About the Retreat

High Country Estate and Luxury Villa Collection

Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat is the dream of one ambitious couple, Luke and Kaye Paardekooper. With the help of family, friends and their dedicated team, Luke and Kaye shaped a raw landcape of rugged terrain and wild pine forests into a pure alpine paradise.

Nestled between the turquoise waters of Lake Pukaki and majestic Ben Ohau mountain ranges, on the doorstep of Aoraki Mount Cook, the Retreat offers luxury accommodation in your choice of three private villas, fine cuisine, elegant event venues, exceptional stargazing and astrophotography opportunities, and much more. An ethos of wellness, connection with nature, rest and rejuvenation guides everything we do.

Read on to learn more of our story. We hope our journey to Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat will inspire you to make your own.

Our Journey

Our Journey

Our Location

Our Location

Amazing retreat. My wife and I stayed at this fabulous lodge and it turned out be one of the best places we have ever stayed in the world. The proprietors, Kaye and Luke, were fantastic. The views and facilities were stunning. Food and wine was magnificent. Service was excellent. This is a must-visit place in the South Island of New Zealand. Incredible views of Mount Cook. Cannot say enough about this special place.

Rory

Planning Your Stay

Explore our luxury accommodation and other offerings, learn more about the Aoraki Mount Cook, Lake Tekapo and Mackenzie region of New Zealand, or contact us with any questions – we’re always happy to help.

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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.

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.

Filming A Wrinkle in Time

Filming A Wrinkle in Time

Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat was privileged to welcome Storm Reid, Oprah and Director Ava DuVernay during the filming of A Wrinkle in Time.