Wow what a find! Matakauri is a beautiful little lodge with a front row seat view of the serene Wakatipu lake & the Remarkables Mountain range. Arrived on a nice warm sunny afternoon with the sapphire blue and turquoise lake shimmering like gemstones, and left on a cooler morning but with spectacular snow capped mountains! I liked the Farm at Cape Kidnappers & Kauri Cliffs but I immediately fell in love with this place! my room also had an amazing view of the lake and as soon as I saw the place decided it would be very difficult to leave the lodge, ever. Got to watch beautiful sunrises and sunsets, enjoy the best tasting menus, work out at the gym while enjoying the jaw dropping views....everything was just so perfect here....
Fortunately the hotel is just a short drive to all the attractions of Queenstown, I liked Arrowtown that felt frozen in time, the quintessentially Queenstown bungee jump, horse trekking through LOTR landscape around Moke Lake. Unfortunately the Milford Sound Flight was cancelled due to weather conditions but heh, I do need an excuse to come back to Matakauri.
The staff here were hospitable and service here was excellent: I left the room safe opened one night prior to dinner, left an envelope of NZD on the desk another day, and both times not a dime went missing! Sent my jeans to the laundry and they even fixed a (belt loop) tear on my beloved jeans proactively. On my last day ordered my soy latte and decided to pop back in my room to pick up something, the staff showed up outside my room with my coffee to see if I decided to eat in my room instead....
In sum, my favorite of the three tiger lodges.
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- Also Known As:
- Matakauri Hotel Queenstown