Matakauri Lodge

Matakauri Lodge

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569 Glenorchy Rd., Queenstown,

Queenstown runs on adrenaline: the birthplace of bungee jumping also offers skydiving, jet boating, and killer downhill slopes. Matakauri Lodge & Spa is just an eight-minute drive from the action, but feels a world away, set among cabbage trees and Douglas firs. All of the 11 suites have simple, stylish schist-and-wood interiors and views of Lake Wakatipu. At the just-opened spa, finish a day of heart-pounding adventure with a body wrap made from natural ingredients like kiwifruit and manuka honey, or go for a soak in the cedar Japanese-style hot tub. Dinner at the lodge is cooked by head chef Dale Gartland, who uses exquisitely fresh local produce: green-lipped mussels; Southland beef; organic vegetables.

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