Just a seven-minute drive from the bustling resort town of Queenstown, Matakauri lodge is nestled on the banks of the cerulean hued Lake Wakatipu, with panoramic views of the towering Remarkables mountain range, tussock-covered Cecil Peak and snow-capped Walter Peak, giving guests the impression they're a world away.
Named one of Tatler magazine’s 101 Top Hotels in the World, Matakauri is the South Island sister to the equally captivating Lodge at Kauri Cliffs and Farm at Cape Kidnappers lodges in the North Island. All three of these award-winning lodges are owned by the Robertson family, a name made famous by Julian H. Robertson Jr, the American hedge funder and philanthropist who was made a New Zealand Honorary Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the country.
Like other New Zealand premium lodges, Matakauri and its staff envelop guests in luxury while offering a service that is in keeping with the down-to-earth style that New Zealand is famous for.
Virginia Fisher makeover
Originally built on this breathtaking scenic spot in 2000, the lodge received a luxurious makeover in 2010 at the hands of award-winning New Zealand designer Virginia Fisher - also responsible for the interiors of Huka Lodge, Millbrook and Kauri Cliffs to name a few.
Fisher brought her signature style to Matakauri with neutral tones, natural wood, plush coverings, complemented by large windows framing the lake and mountains, offering dramatic views of the landscape from every angle.
The various buildings lend themselves to the environment. The outdoor pool reflects the craggy, snow-capped Remarkables as it blends into the spectacular surroundings. There are dining spaces outside in the fresh mountain air, and plenty of relaxing, secluded spaces.
The lodge is made up of 11 spacious suites - eight of these are private cottages surrounded by native New Zealand forest complete with views of Lake Wakatipu, the longest lake in New Zealand.
The main lodge offers three beautifully furnished suites with a relaxing living space, a private patio and a bay window that looks out to the picture perfect view beyond.
Opened in early 2014, the exclusive Owner’s Cottage is the newest addition to the lodge and offers a home-away-from-home luxury accommodation that is large enough to cater for families and large groups.
The décor of the cottage was once again designed by Virginia Fisher and is in keeping with the rest of the lodge. High ceilings, doors that open onto a private deck and a deep bathtub that affords sweeping views of the surrounding landscape caps off the otherworldly experience.
Part of the Relais & Châteaux global family of privately owned and operated luxury hotels and restaurants, Matakauri Lodge prides itself on fine haute cuisine created by head chef Jonathon Rogers.
The New Zealand-born and bred chef constantly pushes the boundaries with a new menu created on a daily basis. A self-confessed ‘locavore’ Rogers prides himself on gathering the freshest ingredients, fed by the pure alpine soil, sun and air and sourced from local farms and markets in the Central Otago region.
A world-class day spa, sauna, jacuzzi, heated swimming pool and gym let clients rest, revive or recharge while being surrounded by the wild terrain. The vast area around Matakauri Lodge also offers a plethora of options to explore the outdoors with hiking, fly-fishing and mountain-biking just a few of the options.
Queenstown, New Zealand
The alpine resort town of Queenstown - New Zealand’s capital of holiday adventure - offers plenty of all-weather, four-season activities, while fine food and premium wine have inspired some the best dining experiences in the country.
The abundance of snow sees the area transform into a winter wonderland with perfect slopes for a variety of winter sports, two world-class golf courses in The Hills and Millbrook, jet-boating down crystal clear glacial rivers or bungy-jumping from the historic Kawarau Bridge barely scratch the surface of what this South Island jewel has to offer.
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs - heavenly golf
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers - golf on the top