Checking In: Matakauri Lodge New Zealand

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With Queenstown being one of the most popular destinations to visit in New Zealand, I was understandably excited to check myself in to the area’s premier lodging accommodation: Matakauri Lodge, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Just a seven minute drive from the centre of town, the lodge is close enough for convenience but far enough to feel a world away from reality. So if you’re looking for an unforgettable, unique experience in Queenstown, here’s more about my stay at the luxurious but low-key lodge known as Matakauri!

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Checking In: Matakauri Lodge

If a picture tells a thousand words, then stepping in to this real life fairytale is surely a book waiting to be written. The rooms at Matakauri lodge give you that unique New Zealand experience you’ve always dreamed of, with all the comforts of home and then some. Furnishings are warm and inviting, giving you that instant homely feel as soon as you walk in the door.

Around the lodge you can enjoy all the usual facilities of a five star property, but the additions of a warm jacuzzi and infinity pool make the outdoor experience even more enjoyable — even in winter! From the lodge you can also walk down to the jetty where you can enjoy the lake view

The views from Matakauri Lodge are the kind that inspire you to take up painting or watercolours – they’re really that surreal! From the lodge you get a clear and unforgettable view of The Remarkables, as well as unobstructed views of the lake from your room.

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Inside the Rooms

The lodge is designed in a way that maximises guests’ privacy, with luscious greenery separating one room’s view from the next.

What I loved most about the room was the balance struck between luxury and purposeful living. Nothing in the room was over the top or unnecessary, as the lodge aims to make guests feel at home in New Zealand with their humble approach to luxury accommodation.

The room rate includes a complimentary mini-bar (the brownies are literally addictive – I can almost taste them just typing about them!), as well as an all-inclusive breakfast and gourmet dinner.

Each room also comes with a private terrace to enjoy the gorgeous mountain views, or you can kick back in the large bathtub and take in the views from indoors.

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Around the Lodge

If you can force yourself to leave your room (which I assure you, is harder than it sounds), then you’ll find plenty of things to do around the resort. The resort has an infinity pool, jacuzzi, spa service and a well-appointed gym facing the gorgeous views. And yet even with that draw I couldn’t drag myself in there for a work out!

I would really recommend taking the time to wander down to the jetty for a view on the lake. The lodge has private access making this a great place to kick back and enjoy the sunshine + a good book in the warmer months.

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The Matakauri Dining Experience

As mentioned earlier, the lodge room rates include a full buffet and cooked breakfast, all-inclusive mini-bar and a gourmet dinner each evening. Now, more importantly, how was the food!?

Breakfast is available to guests between 7-10:30am and is served in the dining room or alternatively in your room should you wish. The buffet is small but plentiful, with a full menu provided to order cooked breakfast items like Eggs Florentine, Waffles, or fluffy omelettes. Delicious!

Throughout the day I couldn’t help myself but to snack on the delicious homemade treats in the in-room mini-bar and if there’s one thing you should do before you die, its try the Matakauri brownies – they’re unlike anything else I have ever tried before!

Finally, for dinner, you couldn’t get a more refined, delicious dining experience if you tried. Guests can choose from an a la carte or tasting menu, and with so many great dishes on offer I just couldn’t help but to order the tasting menu two nights in a row. Prepare to swallow your pride and ask for the recipe – the dishes are out of this world!

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World of Wanderlust visited Matakauri Lodge as a guest – however my opinion and oodles of photos are all my own!

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    Ellen Mona
    August 2, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    This is EllenMona. If you ask me about this website I would say that this is something really interesting. I accidently happened to see this and I could not leave without going through the website.

    July 25, 2016 at 7:01 am

    Ugh this just looks so perfect! New Zealand is my favorite country, these photos make me want to go back even more!

    July 21, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Wow! The photo of you walking down the dock is breathtaking. It almost looks fake it’s so perfect.

    July 20, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Absolutely amazing place!

    July 18, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Gorgeous photos. What fantastic place to be in the world today. Please share more with us about your special trip. I pack myself in your suitcaset to go visit now…

    July 18, 2016 at 6:32 am

    Gorgeous photos. Please. Please share more with us about your special trip. I want to go visit now…

    July 16, 2016 at 9:56 am

    The view from the windows looks like a painting!

    July 16, 2016 at 2:45 am

    The view is absolutely amazing!

    July 16, 2016 at 2:44 am

    This property looks as beautiful as the country itself. Next time I got to New Zealand…

    July 15, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    You’ve got to love New Zealand….

    July 15, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    The last picture…WOW! Love it!

    July 15, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Amazing place

    Adam (Adam's World)
    July 15, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Oh…My…Lord! That looks so fantastic. I wish I could afford going to NZ one day, as AU and NZ is kind of my dream for many, many years! We also have spots like that in Poland, yet – it’s very hard to find a place with such an incredible view and at the same time – not too full of people. As some people before spotted – that room and scenery is like a fairytale!

    Tessa Browne
    July 15, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    All of these photos are so beautiful! The nature in New Zealand is unreal, I really need to get over there for a holiday!

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    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    July 15, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Yes, no doubt, this is New Zealand… Basically my dream. It looks fabulous, and this place looks a lot like my dream house!

    July 15, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Oh my god, how beautiful!! Is this place even real?! Straight to my bucket list xx

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    July 15, 2016 at 10:50 am

    New Zealand has been on my list for so long! These photos make me want to book a trip tomorrow…although it looks like I would have a really hard time leaving the room!


    July 15, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Oh my goodness, what beautiful scenery! It looks like part of a fairytale. I hope you had the most wonderful time there! I’d love to visit NZ and why not, I’m just next door in Victoria! Also my cousin lives there so it’d be the perfect excuse to visit her!

    Sally –

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    July 15, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Great image. This view is super. Great post