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Where to Find Five-Star Accommodation in Aoraki Mt Cook

The Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, Te Waipounau World Heritage Area and Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve is a pretty special place to visit. Give it the quality it deserves by staying in one of the sumptuous luxury accommodations in the area. From an iconic hotel standing almost as majestically as Aoraki Mt Cook itself to private luxury villas with their own day spas, the offering of luxury accommodations in Mt Cook might be limited but each one has its own unique charms. Plan your premium stay in Mt Cook and nearby with this list of five-star accommodations in Aoraki Mt Cook.

For more travel advice, take a look at The Luxury Guide to Mt Cook and the 10 Best Luxury Experiences in Mt Cook.

1. The Hermitage Hotel Mt Cook

An icon of Mt Cook and an integral part of the national park’s history, The Hermitage Hotel is your premium hotel experience in Mt Cook Village. Not only does this grand complex offer an array of its own dining options and activities, including the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and Big Sky Stargazing, but it has a range of modern hotel rooms. Choose from various grades of king, queen and double queen rooms, all featuring large windows to soak in the scenery. Some of the luxury features include an in-room coffee machine, a telescope to make the most of the Dark Sky Reserve and some even come with a private balcony. See more hotel-style accommodations in the 5 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Mt Cook.

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2. Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat

Enjoy all the homely amenities, and then some, in one of the luxury villas of Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat. Set among the forest, nestled between Lake Pukaki and the Ben Ohau Range, this luxury accommodation has three gorgeous villas. The two “Moraine Villas” radiate charm with their European farmhouse design where just one of the endearing qualities is the Edwardian-style tiled bathroom with a glass wall, allowing you to bask in the views while you shower! Alternatively, the “Ashley Mackenzie Villa” features a private day spa with a hot tub, sauna, fitness room and massage room. The accommodation offers a unique stargazing experience in their Pukaki Wine Cellar Observatory, as well as wellness programs and cooking demonstrations. With its villas suitable for families, we also list this one in the 8 Best Family Accommodations in Mt Cook.

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5 Best Luxury Accommodation in Mt Cook© Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat

3. Lakestone Lodge

Where can you gaze at the views of Aoraki Mt Cook across the fluorescent blue waters of Lake Pukaki while soaking in a bath or enjoying a glass of fine local wine on your private patio? Lakestone Lodge is the answer! This retreat features six guest rooms in its boutique lodge, as well as two self-contained apartments. Rooms are modernly appointed with luxury super-king beds and walls adorned in local art. Indulge in a massage in the therapy room, enjoy fine local cuisine in the restaurant, and join the lodge for its high country tour by day and stargazing experience by night. See more couple-centric stays like this in the 5 Best Romantic Accommodations in Mt Cook.

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5 Best Luxury Accommodation in Mt Cook© Lakestone Lodge

4. Matuka Luxury Lodge (Twizel)

Experience pure serenity from one of the luxurious guest rooms of the Matuka Luxury Lodge, where a beautiful pond and mountain views extend from your bedroom window. Based in Twizel near Lake Pukaki, the luxury boutique lodge boasts an inviting atmosphere with its mix of antique and contemporary furniture and original artworks. Stay in either one of the “King” or “Super King” rooms, which include an indulgent full-cooked breakfast each morning, access to a library and cosy TV room, and magnificent scenery all the way around the building. While you’re in the area, don’t miss the 6 Best Things to Do in Twizel.

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5 Best Luxury Accommodation in Mt Cook© Matuka Luxury Lodge

5. SkyScape (Twizel)

Innovatively designed to capture all the beauty of Twizel and the Mackenzie Country, as well as the night sky of an International Dark Sky Reserve, SkyScape offers something unique. Perched on the foothills of the Southern Alps, this holiday home is almost entirely made of glass, but that’s not all. The stay-for-two also boasts a luxury cedar hot tub outside giving you more ways to bask in the scenery. The self-contained accommodation has a kitchenette should you want to make your own meals. Otherwise, evening meals are available on request.

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More Luxury Accommodations in Mt Cook

That’s it for our list of the best luxury accommodations in Mt Cook, but it’s by no means the end of our expert travel advice! Check out these articles for more inspiration for your trip:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Luxury Guide to Mt Cook.


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About The Author

Laura S.

This article has been reviewed and published by Laura, the editor-in-chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Laura is a first-class honours journalism graduate and a travel journalist with expertise in New Zealand and South Pacific tourism for over 10 years. She also runs travel guides for five of the top destinations in the South Pacific and is the co-host of over 250 episodes of the NZ Travel Show on YouTube.

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