New Zealand's Premier High Country Estate and Luxury Villa Collection

Gaze across the otherworldly blue of a turquoise lake to the tallest towering peaks.

New Zealand's Premier High Country Estate and Luxury Villa Collection

Enjoy comfortable elegance in our luxury villas, with inspiring views and plush decor.

New Zealand's Premier High Country Estate and Luxury Villa Collection

Look up into the velvet darkness of the world’s clearest sky, sparkling with the Southern stars.

New Zealand's Premier High Country Estate and Luxury Villa Collection

Dine on fine cuisine prepared by our private chef from fresh local and seasonal ingredients.

New Zealand's Premier High Country Estate and Luxury Villa Collection

Rest and restore in the peace of nature with our personalised wellness treatments.

New Zealand's Premier High Country Estate and Luxury Villa Collection

Host your next celebration or special event in an elegant, unforgettable setting.

This is Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat.

Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand

Even in New Zealand, with its natural marvels and legendary beauty, Aoraki Mount Cook stands apart. The mountain and its region hold deep spiritual meaning for all New Zealanders. There is simply no other place like it.

To journey here is to step into a vast and ancient landscape. The earth beneath your feet began its transformation around 20,000 BC, sculpted and shaped through millennia by the gliding and scraping of immense glaciers.

We felt the special wonder of the place from the moment we selected the site for our Retreat, and it’s infused every experience we share with our guests. The warm, comfortable elegance of our private luxury villas, with their inspiring views and plush finishings. The restorative relaxation of our wellness treatments, and the nourishing cuisine prepared by our chef with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients.

Here, you can rest and reconnect. Look into the universe with a private stargazing experience in our wine cellar observatory, or find peace on a walk in the purity of nature.

Here, your time is your own. Explore the Aoraki Mount Cook and Lake Tekapo region and try a new adventure, or indulge in the quiet and choose to simply be.

Haere mai – we extend a warm welcome, and look forward to your stay.

Ashley Mackenzie Villa

Ashley Mackenzie Villa

Moraine Villas

Moraine Villas

From the moment we arrived we felt so welcome, and knew we were in for a special experience. We weren’t disappointed. The accommodation is so comfortable and beautiful, the setting and views are superb, even on an overcast day, and then there was the most amazing food delivered to our villa each day. Every one of the staff were so friendly and accommodating. It was all so good we booked an additional night! We really enjoyed the outdoor hot tub on the cold nights, gazing up at an incredible starry sky, and also loved taking the owners’ two Springer Spaniels for a walk on the numerous tracks. All in all, just perfect really, we couldn’t fault it, and will be back for sure! This place is a credit to the NZ travel industry.

Neil 
Neil

Experience

At Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat, your time is your own. We invite you to revive your body and spirit with our wellness offerings, enjoy our world-class fine cuisine, explore the region and try a new adventure, and connect with the universe through a stargazing experience in our private observatory. Or, choose to simply relax, and enjoy the peace and beauty of your surroundings.

Revive

Dine

Explore

Stargaze

Revive

Dine

Explore

Stargaze

Celebrate

Elevate your wedding, special occasion or business event by celebrating at the Retreat. Our breathtaking setting, elegant venues, luxury accommodation and gourmet cuisine allow you to create an unforgettable event with ease.

Weddings

Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat offers the perfect setting for your wedding, with stunning vistas and beautiful indoor spaces to accommodate an intimate elopement or a large gathering.

Special Occasions

Host your celebration or special event at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat. Our venues can accommodate groups small or large, with gourmet catering provided by our chef and culinary team.

Corporate Events

The Retreat is the ideal destination for your business event, with a range of options to host meetings, incentive travel, conferencing, and exhibitions.

Upcoming Events at the Retreat

Upcoming Events at the Retreat

We are continually innovating to bring you fresh, exciting experiences with our special events at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat. Purchase your tickets or reserve your spot on our website, and feel free to contact us with any questions.

News and Inspiration

Updates, media coverage and more from Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat. If you’d like to share your own Retreat content, use the hashtag #mtcookretreat on social media.

Stargazing in the Aoraki Mackenzie Region

Stargazing in the Aoraki Mackenzie Region

New Zealand Herald writer Jacqui Gibson visits the Retreat and explores stargazing in the Aoraki Mackenzie region.

A Time for Renewal

A Time for Renewal

After a devastating forest fire, we rededicate ourselves to our vision for Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat: A place of rest, wellness and renewal.

A Solo Escape

A Solo Escape

Our Retreat is the perfect escape, whether for a romantic couple’s getaway or a self-care solo vacation, as one NZ Herald writer discovered.

Down in the Scenic South

Down in the Scenic South

OK! Magazine enjoys a getaway from urban life and finds luxury in the pristine wilderness at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat.