From 26 March 2020, New Zealand is in lockdown for four weeks to stop COVID-19 in its tracks.
That means that, for now, the Retreat is closed. We’re already looking forward to re-opening and sharing our beautiful part of the world with you again. With that in mind, we have put together some affordable winter packages to celebrate a return to normal with you.
ASHLEY MACKENZIE VILLA AND PRIVATE FANTAIL SPA
LAKE & MOUNTAIN VIEWS ~ UP TO 4 GUESTS
From The Ashley Mackenzie Villa you can enjoy uninterrupted views up Lake Pukaki to the Southern Alps and Aoraki Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain. READ MORE
'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, Washington DC
2 VILLAS ~ UP TO 4 PAX EACH VILLA ~ MOUNTAIN AND FARMSCAPE VIEWS
Moraine Villas overlook the tawny farmscape of the Mackenzie Basin with mountain views of the Ben Ohau ranges. READ MORE
'There are not enough superlatives in the dictionary to describe this experience. Start with an absolutely stunning location. This gem is tucked away off the beaten track, but within close proximity to all of the highlights of the region. Sunsets and sunrise on the patio or from your room are stunning. Pair this magnificent location with the most beautiful of accommodation. Walking into this retreat is like wrapping a warm blanket of amazingness around yourself.' Chris S, review from our guest book
The Retreat has a range of private venue options for your wedding, from an intimate elopement wedding for 2, to a destination wedding for close friends and family or to a ceremony and reception for 500+ guests. MORE INFO
Mark of Superiority and Distinction. Having traveled the North and South Islands, staying at several accommodations, none compared to our stay at Mt. Cook's Lakeside retreat! The cottage was elegant in every way! The cuisine superb! The view...Breathtaking! The experience... "PERFECT!" I couldn't consider a better place for a wedding than on the lawn with that turquoise lake and Mt. Cook in the background. Thank you for the personal tour of the southern sky in your observatory/wine cellar! WOW!!! Thank you for making our wedding so amazing Patrick, Missouri
Take time at the onsite observatory to explore the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, one of the darkest skies in the world. READ MORE