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Lake Wakatipu's Makaturi Lodge - where Middle Earth was born

During the last Ice Age, some 15,000 years ago, a mammoth glacier broke off from the arctic and slowly made its way north west. On it travelled, gliding through those unchartered waters until it finally reached New Zealand, carving out what is now called Lake Wakatipu.

At 84km long it is New Zealand’s third largest river. Surrounded by mountains, the region has become known for its breathtaking scenic beauty. So ethereal is the region, that Lake Wakatipu's stunning alpine backdrop has been used in a number of TV series and movies, most notably The Lord Of The Rings.

Matakauri Lodge Spa, Pool Makaturi Lodge Spa and Pool. Photo: Supplied

Matakauri Lodge Spa, Pool and Jacuzzi Makaturi Lodge Spa, Pool and Jacuzzi. Photo: Supplied

Situated right on the shoreline is the exclusive luxury Matakuri Lodge. Its location provides guests with an awe-inspiring mountain panorama. Despite its seclusion, the Matakuri Lodge is located a quick drive from Queenstown and is within easy reach of several vineyards, including the award-winning Peregrine Wines and the delightfully named Wet Jacket Wines.

For the more adventurous types, the area boasts a vast selection of ski fields and a range of outdoor activities aimed to satiate the thrill-seeker within us.

Matakauri Lodge, Lower Lounge Dining Makaturi Lodge Dining Room. Photo: Supplied

Matakauri Owner's Cottage, Lounge Makaturi Lodge Owner's Cottage Lounge. Photo: Supplied

Matakauri Lodge, Remarkables Terrace Makaturi Lodge Terrace. Photo: Supplied

From May 1 until September 30 Matakuri Lodge is giving guests the opportunity to stay for four days while only paying for three. The offer gives guests the chance to choose their accommodation giving them the option to stay at either the intimate Owner’s Cottage, or the luxurious Deluxe Suite.

As part of the offer guests will also be provided with pre-dinner drinks, canapes and a gourmet dinner each evening. For more information visit

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