We really liked it here but were left with a little niggle that we paid for more than we got compared to other places we stayed. The lodge is stunning - I'd love to live in it as my home, with the pond out front and endless views up towards the mountains. It's located a few kilometres from Twizel so it's really peaceful but an easy drive into town.
Our room was large and the bathroom was very nice too but there was no fridge, something we really like when we're travelling. You can use the one in the guest kitchen but that was pretty full. there was also no tea or coffee facilities. Again, you could go to the kitchen but I would have preferred the option of making a cupa in my room. Especially as there is more than enough space to put these things in the rooms.
There was a glass of wine before dinner and then we went into town. Go to Poppies - the food and service are both excellent.
Breakfasts are excellent and plentiful and we spent a fabulous day up at Mt Cook - the drive up there is part of the fun and staying where we did meant we could avoid all the hussle and bustle of the tour buses.
Overall, a beautiful house in a beautiful location - just a few added provate amenities would have made it perfect for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the magic of Matuka Lodge, situated in a tranquil rural setting, 3km from Twizel, gateway to Mt Cook National Park, halfway between Christchurch and Queenstown. Choose from one of our four luxurious king rooms, each with a stunning mountain view, and enjoy 5 star comfort in a casually elegant atmosphere. An exceptional experience awaits you at Matuka Lodge. ... more less