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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

It’s a must. The place is sweet, clean and decorated with good taste. Rooms are all turned to the lake, very close by. This gives you a remarkable view on mount cook, far away behind the blue lake.
The staff is extremely nice and helpful, and would go the extra mile to make our stay even more enjoyable.
The food is excellent. Diners are served with a unique menu (which often comes along with quality), and the chef makes a tremendous effort.

Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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AnnaBacchus, Owner at Lakestone Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2018

Thanks Elie951 so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and had a chance to sample the food while you were here.

Anna & Mike Bacchus
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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

Absolutely loved my stay at Lakestone Lodge. It’s about 45 minutes drive from Mt. Cook Village and the stunning sights the surround it. Located right on the state highway across the road from Lake Pukaki, the lodge does not appear to be more than a home on a hill. However, it is an absolutely luxurious accommodation with an extremely personal touch. The owners and staff are extremely attentive and welcoming. The food is amazing with beautiful presentation. And if you have the chance, do the stargazing tour with owner Mike. It’s an experience not to be missed.

Stayed: March 2018, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

We stayed here for 3 nights in January. The views are breathtaking and as a base for the Mt Cook area (ie not at Mt Cook itself), it cannot be beaten. There are only 6 suites so you need to book early. You need to eat in each night (distance to towns 10-15km away) and what a joy it is as the food is complemented by good local wines and the opportunity to catch up with other guests either over dinner and at the firepit outside. The presence of the view to Mt Cook 50km away across Lake Pukaki dominates the landscape and indeed one's emotions - it is a truly beautiful sight.

Anna and Mike are great hosts and Mike's star gazing walks are wonderfully complemented by hammocks to lay back and look at the stars. Starting time depends on sunset and so in summer expect an 11pm start! You can return from the walk and then spend the rest of the evening gazing at the stars from your grassy courtyard if you wish. It is across his same courtyard that you gaze at those Mt Cook views each morning when you wake.

You need a car here to take advantage of the Mt Cook area and we happily spent 2 days tramping around and doing a 4WD tour of one of the glaciers which was great fun.

Highly recommended - we will return.

Room Tip: all rooms have the same great view
  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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AnnaBacchus, Owner at Lakestone Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2018

Thanks TJA55. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and good advice to people that they will need a car to visit this area! We are 10mins out of town and there is so much to see in the area but to really enjoy it you do need a vehicle as there is limited public transport.
We hope to see you back here in future!

Kind regards,

Anna & Mike
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Our room was spotless and modern. The bathroom had a beautiful new soaking tub. The view of Mt Cook was breathtaking. The breakfasts were gourmet. Could not have been better. While there wasn't a tv in our room there was a large and comfortable tv lounging room.

  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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AnnaBacchus, Owner at Lakestone Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2018

Thank you LCCcharlotte. We did debate for a long time over whether to put tvs in the guest rooms and decided to leave them for relaxation and put in a proper media room for those who need it. I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay.

Anna & Mike Bacchus
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

I was tempted to rate Lakestone Lodge lower than 5 on the basis that it might become less busy, but it was perfect. From the extremely comfortable beds to the delicious food it couldn't be faulted. We enjoyed a short walk to the kettle hole up the hill behind the lodge, but otherwise spent far too much time just looking at the wonderful, ever changing view down the lake and stargazing; the Milky Way, satellites, numerous constellations and the Magellanic Clouds - never seen those before and so clearly visible. Mike was really informative, particularly on the development and construction of the eco lodge. Fascinating stuff. Having heard about the lodge from family, we intended this to be a once in a lifetime trip, but I strongly suspect that we will stay there again on our next trip to New Zealand.

Stayed: January 2018
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AnnaBacchus, Owner at Lakestone Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018

Oh SMargaret3 you had our hearts racing for a minute there. I like your tactic though! We would love to see you back in NZ again.

Anna and Mike Bacchus
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