The Greenwood Guide to New Zealand

Matuka Lodge

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Please note that this guide was last updated a few years ago (2009), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Rosalie and Russell Smith
395 Glen Lyon Rd, Twizel, Canterbury

Tel: + 64 (0)3-435-0144
Cell: + 64 (0)27-426-1213
No fax number available

As I crested a hill all that lay before me - the strange turquoise surfaces of Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo and the magnificence of Mt Cook - radiated an ethereal, almost surreal beauty as they shimmered in the pure sunshine. I had to stop and stare for quite some time.....

.... Eventually, following the blue canals, I made my way to Matuka Lodge, which imitates the iconic Kiwi shed with corrugated iron protecting its symmetrical shoulders, and revels in its own private slice of this extraordinary landscape. Rosalie welcomed me in and before long I was sitting down to a hot cuppa in the lounge, making appreciative mental notes of all the eye-arresting original art works gathered by the Smiths during their years in South Africa and Australia. This place is a real home and I felt very welcome. The den’s bookshelf spills over with paperbacks and the kitchen has a variety of gourmet teas, good coffee and wines and beers whenever you want them. The restful suites all pay due homage to the wondrous views, particularly the premiere rooms where you can watch, from the luxury of a double spa bath, the preternatural colours of the landscape slowly kaleidoscope one to another as the sun heads west. Nearer to home the rooms look out onto a trout- and lily-filled lake. Rosalie assures me that the trout glide undisturbed by line or lure, even though Russell is a passionate fly-fisherman. Instead he heads for other local rivers in this gateway to Mount Cook, surely one of the most spectacular gateways to anywhere on earth. Matuka Lodge fits right in.

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Symbols: No Smoking    Off-street Parking    Good Hiking or Walking    Fishing    Wifi Available    
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Rooms: 4: 2 kings with en/s shower; 2 superking/twins with en/s shower and spa bath.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full breakfast and complimentary pre-dinner drink included. Happy to recommend restaurants.
Directions: From north: 8km after turn-off to Aoraki/Mt Cook, cross the Twizel River and take next right, Glen Lyon Road. From south: 30km after Omarama, pass both Twizel turn-offs, take the next left, Glen Lyon Road. 4km from highway turn left into Old Station Road. Matuka Lodge is on your left.

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