Stay in Comfort and Elegance
Our two Moraine Villas, named Villa Matariki and Villa Tautoru, have mountain views over the magnificent Ben Ohau ranges and the tawny landscape of the Mackenzie Country. Located side-by-side, the villas have identical floor plans and offer privacy and luxurious comfort for your stay at the Retreat. View floor plan. →
Both Villa Matariki and Villa Tautoru can be booked for use of one or two bedrooms, depending on the size of your party.
Each villa contains two large bedrooms designed in the style of a European farmhouse, with thick 600mm walls, high wood ceilings, Italian sandstone flooring, leadlight windows and double glazing. The bedrooms are located at opposite ends of the villa and linked with a central drawing room. Depending on the size of your party, the villas can be booked for use of one bedroom or two bedrooms.
The bedrooms are decorated in soft Tuscan white with neutral velvet and linens and good quality bedding. Restful and light-filled, the bedrooms are romantically elegant. Leadlight double-glazed french doors and windows frame the magnificent views from these rooms.
The french doors open out onto the patio and lawn and one of New Zealand’s most iconic and panoramic views over the Ben Ohau mountain ranges and tawny Mackenzie Country landscape. The super king beds can be reconfigured into two king single beds for twin share.
Each bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom designed in Edwardian style with tiled walls and floors. To add to the sense of elegance, the bathrooms are fitted out with exclusive Perrin and Rowe tapware produced by English craftsmen with a passion for authentic design, quality and durability. Enjoy a relaxing shower under rain and handheld showersheads with views toward the Ben Ohau ranges.
The Drawing Room
The Drawing Room
A beautiful open plan drawing room connects the two bedrooms. Featuring a high ceiling, an open fireplace, polished wood dining table, deep comfortable leather furnishings and antique furniture, with original images by New Zealand artists decorating the walls. The french doors at one end of the drawing room open out to the patio, and deep angled windows light the room.
Luxury accommodation in an elegant 165-square-meter private villa
Mountain views over the Ben Ohau ranges and Mackenzie Country
The villa contains two bedrooms, each with its own large ensuite bathroom
- Bathroom amenities including hairdryer, spa/bath robe and slippers
A large central drawing room with an open fireplace connects the two bedrooms
Each villa features an outdoor hot tub, perfect for soaking under the beautiful stars of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve
The villa is elegantly finished with natural wood timbers and soft Italian sandstone flooring, and decorated with luxurious furnishings
The villa is warmed by an open fireplace and central heating
- Guests enjoy free access to the Retreat’s private forest walkways and tennis court
- Onsite astronomical observatory and wine cellar experience
- Onsite wellness and massage treatments available by arrangement and subject to availability
- Private chef service
- Laundry service
- Local tours and packages by arrangement
- Luxury accommodation
- Complimentary bottle of New Zealand wine on arrival, selected from our curated wine cellar
- Fresh seasonal fruit platter, replenished daily
- Gourmet breakfast provisions, replenished daily
- Three-course meal each day including nibbles platter, prepared by our private chef and brought to your villa for private dining
- Free wireless internet access
- Free use of the estate’s tennis court, petanque, croquet, and curling rink (in winter)
- Bathroom amenities
- Bicycles for use on cycle trails (by arrangement)
- Tea and coffee making facilities
- Free onsite parking
- Daily servicing of your villa
There are not enough superlatives in the dictionary to describe this experience….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….The Retreat is impeccably decorated yet is inviting and comfortable. Third, add a dash of the most amazing hosts you could imagine. Such kind and lovely people. You are welcomed as an old friend would be. Fourth, in the evening take a look up to the sky and just try to turn away. Highly likely you have never seen a night sky like this before. The constellations and enormity of the cosmos are on full display at this dark sky sanctuary. Make sure to book the observatory viewing…beyond spectacular.