Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat
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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
3 course dinner each day
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
Artesian filled spa pool
Use of Tennis Court and Petanque Pit
Fantail Spa and outdoor hot tub 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.
This pristine setting above the beautiful azur waters of Lake Pukaki gives stunning views to the mountains and beyond to Aoraki-Mt Cook
The Retreat accommodates up to 4 guests in the Ashley Mackenzie Villa, and an additional 8 guests in the Moraine Villas overlooking the Ben Ohau Range. Just one group is accepted at any one time.
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.
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, and a central drawing room with open fire. French doors open to patios with a hot tub filled with pure artesian water. These two luxury villas overlooking the tawny farmscape of the Mackenzie Basin and up towards the Ben Ohau ranges.
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 for a unique dark sky experience. Join your hosts in the wine cellar, enjoy a glass of wine and hear more about this amazing region. Explore the Milky Way Galaxy, the stars and planets through the massive telescope in the adjoining observatory.
Exclusive to the Ashley Mackenzie Villa, the Fantail Spa is open to lake and mountain views and features a sauna, hot tub, 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, a Petanque Court, or Croquet on the lawn. Or in the winter, a Curling Rink. 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.