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Villa Puaka

Stay in Comfort and Elegance

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.

The Bedrooms

The villa contains two large bedrooms designed in the style of a European farmhouse, with thick 600mm walls, high wood ceilings, Italian sandstone flooring, leadlight windows and double glazing. The bedrooms are located at opposite ends of the villa and linked with a central drawing room. The villa can sleep up to 4 people.

The bedrooms are decorated in soft Tuscan white with neutral velvet and linens and good quality bedding. Restful and light-filled, the bedrooms are romantically elegant. 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 panoramic views over the turquoise blue waters of Lake Pukaki to Aoraki Mount Cook himself. The super king beds can be reconfigured into two king single beds for twin share.

The Bathrooms

Each bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom designed in Edwardian style with tiled walls and floors. To add to the sense of elegance, the bathrooms are fitted out with exclusive Perrin and Rowe tapware produced by English craftsmen with a passion for authentic design, quality and durability. Enjoy a relaxing shower under rain and handheld showersheads with views toward Lake Pukaki and Aoraki Mount Cook.

Central Spaces

A beautiful open plan drawing room connects the two bedrooms. Featuring a high ceiling, an open fireplace, polished wood dining table, deep comfortable leather furnishings and antique furniture, with original images by New Zealand artists decorating the walls. The french doors at one end of the drawing room open out to the patio, with an outdoor seating and dining area featuring uninterrupted views of Lake Pukaki and Aoraki / Mount Cook.

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  • 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

Additional Options

  • Onsite astronomical observatory and wine cellar experience
  • Onsite cooking demonstrations by arrangement
  • Onsite wellness and massage treatments available by arrangement and subject to availability
  • Laundry service
  • Local tours and packages by arrangement


  • Luxury accommodation
  • Complimentary bottle of New Zealand wine on arrival, selected from our curated wine cellar
  • Gourmet breakfast provisions delivered daily
  • Three-course meal each day, prepared by our private chef
  • Free wireless internet access
  • Free use of the estate’s tennis court, petanque, croquet, and curling rink (in winter)
  • Bathroom amenities
  • Bicycles for use on cycle trails (by arrangement)
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Free onsite parking
  • Daily servicing of your villa
  • Minimum 2 night booking
Utterly Memorable
Treat yourself to two nights in this fabulous retreat overlooking the beautiful azure waters of Lake Pukaki. We stayed in the Moraine Villas overlooking the tawny landscape of the Mackenzie country and beyond to the Ben Ohau Range. We were met by lodge manager Anna and shown to our villa to unwind and relax. It was so spacious with a stunning one way window from the shower looking out to the countryside. And even better, there’s a delicious spa pool filled with artesian water, and just the most relaxing place to dip into, maybe with a glass of bubbles which, by the way, is complimentary. So much is included from the nibbles platter, the bubbly, a 2 course dinner and breakfast provisions. A decanter of scotch and gin. …..everything is here. You can trek over the property to the tennis court and view beautiful Lake Pukaki and beyond to Aoraki Mt Cook. If you want this view next time you stay then choose the Ashley Mackenzie Villa. We plan to go back soo to relax and rejuvenate as the Ashley Mackenzie Villa comes with its own private sauna, massage room, small gym and a fabulous wooden hot tub overlooking the lake. And then there is the star gazing. This retreat has its own private observatory – we booked for a stargazing experience and were wowed at the stunning galaxies. You’re right in the heart of the Aoraki International Dark Skies reserve here. No light pollution
Susan R Wellington, New Zealand
Susan R