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“A superb base for fly fishing some of the best rivers in South Island”
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Matuka Lodge
Ranked #1 of 6 Twizel B&B and Inns
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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“A superb base for fly fishing some of the best rivers in South Island”
Reviewed 17 February 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, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 January 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, travelled as a couple
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 January 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, travelled as a couple
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Armidale, Australia
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Reviewed 2 January 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, travelled solo
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 December 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, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 22 November 2010

I can't think of a better place to stay to restore one's sense of peace and serenity. The suites and shared sitting areas are delightful with every comfort taken care, nothing was too much trouble. The quiet, serene atmosphere soothed my soul and I wished I could have stayed much, much longer. I particularly loved the private terrace where I sat and enjoyed seeing the ducks swimming in the dam. In the morning I watched the sun come up with a quiet cup of tea in bed, and at the end of the day, watched the sun set, sipping a lovely glass of wine. Perfect!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 16 November 2010

I returned to Matuka Lodge because of its uniqueness. The setting is superb, with 360 degree views of snow-capped peaks and it's a short drive to Mt Cook. The accommodation is luxurious with every desired comfort including spa baths in each suite. The breakfasts are excellent and there are first class restaurants in nearby Twisel. Being halfway between Queenstown and Christchurch makes Matuka Lodge the perfect point to stopover. The hosts are delightful: friendly, helpful and interesting. Anyone looking for beauty and tranquility should go to this ideal spot!

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Matuka Lodge
Address: 395 Glen Lyon Road, Twizel 7944, New Zealand
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Region: 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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