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“Exclusive retreat with wonderful outlook”
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Matakauri Lodge
Ranked #3 of 59 Hotels in Queenstown
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 August 2011

Brilliant location and outlook and terrific suites. Impeccable layout and first class comfort.

Meals were tip top and catered for our special needs.

Other guests (couples) were obviously enjoying a very private special treat and kept to themselves. They probably appreciated the formality and the attentive service which was a little wasted on our family with teenagers.

Staff seemed to be mainly expats (from US) which meant that while they were very professional and experienced they couldn't share the same perspectives on the place as a local.

I can't recommend too highly the drive to the end of the lake at Glenorchy. Spectacular snow covered mountains framing a blue lake. Try riding from the stables at Glenorchy which was a treat.

Being a short drive from Queenstown (rather than being in town) is a plus. It is a lovely town but now very developed like many sub alpine towns with accommodations catering for a wide variety of budgets and is very busy. This is in stark contrast to the lodge which allows for a very private and quite experience.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 July 2011

Had a great time in this lovely small hotel,excellent in every way,food was world class, the views and rooms spectacular.We will go back.

nigel Bacon

  • Stayed: April 2011
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Reviewed 21 May 2011

This place was really beautiful and they took great care of us from the moment we arrived. The food is off the hook and the rooms and views are spectacular.

The gym is pretty good for a small place if you like to work out (but no free weights - decent treadmill and nice view though!).

The service staff is excellent. The rooms are amazing, spacious and nice little baked treats, mmmmmm.....

The free pre-dinner drinks are a bonus because the wine is wonderful in NZ. The staff is extremely personable.

Internet was free which was nice because the gauged us for it every where else we stayed in New Zealand and Bora Bora.

It is a small and intimate setting. It is out of town, so recommend staying in town for adventure tours but we did a lovely private wine tour that they arranged. Would definitely come again. A great way to start the vacation (serene & relaxing).

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 April 2011

We spent three nights at the Matakauri Lodge and it really made our visit to Queenstown memorable. All I can do is echo the other reviewers by saying the food was outstanding, both at breakfast and at dinner. The service was friendly, informed and efficient. The views out of the bathtub unparalleled...price is an issue, but I really felt it was worth it.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 April 2011

This is the ultimate luxury destination on the South Island of NZ, The facilities are outstanding and the cuisine is up with the best in NZ from our experience of travel to NZ in over a decade. The personal care the staff take with guets make you feel special. Well done Matakauri team

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  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 March 2011

Matakauri Lodge is simply spectacular. The service is exceptional, dining is sumptuous, the location is fantastic. The lodge sits above Lake Wakatipu, with views toward dramatic mountains. If you can afford it, I wholeheartedly recommend staying here.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank WMerrill
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Reviewed 19 February 2011

I had the great pleasure of visiting all three of the amazing lodges
in the Robertson group as part of the magical 9 day New Zealand Experience...the
gorgeous lodges of Kauri Cliffs, Cape Kidnappers and Matakauri. All
very unique, each with a different feel, with one unifying theme called
excellence. If you are thinking of NZ and want to do it right, this is
the way to go! Although, be warned, you will probably want to extend
your stay, so get an open ended ticket. The golf courses at Kauri
Cliffs and "The Cape" are a golfers dream...just spectacular with
views to match. The staff, the food, the service, the accommodations,
the individual spas all as good as I have ever experienced. You
immediately felt like you were at home! Everyone was always so
accommodating and no request went unfulfilled. The culinary team(s)
can handle any request. In fact, when you were first greeted at each
property, you were asked if you had any dietary concerns. One of the many
nice touches at each lodge.
Don't forget to visit the 900 year old Kauri Tree at Kauri Cliffs, or
visit the Gannet colony at the Cape, or do the helicopter tour of
Queenstown at Matakauri....just for starters. There are so many things
to do, even if you are not a golfer!
I will be back, but next time for longer. Nine days is just not enough. Thanks "Team Robertson"!!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled solo
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1  Thank Harrycoco
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Additional Information about Matakauri Lodge

Address: Glenorchy Road | PO Box 888, Queenstown 9197, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Queenstown
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Queenstown
Price Range: £757 - £1,774 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Matakauri Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 12
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