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Matuka Lodge
5.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   395 Glen Lyon Road, Twizel 7944, New Zealand   |  
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Free breakfast with your stay
Ranked #1 of 6 Twizel B&B and Inns
Newcastle Upon Tyne
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“Heavenly!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2011

My favourite place to stay in South Island, Matuka Lodge is a beautifully designed modern building with an elegant interior, and delightful, attentive hosts. Guests are thoroughly spoiled – every possible requirement is provided and it is very hard to leave and move on! There are fabulous views of a gorgeous plant fringed pool, stocked with entertaining fish, and beyond, animals grazing on land reminiscent of African plains, with snowy mountains in the distance. Come prepared to take loads of photographs of this wonderful view. Nearby Twizel is a pleasant place with some very good restaurants and friendly people. There is more to explore here than you would at first think, and it is a good location for visiting Mount Cook (better weather than up in the Mount Cook village for a start!). If we can visit New Zealand again, we will be back, and hopefully stay longer!

  • Stayed February 2011, 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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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2011

Twizel is only on the road of...the glacier, between queenstown and christchurch,....Not really other interest to stay there except the nature and..the matuka lodge. Superb accomodation , tastefuly decorated, in the middle of an ocean of tranquility. The place to be to stay in confort in the middle of the poweful nature and not far of your feelings of wellbeing. Matuka leave your problem far along the road. Your hosts are perfect, the breakfast too. Definitel if you have to going somewhere there (and yhe mt cook is not far) we are matuka lodge

  • Stayed March 2011, 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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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2011

Set in the spectacular countryside around Twizel with views to the Mount Cook range Matuka lodge offers extremely well appointed accommodation in private suites all with views over a small trout pond. Russell and Rosalie make you feel at home and provide wonderful breakfasts and evening drinks when you can meet other guests and share your days experiences. For the flyfisher Russell has a wealth of knowledge about the local rivers and will guide you to some of the best fishing in the area. Twizel has a selction of restaurants for evening meals and the lodge is situated within an easy drive of Mount Cook and the lakes for those that want to explore.

  • Stayed November 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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Bangalore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2011

We stayed here for 1 night on our journey to Queenstown from Mount Cook. Good rooms and great views...and a man made lake outside the room although i couldnt spot any fishes in it :(.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2011

We spent 3 weeks in November 2010 touring the North and South Islands and we can wholeheartedly recommend Matuka Lodge. The 3 nights we spent here were the most expensive of our trip but were well worth it. When booking we chose Matuka Lodge as we wanted somewhere to relax after a hectic 2 week tour and looked forward to some exhilarating walks in the area – and we were not disappointed. Rosalie and Russell were extremely helpful and welcoming. The breakfasts were superb, the bedroom and bathroom both beautifully appointed (with amazing views even in the rain) and there were additional touches that we appreciated: it is the first time anyone has cleaned our car windscreen whilst we had our breakfast – thank you Russell- and Rosalie appeared with a large umbrella to keep us dry when we arrived in heavy rain. We won’t hesitate to recommend it to friends and hope to return one day when the weather is warmer so that we can sit outside and relax.

  • Stayed November 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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Armidale, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2011

I recommend a Matuka Lodge holiday for all world weary travellers.A superb location with excellent accommodation. One can spend hours in quiet contemplation gazing at snow capped mountains and glorious scenery.
The hosts are extremely delightful and enhance the whole experience with their good humour and charm.

  • Stayed April 2010, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2010

We stayed here for 2 nights. It was the most expensive place we stayed in on our 3 week honeymoon of NZ and so we had very high expectations. We were not disappointed and felt that it was worth the additional cost. The property is stunning with a beautiful setting by its own lake and view to the mountains beyond. Rosalie and Russell are wonderful hosts - it was great to chat with them over pre-dinner drinks before we went to dinner at restaurants recommended by Rosalie. The bedroom was stunning with a beautiful bathroom. Having the flexibility to use the lounge and have a drink in the evening was really appreciated. Breakfasts were gorgeous - I really recommend the local smoked salmon. The only caution I have is to be careful with your key - we came very close to locking ourselves out because once the door shuts it locks - a bit dangerous! I wish we had more time to spend here - it was the best property we stayed in during our entire 3 week trip!

  • Stayed December 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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Address: 395 Glen Lyon Road, Twizel 7944, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Mackenzie District > Twizel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Twizel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Matuka Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover the magic of Matuka Lodge, situated in a tranquil rural setting, 3km from Twizel, gateway to Mt Cook National Park, halfway between Christchurch and Queenstown. Choose from one of our four luxurious king rooms, each with a stunning mountain view, and enjoy 5 star comfort in a casually elegant atmosphere. An exceptional experience awaits you at Matuka Lodge. ... more   less 
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