Conde Nast Traveller UK Hot List. Best New Hotels in the World. The Owner’s Cottage.
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