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The Story of The Retreat, Now On Your Favourite Audio Platform

Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat is pleased to debut our new podcast series!

This four-episode series shares the story of Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat from its beginnings as a wild, undeveloped property, through its transformation into an elegant estate offering luxury accommodation, fine cuisine, health and wellness, and more.

Your hosts, Kaye and Luke Paardekooper, share their personal journey to the Retreat, as well as the experiences of guests they’ve hosted over the years. Enjoy stories of the amazing history, natural features, activities, and people that have made Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat the truly remarkable place it is today.

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Stream our podcast in your favourite listening app by searching “Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat” or use the links below.


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Episode 1: Journeys

This episode is the story of a journey.

It’s the journey of the natural forces that shaped an extraordinary landscape within New Zealand. It’s the journey of the couple whose vision and drive built a place of luxury in the wilderness near Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. It’s also the journey of the travellers that come to this place to rest, reconnect, explore the region, or indulge in the quiet and choose to simply be.

Haere mai – welcome – on the journey to Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat.

Episode 2: Exploration

In this episode, discover some of the amazing experiences available at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat, New Zealand.

We begin with stargazing in a private observatory in the world-famous Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.

We also explore glaciers, hiking trails, helicopter flights, kayaking, boating, fishing, cycling and more. Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, Lake Tekapo, the Mackenzie Region and the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail are on the Retreat’s doorstep.

Episode 3: Nourishment

This episode is about nourishment. Nourishment of the body, through pure water, and good food. But also, nourishment of the mind, and spirit.

Join us as we explore the nourishment offered to guests of Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat through fine cuisine and wellness therapies, all inspired by the pristine natural environment surrounding the estate.

Episode 4: Gatherings

This episode is the story of Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat as a gathering place.

We share how the owners’ vision has evolved, and expanded, over the years, and the many ways they welcome people to come together and enjoy time in this beautiful part of New Zealand – from weddings and celebrations to peaceful, private escapes.


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Rain or shine, it’s stunning. You can’t go wrong with this place. Luke and Kaye have spent a lot of time putting it together with love, care, and complete respect of their environment. You can feel their attention to every detail as soon as you walk through the door. The place is gorgeous, the energy serene, even the dogs are good company! We enjoyed the proximity to Mt Cook, the walks in the area, the delicious food, the majestic beauty of the place, the night skies, and above all the silence and privacy. I spent several hours just watching the colours of the sky and nature at different times of the day…and “stargazing 101” through Luke’s telescope was a wonderful experience too, on a very clear night. Thanks again to both of you for one of the most relaxing stays we’ve ever had.

Valerie F. Singapore
Valerie F.