5 Best Romantic Accommodation in Mt Cook
5 Best Romantic Accommodation in Mt Cook

5 Best Romantic Accommodation in Mt Cook

© Mt Cook Lodge and Motel

The Most Romantic Accommodation in Aoraki Mt Cook

If there were ever a place to treat yourselves while enjoying a couples’ escape around New Zealand, this would be it. Stay in endearing accommodations that lap up the dramatic alpine scenery of snowcapped mountains, glaciers, braided rivers and vibrant lakes. From luxury boutique lodges to more affordable studios to lavish hotel rooms in a building as grand as Aoraki Mt Cook itself, couples have some spectacular accommodation options. Check them out in this list of romantic accommodation in Mt Cook.

For more trip-planning advice, check out The Honeymoon Guide to Mt Cook and the 9 Romantic Activities in Mt Cook for Couples.

1. Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat

An idyllic retreat for a honeymoon, anniversary or to simply treat yourselves, Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat sits nestled between Lake Pukaki and the Ben Ohau Range. This luxury accommodation along the road to Mt Cook has three gorgeous villas. The two “Moraine Villas” ooze in 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. Learn more in the 9 Romantic Activities in Mt Cook for Couples.

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

2. The Hermitage Hotel Mt Cook

Stay in the heart of Mt Cook Village at an integral part of the national park’s history, The Hermitage Hotel. This 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 ideal for couples. Choose from various grades of king and queen rooms, all featuring large windows to soak in the scenery, while some also feature a balcony and telescope to make the most of the Dark Sky Reserve.

Check The Hermitage Hotel out:

5 Best Romantic Accommodation in Mt Cook© The Hermitage Hotel Mt Cook

3. Mt Cook Lodge and Motel

Run by The Hermitage Hotel, the Mt Cook Lodge and Motel offers high-quality lodge and motel rooms at a slightly more affordable price than the hotel. Enjoy a stay in one of their modern ensuite lodge rooms, either with a valley view or a hillside view (the latter is the cheapest). Alternatively, stay in one of the studio motel rooms, fresh and colourfully decorated with large windows to soak in the light and scenery. Enjoy a quiet night in with a kitchenette (including an oven), lounge and dining area included or you can head to the bustling on-site Chamois Bar & Grill.

Check Mt Cook Lodge and Motel out:

5 Best Romantic Accommodation in Mt Cook© Mt Cook Lodge and Motel

4. Aoraki Court Motel

Speaking of quiet nights in, bring your own supplies and stay in one of the well-appointed studio rooms of the Aoraki Court Motel. Almost all units here have awe-inspiring mountain views, which make an exceptional backdrop to a romantic meal prepared in the unit’s modern kitchen. You can even enjoy a bit of pampering in the spa bath of the spa studios. Otherwise, the shower ensuite studios are more budget-friendly. Check out more like this in the 5 Best Motels in Mt Cook.

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5 Best Romantic Accommodation in Mt Cook© Aoraki Court Motel

5. Lakestone Lodge

Another luxury retreat away from the village, in its own blissful corner of Lake Pukaki with Aoraki Mt Cook views, Lakestone Lodge is well worth considering for a special occasion. The adult-only boutique lodge sets the tone for romance. Lodge rooms are modernly appointed with luxury super-king beds and walls adorned in local art. Alternatively, you can stay in one of the two apartments with their own kitchen or dine with other guests in the dining room. Indulge in a massage in the Therapy Room or join the lodge for its high country tour by day and stargazing experience by night.

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5 Best Romantic Accommodation in Mt Cook© Lakestone Lodge


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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