I have no socks on. I know, I know, it’s cold and Spring didn’t get the memo but I have had my socks literally knocked off for breakfast. I was up early on a Wednesday, which is unusual for me as I’m not an early riser, but there was a breakfast to be had and not just any breakfast. Introducing Matakauri Lodge.
I settle quickly into luxury (and fall out of it really fast too) so when I was invited to sample a early morning breakfast at one of the places I’d dreamed of going for a long long time I set my alarm half an hour earlier so I didn’t oversleep, pulled on my largest trousers (to get most effect) and trundled off down the road towards Glenorchy.
Matakauri Lodge is an idyllic hideaway set just off the Glenorchy Road, about 10 minutes drive out of Queenstown CBD. Now, I’m a massive fan of breakfast but I wanted something a bit special on a Wednesday and I wanted to show you what to expect aswell. I’d heard rumours that you could have breakfast at the lodge for a while without staying there (my bank manager would definitely be very mad if I did that) and so when the opportunity came up I was there with bells on.
A not-so-typical Wednesday morning we were met by a lovely man from the lodge who ushered us into delicate tones of rustic oranges and reds and asked us the all important question “tea or coffee?”.
I’ll admit I didn’t know what to expect. Pomp and circumstance? Over the top opulence? What I did get was a gorgeous continental breakfast followed by a lovely hot menu, hushed background music to wake up the sense and a view to absolutely die for.
The cloud unfortunately made a massive appearance that day and mountains were covered up, but to see Lake Wakatipu from such a different view made my day. After ten years in this delightful town I thought I’d seen it from all angles. I had to think again. There’s such a sense of calm here that I could get used to. A completely different way of waking up and getting ready for the day.
After breakfast Stephen (manager) then took us on a tour of the whole site. Dwellings wrapped up in native bush with just enough privacy to feel as though you were all alone in the forest, but just a stone’s throw away from the main building incase you needed a new toothbrush or butler or someone to make you a proper cup of tea. 12 luxurious guests rooms and suites , 8 on the edges and 4 within the lodge. Spare $16,000 anyone. It’s yours for a steal.
Gym, Spa and massage rooms with infinity pool. Bikes to hire, deck for lounging or cocktails on the edge of the lake. Anything you could ask for. And absolutely not a hint of snobbery. Not one.
As a local (I am calling myself that, it’s my blog) I often look for something a little bit different and this is such a treat. You can experience some luxury and then take the drive back to Queenstown and come back down to earth.
I had such a lovely time and everyone was so kind, welcoming non-residents to come and have some quiet time for a while with a lovely meal right there. Bookings essential for breakfast and dinner.