Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat
High Country Estate & Luxury Villa Collection 

 Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat is an alpine estate, nestled between the turquoise blue waters of Lake Pukaki and the majestic Ben Ohau ranges. 

It is right on the doorstep of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park located in the beautiful and unique Te Wāhipounamu World Heritage Area.   

The Retreat is within 2-3 hours scenic drive of Wanaka or Queenstown and just 40 minutes from Lake Tekapo with 4 helipads onsite for direct flights to the Retreat.

Ashley Mackenzie Villa and Private Fantail Spa 


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

Villa Tautoru and Villa Matariki


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

Luxury Weddings in Paradise

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


Saturday Night Casual Dining

Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat invites you to 'Trust the Chef' casual dining on Saturday nights throughout Summer. It is a great way to sample the best from our kitchen and estate, whilst spending time in the wonderful environment that is Moraine Lodge! Relax and enjoy a unique destination dining experience. After dinner feel free to relax with a digestif beside the open fire. 

The Retreat chefs have a reputation for fresh, local cuisine cooked from scratch and Saturday Night dining is sure to be a hit over the summer season!  Chefs Tom and Rafa will design a unique 3 course shared plate menu each week, with each dish accompanied by a wine recommendation from our cellar.  

House guests of the lodge who are reserved to stay overnight on the Saturday night will have the option of this special dinner included within their tariff. 

Subject to availability and by prior reservation, food and wine enthusiasts who are not staying at the lodge may book and also enjoy these special dining experiences.

$95 per head for a 3 course meal including a welcome drink. Pre-booking is essential: Phone 0274 370 820 or email


 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

 'A wonderful mind and soul retreat with the best view NZ possibly can offer. Best view of all places we stayed in NZ this trip and best meal cooked from chef Tom.   The host, Luke and Kaye are very lovely and attentive to every detail. We did a private stargazing and it was marvelous! Luke gave us a tour of the universe. There are   lots of activities you can choose from including tennis, spa, hot tub, sauna, croquet, etc. Best experience of all traveling time.' Ohkas, Bankok, Thailand.

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