Matakauri Lodge in Queenstown represents the kind of luxury New Zealand vacation that has become famous over the years. Proudly calling itself a small, luxury, five-star boutique hotel, the lodge emphasizes a quiet, personal vacation experience with all the things that make getting away from it all so worthwhile.
The rooms are well-appointed, decked out with the best in comfortable furnishings. There are accommodations for every taste, from small and intimate Lodge Rooms to the expansive Deluxe Suites with their commanding views of the local scenery. Rooms can be had in locations either distant from the main facilities in order to maintain privacy or closer in for a chance to mingle with the other guests and take advantage of the group amenities.
The common facilities are quite versatile, able to fulfill just about any traveler’s wishes. There’s a gym for those who enjoy a good workout to get the blood flowing. A full luxury spa is set among the beautiful pine forests, offering all manner of full body treatments ranging from pedicures to total body wraps to draw out any lingering tensions from before the vacation. There is even a spectacular outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, both heated for enjoyment year-round.
Fine dining is taken to its most artistic and refined form at the lodge as well. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are offered with menus that change daily and showcase the very best in New Zealand’s native ingredients. Guests also can also schedule pre-dinner drinks if they wish to mingle with their fellow vacationers, as many of the region’s famous wines, cocktails and beers are ready for sampling. Picnics and private dining experiences also can be set up with the hotel staff, allowing for total control of your vacation interactions.
The Matakauri Lodge is a fine example of what a small operation can achieve in terms of complete and unrestricted luxury for a discerning traveler, and should be high on any list for accommodations during a vacation to New Zealand.