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Destination Weddings at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat New Zealand

By Equally Wed - Posted on Saturday, October 14, 2017

Imagine your wedding day set in one of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations overlooking Lake Pukaki and Aoraki Mt Cook. In what can only be described as pure paradise, this location is world renown for spectacular scenery and the unbelievably blue colour of Lake Pukaki.

If you are looking for a private hideaway that offers a discreet wedding experience, Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat is the perfect luxury destination for your special day. The Retreat is an accredited New Zealand Luxury Lodge, they cater to the most discerning guests. 

There are three main wedding spaces providing you with plenty of choice for your day.  


Ashley Mackenzie Villa is perfect for small intimate weddings of 2-4 people and the Villa is also a romantic honeymoon destination. The Villa has a private spa including hot tub, sauna, workout and massage room. The Villa is utterly luxurious and your wedding here will be an exclusive, unforgettable experience. Since we began offering this space for weddings in 2016, it has been a popular choice for elopement weddings.

For larger weddings with 20+ guests, the Lavender Lawn is naturally landscaped and has superb views of Lake Pukaki and the surrounding mountains. A truly memorable location for your special day. Wet weather options are available on the lawn. 
Or take a helicopter flight from the lawn in front of the Villa to a southern alps glacier for your ceremony or photographs, returning to the Villa to continue your wedding day celebration.


For those couples wanting to create an absolutely memorable adventure, the Retreat can arrange a luxury sport car on your arrival into Queenstown. Imagine driving to your wedding through the magnificent landscapes of Central Otago and the Mackenzie to the Retreat in a Lamborghini or Porsche!

On your wedding day, you will have your every need taken care of and the range of wedding packages at the Retreat can be personalised to your unique requirements. 

The Retreat specialises in a garden to plate cuisine bringing the tastes of nature to your wedding table and delighting your guests with delicious food from our range of wedding menus.  From funky finger food through to French farmhouse style seated dining, everything is fresh and delicious.  

They can connect you with their line-up of talented photographers or videographers who can storybook your wedding day or weekend. On the 66ha forested estate, there are many unique areas for wedding photography. 



New Zealanders are renowned for their friendly hospitality. The Kiwi owners, Kaye and Luke Paardekooper have not yet had the opportunity to host same-sex weddings, but you will be welcomed in warm kiwi style and they will attend to your wedding day needs.  ‘What is important to us is that your wedding day gives you time to celebrate with people that are close and dear to your heart and embraces of all the things that you love about life and each other.

Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat
86 Mt Cook Road (SH80)
Lake Pukaki South Canter NZ
+64 274 370 820
www.mtcookretreat.nz
www.instagram.com/mtcookretreat/