• Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat

Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat

  • 86 Mt Cook Road, Lake Pukaki
  • 0274 370 820

After a busy corporate life in Wellington (New Zealand's capital city), we wanted to get closer to the land and simplify our lives. Our dream to create a retreat that we could enjoy with our family and friends. A long search took us to the Mackenzie Basin where, in 2010, we fell in love with this piece of paradise. With clear air, plenty of land to produce our own food, pure artesian water and magnificent views we chose this location to build our dream. It took us 18 months to gain approval to build on this special site and in November 2011 we began to lay the foundations for Pukaki Homestead. What is now the Garden Shed was our kitchen, dining and living room and we constructed an outside toilet, bath and shower. Living in true pioneering spirit for 8 months, we set about crafting Pukaki Homestead and clearing trees in order to landscape the environment. With no water onsite and very little rainfall, we needed to secure a good artesian water supply