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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.

 COVID19 UPDATE: Our team is now fully vaccinated and will be following the Government mandates regarding vaccination to ensure that you have a safe stay at the Retreat.   Once the Government COVID19 Protection Framework comes into operation in late November this means that, to protect the health and safety of our guests and staff, all guests of the Retreat will need to be fully vaccinated or have an approved vaccine waiver.

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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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Rain or shine, it’s stunning. You can’t go wrong with this place. Luke and Kaye have spent a lot of time putting it together with love, care, and complete respect of their environment. You can feel their attention to every detail as soon as you walk through the door. The place is gorgeous, the energy serene, even the dogs are good company! We enjoyed the proximity to Mt Cook, the walks in the area, the delicious food, the majestic beauty of the place, the night skies, and above all the silence and privacy. I spent several hours just watching the colours of the sky and nature at different times of the day…and “stargazing 101” through Luke’s telescope was a wonderful experience too, on a very clear night. Thanks again to both of you for one of the most relaxing stays we’ve ever had.

Valerie F. Singapore
Valerie F.