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New Luxury Lodge Opens in NZ

24 August 2010

Described as a lakeside retreat, Matakauri Lodge near Queenstown will soon be unveiled at the end of the month.  The lodge sits in a dramatic sub-alpine landscape, fringed by forest to one side and the waters of Lake Wakatipu on the other.  With sweeping views across the lake to the rugged peaks of the Remarkables range, it's wilderness location is only 10km from the South Island resort town of Queenstown.

The surrounding region is renowned for its premium wine and food and is also New Zealand’s premier winter sports destination, and popular summertime holiday spot for golfing, water sports and adrenalin adventures.

Matakauri Lodge, originally built in 2000, was New Zealand’s first organic spa, and was named in Tatler’s 2008 'Top 101 Hotels of the World'.  Constructed in a contemporary New Zealand design, the strong simple forms of the lodge have been designed to minimise the visual impact on the landscape and maximise views of the natural location.

The lodge has accommodation in 11 luxurious suites, plus a stylish and spacious main lodge. Three guest suites are located in the main lodge, and eight more in private cottages nestled in native forest and overlooking the lake.  Each suite has a private porch, bedroom with sitting area and open fireplace, walk-in wardrobe and bathroom.

The lodge offers a crisp full-service luxury spa, fitness centre, outdoor infinity swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and walking trails. While the Matakauri property does not have onsite golf facilities, Queenstown offers several high end golf courses.

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