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“Nine day Magical NZ Experience!” 5 of 5 stars
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Matakauri Lodge
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Glenorchy Road | PO Box 888, Queenstown 9197, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #4 of 57 Hotels in Queenstown
Southampton, New York
2 reviews
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“Nine day Magical NZ Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2011

I had the great pleasure of visiting all three of the amazing lodges
in the Robertson group as part of the magical 9 day New Zealand Experience...the
gorgeous lodges of Kauri Cliffs, Cape Kidnappers and Matakauri. All
very unique, each with a different feel, with one unifying theme called
excellence. If you are thinking of NZ and want to do it right, this is
the way to go! Although, be warned, you will probably want to extend
your stay, so get an open ended ticket. The golf courses at Kauri
Cliffs and "The Cape" are a golfers dream...just spectacular with
views to match. The staff, the food, the service, the accommodations,
the individual spas all as good as I have ever experienced. You
immediately felt like you were at home! Everyone was always so
accommodating and no request went unfulfilled. The culinary team(s)
can handle any request. In fact, when you were first greeted at each
property, you were asked if you had any dietary concerns. One of the many
nice touches at each lodge.
Don't forget to visit the 900 year old Kauri Tree at Kauri Cliffs, or
visit the Gannet colony at the Cape, or do the helicopter tour of
Queenstown at Matakauri....just for starters. There are so many things
to do, even if you are not a golfer!
I will be back, but next time for longer. Nine days is just not enough. Thanks "Team Robertson"!!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2010

The setting, accomodations, food, spa and restaurant at Matakauri are beyond comparison. With all of the activities to do and beautiful sites that Queenstown has to offer, it was still hard to motivate to leave the grounds of this fabulous resort. Matakauri is one of the world's finest resorts and made for one of the best vacations we have ever taken.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2010

Spending 2 nights at MataKauri lodge was quite simply one of the most magical experiences my girlfriend and I have ever had. While pricy; the food, accommodation and experience all made the stay worthwhile.

The food was on par with any 3 hat restaurant we have visited in New Zealand or Australia. The staff were incredibly helpful and friendly, in particular Michael. We were actually the first guests to stay in the hotel since the renovations, and all staff members ensured it was as special for us as it was for them.

The surroundings are spectacular, and the well designed lodge exploits this tremendously. Overall an amazing stay, and we will definitely be back!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Midland, TX
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2010

The Matakauri Lodge is remarkable in many ways...the sheer beauty of the area is obvious at first glance, with the most incredible sunset over snow-capped mountains you could hope to see;the view of the gleaming Lake Wakapitu and mountain backdrop is enjoyed from each room of the Lodge and guest cottages; the staff is amazing-they are so helpful with details and activities-very professional and personable; the beds are fluffy and comfy for the most restful sleep-the cottages are very well-appointed with every convenience; dining is quite an experience with the most perfect food , wine and service; a truly unique experience!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Antonio, Texas
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2010

Upon our arrival at the stunning new Matakauri Lodge our bags were whisked away to our double tiered suite with fireplace overlooking the sound.The view from the living area and bedroom were breathtaking,but the view from the two person bath brought "oooohs and ahhhhhhhs". Canot wait to return.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Greenwich, Connecticut
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2010

This newly opened, small lakeside lodge is a lovely get-away from Queenstown, and offers the best accommodations and dining in this South Island area. Several miles out of town, along a scenic road, this charming inn hugs the cliffside over Lake Wakapitu. The welcoming staff makes guests immediately comfortable. The suites are thoughtfully laid out for maximum enjoyment with picture windows overlooking the lake and the snow-capped mountains across the water. Stunning views! Dining is a culinary experience not to be missed, with exquisite food and friendly service. An attractive fitness spa and pool on the premises. Altogether a not-to-be-missed visit!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2010

The Villas at Matakauri are completely separated, so there is the feeling of complete privacy with all the conveniences of a larger hotel. The way the room is laid out, we enjoyed the views from the bedroom, living room and bathroom. The atmosphere is absolutely gorgeous, with the main dining having panoramic views of the Lake and Mountains. There is a great fitness center, and the staff catered to us, the way we would have expected. A lot of times, when you go to a 5 star resort it doesn’t live up to expectations. This resort lived up to our expectations, and we can't wait for the opportunity to return.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Matakauri Lodge

Address: Glenorchy Road | PO Box 888, Queenstown 9197, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Queenstown
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Queenstown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Matakauri Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 7
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