Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat


This luxury retreat is set in a pristine environment overlooking the turquoise blue waters of Lake Pukaki. Located on the edge of Aoraki Mt Cook National Park in the beautiful and unique Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area, the retreat offers spectacular views up Lake Pukaki to the Southern Alps and Aoraki Mt Cook. This is a retreat for all seasons.


Gourmet Breakfast provisions
Chef’s tasting menu – 6 course Thu – Mon
Trust the Chef – 4 Course – Tue and Wed
Complimentary bottle of NZ bubbly on arrival
Nespresso coffee maker
Luxury tea selection
Seasonal fruit bowl
Lodge baked treat
Whisky & Gin Decanters
Mini bar – complimentary beer and juice
Complimentary WiFi
Artesian filled spa pool
Use of Tennis Court and Petanque Pit

The Fantail Spa and outdoor hot tub is exclusive to Ashley Mackenzie Villa.|

Cycle and walking trails

Queenstown international Airport is a 2.5 hour drive north to Lake Pukaki. Christchurch International Airport is a 3.5 hour drive via the northern inland route.
Helicopter transfers directly to the retreat from Queenstown or Christchurch can be arranged.

Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat
Lake Pukaki – Mt Cook
South Canterbury Mt Cook
Tel No
+64 27 4 370 820


No of Rooms
Total Guests


Rate (NZ$)

Lake View Villas
$3995 – Ashley Mackenzie Villa
$3495 – Villa Puaka

Mountain View Villas
Use of 1 Bedroom 
Use of 2 Bedrooms 

Additional Person $650

2 Night Minimum Stay


This pristine setting above the beautiful azur waters of Lake Pukaki gives stunning views to the mountains and beyond to Aoraki-Mt Cook

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The Retreat accommodates up to 4 guests travelling together, in the Ashley Mackenzie Villa, and Villa Puaka both feature beautiful lake views to Aoraki Mt Cook. 

Moraine Villa Matariki accommodates up to 4 guests travelling together  and Moraine Villa Tautoru up to 2 guests. Moraine Villas offer farmscape views to the Ben Ohau range.  Ju

The luxurious Ashley Mackenzie Villa is private and romantic, with two ensuite bedrooms and an elegant Drawing Room. French doors open to patios and beyond to lawns with stunning views to Lake Pukaki and Aoraki-Mt Cook. For the cooler evenings, a large open fire tempts guests to relax with a glass of wine. Fantail Spa with sauna, massage room and small gym, is exclusive to Ashley Mackenzie Villa.

Villa Puaka offers beautiful lake and mountain views, two ensuite bedrooms and elegant Drawing room. French doors open to patios and beyond to stunning views. A large open fire for the cooler evenings. 
Both lakefront villas feature an outdoor hot tub with stunning views.

Moraine Villas, designed in the style of a European farmhouse with thick 600mm walls, high wood ceilings, and Italian sandstone flooring, offer two ensuite bedrooms, a central drawing room with an open fire. French doors open to patios and an in-ground hot tub. These two luxury villas overlook the tawny farmscape of the Mackenzie Basin and up towards the Ben Ohau ranges.

Indulge – Chef’s elegant tasting menu is served Thursday through Monday – served in the Moraine Lodge.
Tuesday and Wednesday – Trust the Chef dinner is served in your villa or the Moraine Lodge.
Cuisine is inspired by the

Located in the gold level Aoraki International Dark Sky Reserve, Pukaki Observatory provides guests with the opportunity to explore the dark sky (absolutely no light pollution). Join your hosts in the wine cellar, enjoy a glass of wine and hear more about this amazing region.  Then enter the observatory for a unique dark sky experience – astro-photography and deep sky photography.   Explore the Milky Way Galaxy, the stars and planets through the massive telescope. 

Exclusive to the Ashley Mackenzie Villa, the Fantail Spa is open to lake and mountain views and features a sauna, a workout room, and massage room with a selection of unique massage experiences. Or soak in the wooden hot tub with stunning views to the lake.

Feeling energetic? An AstroTurf Tennis Court is onsite, together with a  Petanque Court or Croquet on the lawn. In the winter, a Curling Rink if it has been cold enough to ice over. Cycle trails surround the retreat and bicycles are available for guests. Explore local glaciers in the Aoraki Mt Cook World Heritage Park, just a ½ hour drive from your accommodation, or visit fly to stunning glaciers – there’s a helipad on site.

This luxury retreat is perfect for all seasons.-breathtaking beauty of the Mackenzie region.

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