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Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat

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86 Mount Cook Rd Lake Pukaki, Pukaki 7944 New Zealand
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We provide four luxury villa accommodation options: Each villa is 165 sq m with 2 bedrooms, a central drawing room, and private hot tub. The Villas are private and romantic and set in one of the world's most picturesque locations. A garden to plate 3 course meal prepared by our chefs is included each night and fresh breakfast provisions each day. Stargazing in our onsite wine cellar observatory is available and we offer massage, yoga, and cooking demonstrations with chef. The Retreat is spread over 66ha of rural land next to Lake Pukaki, and overlooking Aoraki Mt Cook, NZ's highest mountain. Experience the best in warm kiwi hospitality.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Hiking
Car hire
Electric vehicle charging station
Secured parking
Yoga classes
Sauna
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Ski rentals
Skiing
Tennis court
Bicycle tours
Fishing
Patio
Board games / puzzles
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Light therapy
Massage
Neck massage
Open-air bath
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
First aid kit
Private check-in / check-out
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Dining area
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iPod docking station
Electric blanket
Walk-in shower
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Sofa
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Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Minibar
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Travelsalot60 wrote a review Nov 2021
Wellington, New Zealand8 contributions3 helpful votes
We were 2 friends taking ‘me’ time. You couldn’t ask for a better place. Gorgeous scenery out your window (or hot tub!), delicious food and such tasteful accommodation with everything and more you could need. We did the star gazing from the owners private observatory one night, another we dined with other guests and Luke & Kate the owners. Such a great place to stay. We had a divine massage included at our villa too. Very indulgent all round!!! Thanks to Lakeside Team.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Response from Kaye and Luke Paardekooper, Owner at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat
Responded 22 Dec 2021
What a great review thank you. The Retreat is a place where you can simply be and enjoy all the delights that you mention. As we are in the Dark Sky Reserve, the night sky is spectacularly star filled and it is a fun experience in the Observatory. Thanks for coming, we appreciate your feedback. Cheers, Kaye and Luke and the Retreat team.
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danicott wrote a review Nov 2021
Wellington, New Zealand4 contributions11 helpful votes
My neighbour & I snuck off to Pukaki Lakeside retreat for a much-needed rest and our beautiful Ashley McKenzie villa was a gem. Beautifully appointed with everything you could possibly need right on the edge of Lake Pukaki. Indulging in a massage & our very own hot tub ,lakeside couldn’t have been better. The evening meals, which we selected from the menu, were exceptional, using delicious local produce . Luke & Kaye & their friendly staff made us feel very welcome - hopefully we can return in the future. Debbie
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Response from Kaye and Luke Paardekooper, Owner at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat
Responded 26 Dec 2021
Thank you for your wonderful review, we appreciate this. So pleased you enjoyed the time away to rest and relax. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Kaye Luke and the team
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Debbie F wrote a review Oct 2021
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We had one of the most memorable stays at the Lakeside Retreat. The villa was beautifully appointed. The outside area outstanding. The views of lake Pukaki are amazing. A private gym, A private massage room, A private sauna and hot tub. The delivered 3 course dinner each night was delicious with chef Tom using locally sourced produce with vegetables & herbs grown in their very own garden. It is a very special place to stay. Thanks guys for having us x
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Kaye and Luke Paardekooper, Owner at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat
Responded 26 Dec 2021
Thanks for staying, and for taking time to review your stay. We are so pleased that you loved your stay at the Ashley Mackenzie Villa. This our lakeside villa with a private hot tub, massage room, sauna and gym set overlooking Lake Pukaki. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay, the local food and beautiful views. Thank you and we hope to see you back again soon. Best wishes Kaye, Luke and the team
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James H wrote a review Oct 2021
16 contributions1 helpful vote
Beautifully designed villa with style and comfort. Having the chef cook for us was wonderful. We really relaxed so much. We even did a 1000 piece jigsaw - when does anyone ever have the time for that! The hot tub was great. And there were so many brilliant complimentary touches to make it feel luxurious.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Kaye and Luke Paardekooper, Owner at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat
Responded 26 Dec 2021
Thank you for your lovely review James, we enjoyed having you and your family to stay. So pleased that you could complete the jigsaw! We aim to pamper our guests and make their stay a chance to have time together to relax. So pleased we created this experience for you. Kaye and Luke adn the team.
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Aean_and_Laura wrote a review Oct 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand60 contributions58 helpful votes
What an absolutely amazing place. Luke and Kaye have created a magical oasis away from everything, with majestic views of the Ben Ohau Ranges and Lake Pukaki. The villa we stayed in was gorgeously appointed, with every detail thought of - down to marshmallows for roasting on the open fire. We loved every moment of our stay and felt thoroughly spoiled the entire time.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Kaye and Luke Paardekooper, Owner at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat
Responded 26 Dec 2021
Thank you for your lovely review Aean and Laura, we loved that you chose the Retreat for your stay. We aim to make your stay with us a truly luxurious experience where you feel pampered and have time to relax. And we are pleased that you experienced this! Thanks for choosing the Retreat and we hope to see you back again soon. Nga Mihi, Kaye, Luke and the Team
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NZgoldcoast wrote a review Oct 2021
Waikanae, New Zealand15 contributions9 helpful votes
Dinner at Moraine Lodge was excellent...well done to all involved.Was a treasure to find while spending time in Twizel. Would recommend to anyone looking for a fine dining experience in a super setting. 4 course set menu with matched wine.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Kaye and Luke Paardekooper, Owner at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat
Responded 25 Dec 2021
Thank you for your great review. We are just 10 minutes from Twizel town with transport options available. We hope to see you at SCOFF again next year.
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Anita wrote a review Jul 2021
New Zealand1 contribution
Our stay was a treat for my husbands belated big birthday :-) and we had a marvelous time. The villa is beautiful and the surroundings stunning. The communication was great and we were warmly welcomed upon arrival. We loved the "big things" as in the beautiful 3 course meal and the yummy breakfast, the incredible scenery and the luxery and the hot pool. But we also so enjoyed the "little things" like the marshmallows for the fire, the whiskey after our wonderful walk, the board games. Well done team. It was a very memmorable stay.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from Kaye and Luke Paardekooper, Owner at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat
Responded 15 Aug 2021
We loved sharing this piece of kiwi heaven with you and thank you for such a wonderful review. We hope that you will come back to see us again soon, thank you for staying! Kaye and Luke
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Kathryn M wrote a review Jul 2021
Tutukaka, New Zealand164 contributions82 helpful votes
Meg, the resident Springer Spaniel, greeted us as we drove up and dutifully led us to the reception door. Luke was very welcoming when we arrived and Sarah was gracious in showing us around. Stunning views, luxury accommodation and welcome ammenities made us feel at home, as did our favourite fresh lilies. Haffa cooked us a delicious dinner, served in our villa in front of a roaring fire. The fridge was more than amply filled with breakfast items. Only wish we had stayed a second night to truly absorb the tranquility of this special piece of New Zealand paradise. Would have liked to play with Meg and her pal Max. Congratulations Luke and Kayne on fulfilling your dream of creating this fantastic resort and retreat.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Response from Kaye and Luke Paardekooper, Owner at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat
Responded 15 Aug 2021
We loved having you to stay Kathryn, thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and got to meet Meg! We hope you will be able to return for a longer stay next time. Kaye and Luke
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Greg Corbett wrote a review Jun 2021
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Our visit was a surprise (belated) 50th birthday treat for my partner. Staying in one of the Moraine Villas we were treated to superb kiwi hospitality from the moment we arrived till we left. The Villa layout shows attention to detail, the food was fantastic, and the friendly, responsive staff were amazing. The weather during our stay wasn't the best but sitting back next to fire with my lovely partner, a glass of good wine and eating excellent food certainly made up for it. Many thanks Luke and team.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Response from Kaye and Luke Paardekooper, Owner at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat
Responded 15 Aug 2021
What a superb review Greg and thank you for choosing the Retreat for your partner's special celebration. We agree, the Villas's are superb in all weathers and our team take a lot of pride in the hospitality they provide. Thank you. Warm regards Kaye and Luke
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kateok1 wrote a review Jun 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand12 contributions4 helpful votes
We rented a Moraine Villa for two nights. It was a beautiful villa, warm and cosy. The food included in the package was superb, lovely and fresh, beautifully presented. Staff were friendly and approachable and would get anything you asked for. Great setting, close to Tekapo and Twizel, would definitely stay again, couldn't recommend highly enough.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Response from Kaye and Luke Paardekooper, Owner at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat
Responded 15 Aug 2021
Thank you for taking time to make this wonderful review Kate, we loved having you to stay. Our chefs prepare food that is fresh, local and garden to plate where possible and we are pleased that you experienced the cuisine in this way. We look forward to your return, Warm regards Kaye and Luke
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PRICE RANGE
US$771 - US$875 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat, High Country Estate and Luxury Villa Collection
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandCanterbury RegionMackenzie DistrictPukaki
NUMBER OF ROOMS
4
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