Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat - Villa Puaka
Villa Puaka

Introducing Villa Puaka, our newest offering at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat, with views to rival any luxury accommodation in the world.

Villa Puaka is sited on the ridge above Lake Pukaki, not far from Ashley Mackenzie Villa and finished to the same elegant standard as its sister villa.

We have called this villa “Puaka,” the South Island variation of the Maori name “Puanga,” which is the seventh brightest star in the sky and seen above Tautoru (Orion’s Belt) in the eastern sky in early morning.

Villa Puaka is situated in a dramatic spot overlooking the spectacular blue waters of Lake Pukaki and the snowy peaks of Aoraki Mount Cook and the Southern Alps.

Even in New Zealand, with its natural marvels and legendary beauty, Aoraki Mount Cook stands apart. The mountain and its region hold deep spiritual meaning for all New Zealanders. There is simply no other place like it.

We felt the special wonder of the place from the moment we selected the site for our Retreat, and it’s infused every experience we share with our guests. The warm, comfortable elegance of our private luxury villas, with their inspiring views and plush finishings. The restorative relaxation of our wellness treatments, and the nourishing cuisine prepared by our chef with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients.

Here, you can rest and reconnect. Look into the universe with a private stargazing experience in our wine cellar observatory, or find peace on a walk in the purity of nature.

Restful and light filled, the bedrooms are romantically elegant and decorated in soft Tuscan white with neutral velvet and linens and luxurious bedding. Leadlight double-glazed french doors and windows frame the magnificent views from these rooms. The french doors open out onto the patio and lawn and one of New Zealand’s most iconic and spectacular views over Lake Pukaki to Aoraki Mount Cook. Each bedroom’s super king bed can be reconfigured into two king single beds for twin share.

Here, your time is your own. Explore the Aoraki Mount Cook and Lake Tekapo region and try a new adventure, or indulge in the quiet and choose to simply be.

Luxury accommodation in an elegant 165-square-meter private villa/Lake view over Lake Pukaki to Aoraki Mount Cook/The villa contains two bedrooms, each with its own large ensuite bathroom/Bathroom amenities including hairdryer, spa/bath robe and slippers/A large central drawing room with an open fireplace connects the two bedrooms/The villa features an outdoor hot tub, perfect for soaking under the beautiful stars of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve/The villa is elegantly finished with natural wood timbers and soft Italian sandstone flooring, and decorated with luxurious furnishings/The villa is warmed by an open fireplace and central heating/Guests enjoy free access to the Retreat’s private forest walkways and tennis court
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