Even in New Zealand, with its natural marvels and legendary beauty, Aoraki Mount Cook stands apart. The mountain and its region hold deep spiritual meaning for all New Zealanders. There is simply no other place like it. To journey here is to step into a vast and ancient landscape. The earth beneath your feet began its transformation around 20,000 BC, sculpted and shaped through millennia by the gliding and scraping of immense glaciers. We felt the special wonder of the place from the moment we selected the site for our Retreat, and it’s infused every experience we share with our guests. The warm, comfortable elegance of our private luxury villas, with their inspiring views and plush finishings. The restorative relaxation of our wellness treatments, and the nourishing cuisine prepared by our chef with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Here, you can rest and reconnect. Look into the universe with a private stargazing experience in our wine cellar observatory, or find peace on a walk in the purity of nature. Here, your time is your own. Explore the Aoraki Mount Cook and Lake Tekapo region and try a new adventure, or indulge in the quiet and choose to simply be.
Haere mai – we extend a warm welcome, and look forward to your stay. Your special gift voucher can be applied to accommodation, private dining experience, or Retreat events:
Nestled between Lake Pukaki and the Ben Ohau ranges, Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat offers free WiFi, a hot tub and free daily breakfast and dinner. All accommodations offer stunning views. Set on 160 acres within the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve, Mt Cook Retreat is a 7-minute drive from Twizel and 30 minutes’ drive from Mt Cook Village. Lake Tekapo is a 30-minute drive away. Accommodations options include three 1 or 2 bedroom luxury villas with each with a hot tub, fireplace and drawing room. Each of the heated luxury villas offer high wooden ceilings, sandstone floors and an elegant ensuite bathroom. The Villa with Lake views has a private sauna, fitness room and massage room. Guests receive free afternoon tea on arrival. Your free breakfast provisions are prepared by the Retreat chefs and include, homemade bread, muesli, jams and fruit. Guests can enjoy tennis, stargazing, cycling and hiking on the property.
To dine at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat is to savour the tastes of nature. Step into an uncomplicated world where food is real, the soil, air and water are pure and your dining experience is designed to honour those elements to the fullest. The Retreat’s cuisine is rooted in what comes from our large vegetable garden and the local suppliers of our region. Guests have described their dining experience here as “foodie heaven.” Our cuisine playfully wanders the line between refined and rugged, borrowing from both fine dining and simple whole foods defined by freshness and the natural seasons. Explore the foodie happenings around the Retreat, roll up your sleeves to participate, or just observe and enjoy time in the Retreat’s idyllic garden or bustling kitchen with our chef. All dietary preferences and requirements can be accommodated.
The Retreat can accommodate a wide variety of event and celebration requests. Moraine Lodge, our signature event space, is purpose-built to host groups for everything from wedding receptions to corporate meetings. Our commercial kitchen and expert culinary team cater gatherings with exquisite cuisine, and our breathtaking wedding lawns and outdoor spaces offer stunning opportunities for photography and outdoor functions. We also have ample and convenient on-site parking. Elevate your wedding, special occasion or business event by celebrating at the Retreat. Our breathtaking setting, elegant venues, luxury accommodation and gourmet cuisine allow you to create an unforgettable event with ease.
Step away from the hectic pace of life and take time to revive your body, mind and spirit. We created Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat to be a place of beauty, peace, privacy and rest. The clear, starry skies, ancient glacial landscapes, fresh mountain air and vast open spaces of the Aoraki Mount Cook region inspired our wellness philosophy: Celebrate the power of optimism, make time for reflection and cultivate an active, engaged perspective on life. Our wellness menu draws inspiration from our indigenous land and culture. Our treatments are based on holistic therapies connecting our guests to their Wairua (spirit) and to our natural environment, encouraging a sense of Hauora (wellbeing).