Matakauri Lodge

Matakauri Lodge

*****

Just seven minutes' drive from New Zealand’s adventure capital, you'll find jaw-dropping, view-flashing Queenstown hotel Matakauri Lodge. With 11 luxurious rooms – all with majestic alpine and lake views – this boutique beauty is blessed with flawless natural assets. Immaculate service, uncontrived dining and light-filled interiors by Virginia Fisher add to the wow factor.

Highlights:

  • Majestic alpine and lake views on cue

  • Warm but professional service ensure pampering

  • Set in New Zealand's adventure capital. Skiing, trekking and boating beckon

  • Every room boasts majestic views

  • Professional but warm service

  • Spa pampering or adventure aplenty, from trekking to skiing

Smith extra

A gourmet picnic hamper for two

In the know

Also need to know:

Rates include use of the lodge's infinity pool and hot tub, spa and fitness centre with lap pool, sauna and Jacuzzi, tennis courts, mountain bikes and walking tracks. Smoking is allowed in dedicated outdoor areas only.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.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

As someone incredibly wise and well-liked (probably me) once said, ‘You have to go to Queenstown.’ Most people don’t know the second half of the sentence is, ‘And make sure you do it properly.’

Properly, we discover, is Matakauri Lodge.

Mr Smith and I arrive at the boutique luxury retreat at 9pm after driving for what seems like 468 hours, and valiantly electing not to purchase crisps at the petrol station so as to maintain our (titanic) appetites. We share a deep, grateful sigh as we pull up, the kind that comes when you know a weekend of enormous robes the colour of celebrity teeth and pr

Accommodation details

Address:

Farrycroft Row, 569 Glenorchy Road, Queenstown, South Island, 9348
Queenstown
New Zealand

Location:

11.9 mi / 19.2 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Valet parking
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Aerobics instruction
  • Concierge desk
  • Exercise gym
  • Internet services
  • Room service
  • On-Site parking
  • Onsite laundry
  • Restaurant

Dining information

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.

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, a region that is renowned for producing award-winning Pinot Noir and setting new international benchmarks in quality. The Te Awa range is the house wine. 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.

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