Twizel, New Zealand
Mike and Anna have created this purpose-built, environmentally friendly lodge on the shores of Lake Pukaki to make the most of the views of the Mount Cook massif. The dramatic location, utter serenity and attention to detail make it a great base from which to explore one of the most scenic regions of New Zealand.
The six spacious guest rooms are bright, stylish and contemporary, while the en suite bathrooms feature a tub which is located under the window and offers views of the surrounding peaks and the starry night sky.
Breakfast is served in the main dining room or you can enjoy the fresh, local produce from the privacy of your room or courtyard. With 24 hours’ notice, picnic hampers can be prepared for use during days out, and in the evening, guests can dine from a daily-changing menu accompanied by fine New Zealand wines.
The extensive grounds around the lodge are teeming with native plants and wildlife but if you wish to venture further afield, complimentary bicycles are available to use on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trails and the purpose-built tracks around Lake Tekapo. There is also a helipad for excursions into the alpine peaks and glaciers.
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Lakestone Lodge is a fine example of New Zealand’s commitment to both sustainable tourism and environmental awareness. Add to this, the panoramic views and their locally produced cuisine provide an experience that is hard to forget.
Combining simple but stylish decor with eco-conscious design, the six rooms at Lakestone Lodge are bright, modern and comfortable. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer dramatic views of the lake and mountains, the large beds are draped in soft blankets, and local art adorns the walls. All rooms have complimentary Wi-Fi, while the bathrooms have a separate shower and bathtub, the latter offering uninterrupted views across to the mountains.
The lodge sits in a remote location on the shores of Lake Pukaki, from where you can watch the sun set over Mount Cook or see storm clouds rolling in over the Southern Alps. Scenic hiking and cycling are on the doorstep and the property has a helipad for trips into the high mountains.
Food and drink
Fresh, local produce is a key element of a stay at Lakestone Lodge, with everything from the generous breakfast to the packed lunches and convivial dinners revolving around seasonal produce from the area. Picnic hampers can be prepared for all-day outings, while the daily-changing dinner menu features local salmon, venison and lamb alongside regional wines and craft beers. If you’ve has a successful day fishing, the chef will also be happy to cook your catch for you at the end of the day.
The lodge only accepts children over 12.
Facilities and activities
Complimentary bikes are available to borrow, staff can advise on local hiking routes, and the Night Sky Experience offers a chance for a guided stargazing session in this International Dark Sky Reserve.
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