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Discover True Luxury Beneath the Southern Alps


Witness the staggering beauty of the Southern Alps, Lake Pukaki and the Twizel area.

Explore the wonders of the World Heritage listed Mt Cook National Park. But you know what? Nothing beats just sitting back and taking in the view of the Southern Alps from your north-facing deck. Whatever your taste in activities, one thing we can guarantee: you won’t want to leave.


Luxury Lodge Accommodation

Spend a night or two of luxury with us at Matuka Lodge; witness the staggering beauty of the Southern Alps, Lake Pukaki and the Twizel area.


Beautiful Location

Matuka Lodge Lake Pukaki accommodation is set in secluded surroundings only 3.5 kilometres from the lifestyle town of Twizel, gateway to Mount Cook National Park. Conveniently placed on the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail route and by road almost exactly half way between Christchurch and Queenstown.

About Us

We are a 5 star rated accommodation in the Mackenzie Basin, on arrival you will be greeted by owners and hosts, Peter and Jo Johnstone.

The meaning of the name “Matuka Lodge” comes from the large and elegant Bittern a wading bird once common in the area, also known as the Matuku by the Maori. The feathers were used to create the fishing fly called Matuka.


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"Completely breathtaking with the most wonderful hosts. I have a background in hotel management with the Hyatt, and both myself and my partner are used to travelling a lot and staying in luxury accommodation... yet this lodge has completely surpassed our expectations, with its stunning views and luxurious accommodation. The hosts are warm and welcoming, they go the extra mile and nothing is too much trouble. The lodge has all the amenities you could wish for; the attention to detail is incredible from the complimentary food to the after-dinner liqueurs and gorgeous fire we did not want to leave!. If it's an experience that is beyond special then this is the place - Matuka lodge you have our heart!" Read less Date of stay: April 2021 Room Tip: All the rooms are beautiful
Samantha M 2021