Luxurious Mackenzie retreat to function on shuttle display


Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat features in this week’s episode of Lap of Luxury on TV1. (File photo)

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Mt Cook dinner Lakeside Retreat options on this week’s episode of Lap of Luxurious on TV1. (Document photograph)

Nearly two years after a hearth threatened to burn it down, a Mackenzie tourism trade is hitting top time this week because it options on ‘Lap of Luxurious’, a shuttle display devoted to the luxurious inns of Australasia.

Mt Cook dinner Lakeside Retreat proprietor Kay Paardekooper stated the sequence is going just a little deeper than simply the glamorous places, design and decor.

“They get in in the back of the scenes just a little bit, to take a look at the personalities and what the area has to supply.”

She stated whilst the method of filming used to be “traumatic for individuals who hadn’t achieved it sooner than”, she praised the manufacturing corporations concerned.

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“The director and photographer had been wonderful, very professional pros.”

Paardekooper stated the display will inform “just a little bit about our tale and the advance right here”.

The Mackenzie is renowned for its clear, starry night skies, something the retreat builds into its offerings. (File photo)


The Mackenzie is famend for its transparent, starry night time skies, one thing the retreat builds into its choices. (Document photograph)

“Once we purchased the valuables it used to be only a scruffy outdated block of 130 acres of wilding pines, which we’ve advanced into one thing personal, stress-free and rejuvenating, with the darkish sky above us, and natural water and the perspectives of the Mackenzie, and Aoraki and Lake Pukaki,” Paardekooper stated.

In August 2020, the retreat used to be threatened through the Lake Pukaki fireplace.

“We misplaced 5 outbuildings, however none of our major constructions.


Kaye Paardekooper runs the Mt Cook dinner Lakeside Retreat, which used to be within the trail of this week’s huge fireplace within the Mackenzie.

She stated the couple had labored arduous over the last 18 months to “get it again ship-shape.”

“Nature’s wonderful, one of the most grasses and tussocks began rejuvenating inside the week.

“We’ve rebuilt all our constructions.

“The fireplace carrier did an ideal task, I believe there have been about 18 helicopters who did an ideal task of diverting the fireplace.

The breathtaking views from Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat.

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The breathtaking perspectives from Mt Cook dinner Lakeside Retreat.

“We most certainly took about 3 steps again. We sit down on 20,000 BC glacial moraine right here, and whilst it used to be devastating to lose the bushes, it’s printed the modulations and humps and bumps of the moraine.

“As we move ahead where will glance somewhat other.”

Paardekooper stated they’re “truly taking a look ahead” to the borders reopening, with bookings expanding from a “trickle to a pleasing circulate”.

Luke and Kaye Paardekooper pictured at their property just after the fire in 2020 which destroyed five outbuildings.

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Luke and Kaye Paardekooper pictured at their belongings simply after the fireplace in 2020 which destroyed 5 outbuildings.

“After Covid, we redeveloped our marketplace to a New Zealand one, and completely liked having Kiwis coming and need them to stay coming.

“Some of the issues is Kiwis guide somewhat past due, whilst internationals guide a yr out.”

The episode will air on Tuesday, Might 17 at 8pm on TVNZ One and will probably be to be had to circulate on call for from TVNZ’s web site.



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