Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat is set in a forest wilderness overlooking the turquoise blue waters of Lake Pukaki.  It is right on the doorstep of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park located in the beautiful and unique Te Wāhipounamu World Heritage Area.  We are within 2-3 hours scenic drive of Wanaka or Queenstown and just 40 minutes from Lake Tekapo.

From your room you can enjoy uninterrupted views up Lake Pukaki to the Southern Alps and Aoraki Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain.  And the night sky is spectacular as we are located within the gold level Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.

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Private and secluded, your stay in the luxurious Ashley Mackenzie Villa will be unforgettable.  The Villa accommodates up to 4 people.  Larger groups will also be accommodated in Pukaki Homestead Guest Wing which is just 350 metres away.  

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Filled with light and open to the lake and mountain views, the design of Fantail Spa reflects the natural beauty of its surroundings.  You will have private use of the spa facilities.  Inviting, warm and welcoming, the spa includes a sauna, hot tub (outside bath), workout room, massage room, tennis and petanque courts.

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Above you is the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, a superb stargazing experience.  In the company of your hosts, relax over the best wine our local vintners have to offer while you take time to explore the incredible dark sky in a unique stargazing experience.  

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Step into an uncomplicated world where food is real, water is pure and you are free to walk or run the forest tracks that meander around our property.  From Garden to Plate, your meals are fresh and seasonal.

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Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat is the perfect destination for your wedding.  Private, exclusive and set in one of New Zealand’s most serenely beautiful landscapes. We invite you to peruse our range of luxury wedding packages designed for 2 to 200 person weddings.

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Take time to explore one of the darkest skies in the world. Pukaki Wine Cellar Observatory is located onsite.



Indulge your senses with a relaxation massage during your stay.  Your private massage facility opens to the lake and mountains.



Cycle through the most spectacular landscapes on the Alps 2 Ocean cycle way, fish for salmon with a local fishing guide.