Matakauri Lodge

  • Photo by Miz Watanabe
    Photo by Miz Watanabe
  • Photo by Miz Watanabe
    Photo by Miz Watanabe
  • Photo by Miz Watanabe
  • Photo by Miz Watanabe
  • Sue Wallace

American hedge fund billionaire Julian Robertson Jr. searched for years for a property on New Zealand’s South Island to complement the pair of resorts he owns on the country’s North Island. Last year, he and his son Jay, who manages the family’s hotels, completed the mission with the acquisition of Matakauri Lodge.

The property, which the Robertsons reopened this August after an extensive renovation, marks a departure for the family, whose Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs resorts revolve around dramatic coastal golf courses. Matakauri comprises just 11 guest rooms and a main lodge, although its location—on the stunning Lake Wakatipu, with views of the aptly named Remarkables mountains—provides plenty of drama.

The setting in New Zealand’s adventure capital of Queenstown also ensures an abundance of recreational pursuits, from skiing and bungee jumping to helicopter tours. (Several of South Island’s best golf courses are also nearby.) Guests retire to spacious suites—reinvented by Kauri Cliffs designer Virginia Fisher—with private terraces, separate living areas, open fireplaces, and patios with front-row seats on the lake. Matakauri Lodge, +64.3.441.1008, www.matakaurilodge.com

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