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Lake and mountain views complement contemporary design at this luxurious waterfront lodge.
With surrounding views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable, Cecil and Walter Peak mountain ranges, every aspect of Matakauri Lodge takes advantage of its natural setting. Even the business center features mountain views. Contemporary New Zealand design sets the tone in 12 guest suites, four in the main lodge and eight in outlying cottages, each with its own porch and open fireplace. In addition, the private, four-bedroom Owner's Cottage is ideal for groups of up to eight.
Treatments in the spa incorporate the scenic vistas to create a soothing experience; guests can also relax in the outdoor heated infinity pool. Changing daily to showcase local, seasonal produce, the lodge menu is a particular treat, especially since room rates include full breakfast and gourmet dinner, as well as pre-dinner drinks with hors d’oeuvres. As for activities off the grounds, they range from leisurely to active, and include wine tasting, fly fishing, river rafting and sky diving.