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Updates, Media Coverage and More

Here’s where we share our latest news and inspiration with you, the friends of Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat. Don’t forget to keep in touch with us on Facebook and Instagram, or check back here regularly for updates from Kaye, Luke and the team.

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A Time for Renewal

After a devastating forest fire, we rededicated ourselves to our vision for Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat: A place of rest, wellness and renewal for all who set foot here.

To the Lake House

Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat is “a luxurious and secluded place where travellers can relax and rejuvenate,” according to MiNDFOOD magazine.

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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.

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.

To the Lake House

To the Lake House

The Retreat is "a luxurious and secluded place where travellers can relax and rejuvenate," according to MiNDFOOD magazine.

Congratulations Adi and Ratna!

Congratulations Adi and Ratna!

We feel privileged to be a part of such a special wedding day at The Retreat.

Lake Pukaki Among World’s Clearest Waters

Lake Pukaki Among World’s Clearest Waters

Our very own Lake Pukaki has been named among the world’s clearest waters by Condé Nast Traveler.

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Everything was superb. We stayed for 3 nights and also had our wedding there….The location is breathtaking. Whether your villa looks out over the lake or the Mackenzie Basin, you will not be disappointed with the spectacular views….Outdoor hot tubs also with outrageous views! The food was outrageously good – breakfast was tasty and filling, but the evening meals took my breath away. All freshly prepared and locally sourced….Luke and Kaye have made such a fantastic place, and are very hands on, Anna organised everything for us and made sure our wedding – and the rest of our stay – went smoothly. Nothing was too much trouble. The other staff were friendly and helpful without being intrusive, and Tom is a very gifted chef who is also very friendly and happy to chat about the food, but also to accommodate any special needs or requests. Our children have a cows milk protein allergy, but were still able to eat like royalty. Finally, try the stargazing in the wine cellar. Unbelievable.

Martin W. 
Martin W.