When you’re born into a family that is synonymous with elegance and style, you’re pretty much a shoe-in on the perfection scale and New Zealand’s newest jewel, Matakauri Lodge, is no exception. This latest acquisition by the Robertson family of award-winning Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers fame is set on the South Island, and complements the portfolio beautifully.

This luxury alpine-style private retreat is set on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, just minutes from Queensland but feels miles away from just about everything. 11 luxurious suites and villas, all bearing the signature crisp, fresh style of celebrated designer Virginia Fisher are complete with sleek amenities, open fireplaces, grand-scale windows, and private terraces proffering spectacular lake and mountain views.

The cuisine- superb. The spa- blissful. The vibe- serene. The activities- endless…from horseback riding to trout fishing, day trips to nearby wineries to hiking, white water rafting to paragliding just to name a few. Best of all, it’s just a few days old…so it’s the ideal time to come across and be one of the first to visit this spectacular hideaway.

EXPLORATEUR EXCLUSIVE- Book a stay and receive pre-dinner drinks with hors d’oeuvres, seasonal gourmet dinner, full breakfast, complimentary mini-bar including domestic beers, and a bottle of New Zealand wine en-suite upon arrival- for travel by 31 Oct 2010. Click HERE for more information and as always, be sure & tell ‘em The Explorateur sent you!