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By Matt Philip - Kia Ora Air Nw Zealand Inflight Magazine March 2017
Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat
When a guest recently told Luke and Kaye Paardekooper that her stay at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat made her feel "like a billionaire for a night", it was perfect feedback. The couple created their luxury property at Lake Pukaki as an exclusive experience in a place of great natural beauty, and cut no corners. Te Ashley Mackenzie Villa, which sits on a secluded plateau with views of Aoraki/Mount Cook, is built of double-block walls, with Oregon beams and an inviting fireplace made for apres star-gazing whiskeys. (There is a boutique cellar/observatory with refracting telescope, or you can take in the stars from your hot tub.) For the active, there's a gym, a massage room and a sauna, plus walking trails, a tennis court and a curling rink set among the pines. The villa accommodates four, and the homestead includes a two-bedroom guest wing.
Mindfood- By Ewan McDonald | MARCH 23, 2017
Just a few years ago, it was a dream. Now Luke and Kaye Paardekooper are sharing their dream come true with guests from around the world.
At Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat, they have created a luxurious and secluded place where travellers can relax and rejuvenate in one of the most beautiful and peaceful locations in New Zealand.;
Set in a forest wilderness overlooking the turquoise waters of Lake Pukaki, the retreat is on the doorstep of Aoraki Mt Cook National Park in the beautiful and unique Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area.
From their rooms, guests can enjoy uninterrupted views up the lake to the Southern Alps and Aoraki Mt Cook.
The night sky is just as spectacular: the retreat is inside the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.
The story begins in 2010 when the couple were operating their events management business in Wellington. ...
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The largest of three near-parallel alpine lakes on New Zealand’s South Island, Lake Pukaki is such an unearthly shade of blue that it looks like a scene out of a movie. (And it is: the lake was a backdrop for major scenes in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies). But that frosty, Gatorade-level blue is no special effect: the lake derives its hue from glacial flour—a fine silt of pulverized rock suspended in the water that reflects blue light and give the lake its luminous appearance.
NZ Herald article | Photo / Richard Robinson
Lake Pukaki "is such an unearthly shade of blue that it looks like a scene out of a movie," wrote Conde Nast.
A New Zealand Lake has been named among the world's clearest waters by an American travel publication.
Lake Pukaki, an alpine lake in the South Island, was named the third clearest by Conde Nast Traveler, coming in behind the rivers in Bonito, Brazil, and the Italian seawaters around the island of Lampedusa in Italy.
The lake "is such an unearthly shade of blue that it looks like a scene out of a movie," wrote Conde Nast, adding that it did in fact feature as the backdrop in the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit trilogies.
"That frosty, Gatorade-level blue is no special effect: the lake derives its hue from glacial flour - a fine silt of pulverised rock suspended in the water that reflects blue light and give the lake its luminous appearance." ...
Stuff Article | Siobhan Downes | January 6 2017
"The Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat at Pukaki has an exclusive observatory for guests, equipped with a six-inch refractor telescope. You can also enjoy refreshments and nibbles in the adjoining wine cellar."
We recently shared our unique insights into how to see the Aurora Australis, and to make the most out of your quest to see them in the blog post by Expedia, 'Chasing the Southern Lights in New Zealand'. Chasing the lights can in itself be an adventure. You have to find the perfect night, when the moon is dark, the sky is clear, and the solar winds are swirling up a magnificent geomagnetic storm.
And you have to have patience. The lights are unpredictable, but they do reveal themselves, especially if you plan on spending a few days on the South Island. While you wait soak your cares away in our outdoor hot tub overlooking the lake, revitalise tired muscles with a relaxing massage at our Fantail Spa and savour our fantastic cuisine – at the Mt. Cook Lakeside Retreat, you won’t mind waiting for the aurora to show.
After all, what could be more amazing than a combination of stargazing in one of the most beautiful areas of the world with luxurious accommodation – spa and on-site observatory included!
You can also fill your days with mountain biking, hiking, kayaking or other outdoor activities. Breathe in the fresh air – it’s some of the cleanest in the world at Mt. Cook. See the stars at night in all their wonder, and when the Southern Lights appear, you will have your grand
Absolute Wanderlust Blog | Image by Absolute Wanderlust | 13 November 2016
Living like royalty, in luxurious accommodation with limitless views of luxuriant landscapes while being served lavishly, delicious meals… Sanjay and I were a part of this amazing and slightly surreal experience recently, while celebrating our five year wedding anniversary!