Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat

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    • Intimate luxury retreat with breath-taking lake & mountain views
    • European farmhouse style villa plus 2 bedrooms in the homestead
    • Breakfast provisions & two course dinner with wine included daily
    • Private Spa with sauna, workout room, massage room & outdoor hot tub
    • Full use of tennis court, petanque, croquet & curling facilities
    • Onsite Pukaki Observatory & well stocked underground wine cellar
    • Set overlooking the stunning Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area


Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat is set in a forest wilderness overlooking the turquoise blue waters of Lake Pukaki and the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps. Only a seven minute drive from the scenic town of Twizel and 30 minutes from Mt Cook Village, this gorgeous retreat offers the ultimate in luxury and privacy. 

This area is a nature-lovers paradise. Mornings can be spent traversing the meandering forest tracks that surround the property, exploring the nearby Tasman and Mueller Glaciers or going on a Lord of the Rings tour in the Twizel area. Afternoons can be spent playing a game of tennis or croquet on the lawn, or enjoying the facilities of the onsite private Spa that comes complete with sauna, massage room, workout room and outdoor hot tub.

Nestled on the clifftop, with breath-taking lake and mountain views, the Ashley Mackenzie Villa can comfortably accommodate up to four guests. Designed in the style of a European farmhouse, the villa boasts Oregon wood ceilings, Italian sandstone flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows, and elegant furnishings. Its open-plan central drawing room with a large open fireplace, makes the perfect spot to enjoy daytime conversations or evening dinners.

Two large double bedrooms are located at opposite ends of the villa, allowing for much-needed privacy. Both bedrooms feature plush super king beds that can be reconfigured into two king single beds. Each also has a lovely Edwardian-style ensuite with rain shower and claw-foot bath tub.

Just 350 metres from Ashley Mackenzie Villa is the Pukaki Homestead, which can house up to four additional guests for larger groups. The homestead features a library as its centrepiece, complete with a wide selection of books, antique furniture, and access to a private courtyard. There are two large bedrooms, each with a super king bed, and an Edwardian-style bathroom that contains a rainshower and princess bath with hand shower.

In the evening, enjoy a unique dark sky experience in the Pukaki Observatory and adjoining wine cellar, where you can view the Milky Way, stars and planets through a 6” refractor telescope. Or, if you prefer, take in the night sky while enjoying a glass of bubbles in your private outdoor hot tub.

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Accommodation Information

Type: Lodges & Hotels
Confirmation: Instant book
Check In: 15:00
Check Out: 11:00
Min. Nights: 2
Max. Guests: 8
Child Friendly: No
Pet Friendly: No
Events: Maximum 40 guests - Conditions apply
Beds: 4 Super King (or Twin on request)


Payment: Direct to operator
Currency: NZD
Fees: No additional payment fees
Deposit Amount: One night accommodation
Payment Methods: Visa, Mastercard, Bank Transfer
Balance Due: Upon arrival
Terms & Conditions: Your booking will be made directly with the operator according to their regular terms & conditions.


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Gym Games Meeting Facilities
Tennis Court Bath Wheelchair Access
Sauna Internet Hot Tub
Parking Laundry Service Observatory


Breakfast Welcome Hamper Concierge Service
Dinner Serviced Daily Local Wines

Optional Extras

Spa Treatments Local Tours Massage Treatments
Airport Transfer Scenic Flight Helicopter Flight
Observatory Tour

Note: Accommodation facilities, inclusions, fees & payment information is subject to change without notice. If you find any incorrect information, please let us know.

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