Matariki Dawn Celebration and Breakfast
Celebrate Matariki rising with friends and family at the Retreat. Join us at 6am to welcome the dawn on the Retreat's lawn followed by breakfast at Moraine Lodge.


Friday 14 July 2023


6am - 8.30am


Moraine Lodge



*All prices are shown in New Zealand dollars and include GST.

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Moraine Lodge, Friday 14 July, 6am start

Celebrate Matariki rising with friends and family at the Retreat. Join us at 6am to stargaze and welcome the dawn on the Retreat’s lawn followed by breakfast at Moraine Lodge.  View the Matariki constellation through binoculars and trace the outline of Te Waka O Rangi from Matariki at the prow through to Tautoru on the stern. Dine on one some of our chefs delicious breakfast creations.


$ 45 which includes a breakfast prepared by the Retreat chefs and the dawn ceremony.

A cash / Eft Pos bar is available for beverages, freshly brewed gourmet Dilmah teas or barista coffee are available to purchase.


A valid credit card payment is required to secure all bookings.


Tickets are non-refundable but may be transferred.

If Moraine Lodge needs to cancel the event for reasons outside of its control, a full refund will be given.


Moraine Lodge is located at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat, 86 Mount Cook Road (SH80), Lake Pukaki 7999. We are just 860 metres from the SH8 and SH80 intersection.  How to get here:

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More Upcoming Events

Our upcoming events are featured below. Purchase your tickets to reserve your place, and feel free to contact us with any questions. And check back for more new events to be released throughout the year.

Mothers Day High Tea at Moraine Lodge

Mothers Day High Tea at Moraine Lodge

Event Date - Sunday 14 May 2023

Give your Mum the gift of time with family with a high tea at Moraine Lodge. Our chefs have whipped up a tasty high tea menu brimming with morsels that will delight your taste buds with traditional scones, delicate finger sandwiches, and freshly baked sweet and savoury treats innovatively crafted using flair and fresh locally sourced ingredients.

Matariki 9 Course Degustation Dinner

Matariki 9 Course Degustation Dinner

Event Date - 15 July 2023

Celebrate Matariki in the company of friends, colleagues or family over delicious kai presented as a 9 course degustation menu prepared the Retreat chefs.   Each course on the menu relates to a star within the Matariki Constellation.

Billion Star Dining

Billion Star Dining

Event Date - By Arrangement

We created the Pukaki Wine Cellar and Observatory to share the beauty of the Dark Sky Reserve with our guests through small, private gatherings in a comfortable, intimate setting. Billion Star Dining starts with a 3 course meal at Moraine Lodge followed by a stargazing experience at Pukaki Wine Cellar Observatory for groups of 4 – 12 guests.

Stargazing at Pukaki Wine Cellar Observatory

Stargazing at Pukaki Wine Cellar Observatory

Event Date - By Arrangement

Join us for a unique dark sky experience in the Pukaki Wine Cellar and Observatory. This is a fun, informative and unique experience where you will explore the universe in a small group setting with opportunities to take incredible photos of deep space objects.

Tastes of Nature Cooking Demonstration and Lunch

Tastes of Nature Cooking Demonstration and Lunch

Event Date - By Arrangement

To dine at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat is to savour the tastes of nature. Let our private chefs show you how to select, prepare and present a seasonal menu with lots of versatility to add your own elements.

Trust the Chef Dinner Reservation

Trust the Chef Dinner Reservation

Event Date - By Arrangement

We extend a warm welcome to day guests wishing to join us for a 3-course Trust the Chef culinary experience at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat.

Plan Your Celebration

If you’re searching for the perfect setting for your own celebration or special event, Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat will exceed your expectations in every way. To make your experience even more special, stay at the Retreat in our private luxury villas.

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Surprised Excellence!!  We didn’t know a thing about Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat. We were just looking for a place to stay in the area on our way from Christchurch to Queenstown and luckly found that they had a few nights available that met our travel dates. Arrived to find a privately situated lodge with a wonderful bottle of wine and snack on the kitchen table in the homiest of living rooms. The living room overlooked the deck (and Jacuzzi) onto open fields with sheep and dear meandering about. In the backdrop was a beautiful mountain range. The bedroom and bathroom were to die for. Floor to ceiling windows in the bathroom to a private view of mountains and fields. The bedroom was expansive with windows and light galore. The food was gourmet and individually prepared to meet our dietary needs by the property’s own chef. We opted to have dinner brought to our lodge. Breakfast was placed in the refrigerator the night before for us to eat at our leisure in the morning. Spectacular farm to table fare with incredible plating and presentation. The staff were warm and gracious and made every effort to inquire about our stay to make sure all our needs were met. We would HIGHLY recommend a stay and will be back if we return to New Zealand. You would be missing something really special if you are in the area and don’t drop in for a night or two or three. No hesitation to recommend this to anyone.
Andrew B