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Mount Cook Lakeside Retreat

Mount Cook Lakeside Retreat

Twizel, New Zealand

Mount Cook Lakeside Retreat is located on the shores of Lake Pukaki and the property combines panoramic views, indulgent facilities, and a meticulous attention to detail in all aspects of your stay. The villas each have two bedrooms with large French doors that lead out to a patio, a central dining room, and large bathrooms with a rain and hand shower.

On the property, you’re welcome to walk around the private forest walkways or play a game of tennis on the courts. In the evening, you can upgrade your stay to see the observatory, which allows you to see the Dark Sky Reserve in more detail.


A private retreat with sweeping views and meticulous service.


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This property has three two-bedroom villas that are near the vibrant blue waters of Lake Pukaki. The self-contained villas have two super split king beds, a central dining room and kitchen, and a large open sitting area that looks over a fireplace.


Mount Cook Lakeside Retreat is situated just 45 minutes’ drive from Mount Cook Village and 15 minutes’ drive from the village of Twizel. The property is an ideal base for exploring the Mackenzie Basin, including Mount Cook, Twizel and Tekapo. We can easily arrange for you to be picked up from the property by helicopter for glacier flights and heli-hikes in the area.

Food and drink

Dinner and breakfast are included in your stay by your own private chef, who creates dishes using the on-site herb and produce garden. Canapés and welcome drinks are on offer in the evening. Luke the owner can also provide you with a wine tasting from his personal cellar and unadulterated views of the night sky with a personal astronomy evening using a state-of-the-art telescope.


The Ashley Mackenzie Villa is perfect of honeymooners. It offers spectacular views to the lake and mountains, exclusive use of the Fantail spa with sauna, massage, gym, and an outdoor hot tub overlooking the lake and mountains.

Facilities and activities

The lodge is located in the Aoraki International Dark Sky Reserve and guests can enjoy unadulterated views of the night sky with a personal astronomy evening using a state-of-the-art telescope.

Additionally, the light-filled spa, which is open to the lake and mountains, has a sauna, outdoor hot tub, workout room and massage room.

Tour ideas in Twizel

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at Mount Cook Lakeside Retreat as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.

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