Just over a year ago we were granted the permits to begin construction on Lakestone Lodge. It has been an eventful year in an extreme environment and we have experienced the full force of the seasons in the last 12 months. The big snowfall in June saw temperatures drop to -20 degrees “This was a big challenge for us working in such cold conditions but it reinforced the decision to ensure the building was very well insulated. There were a few days there where snowboarding down the driveway in half a meter of snow was more of an attraction than building. One interesting learning curve from that experience was to find out that anti-freeze can actually freeze.
Spring brought a period of very strong winds estimated up to be 200km/hr, another good test for the building and a reminder that everything external to the building needs to be tied down well. Another tough lesson was learnt when a pallet of building materials which was weighted down with rocks was picked up by the wind and scattered over the building site and some crashed back into the building, undoing the work the builder had spent the last week doing.
The extremely hot conditions during summer ensured the grass was tinder dry and there were two separate grass fires on the same day both within 1km of the lodge. Fortunately the winds were not blowing towards the lodge and crews managed to put them out before major damage occurred but this proved a good reminder of the importance of fire breaks and fire planning. It was a good test for the new helipad but not an ideal situation.
There have definitely been some challenges and steep learning curves throughout these 12 months working in extreme conditions. Fortunately they haven’t hampered the building process too drastically and the Lodge is still on schedule to open in June this year. Luckily most the days are absolutely stunning and it makes all the challenges worthwhile.
We moved into the managers residence in December which was extremely exciting after so many years of planning. Getting to wake up on Christmas morning in our new house to see the sunrise on Aoraki Mt Cook and over Lake Pukaki, it was the ultimate Christmas present.”
Since living in the lodge it’s really the sunrises and sunsets that are the best. Normally people travel past Lake Pukaki during the day thereby missing the opportunity to experience this spectacular event. We look forward to be able to share this special time of day with our guests.
Everything is on schedule for an their first bookings in June 2016 and we are in the finishing stages of construction and are working on the infinity edged heated lap pool that will line up directly with Aoraki Mt Cook from the lounge. Its a shame we didn't get to make the most of it this summer which has been very warm but we are looking forward to it for next year!
We stayed for two nights at Lakestone Lodge on the Cosy Couples package. The location is stunning, room very comfortable with incredible views, the food was outstanding and the massage was one of the best I've ever had. Even though our stay was only for two nights, we felt the stresses of...
Debbie - NZ
Came here for a week of relaxation. You don’t need to even leave your room to experience amazing views and all the activities/hikes nearby are great. I highly recommend the A2O trail on the east side of the lake. Staff was very kind and helped organize everything for me (I didn’t...
We throughly enjoyed our stay. What amazing views, waking up to see Mt Cook painted in soft pinks at dawn was truly special. We had a delicious meal, equivalent to any in an upmarket restaurant. Staff were attentive, but unobtrusive. Furniture and layout high quality. I’d love to...
Fiona T, Auckland
A group of tired cyclists arrive wet and cold. We are met by a very charming host, Mike, and shown to our lovely rooms, with beautiful views over turquoise Lake Pukaki. A rabbit runs by, pursued by a cat. There is tea and coffee, cupcakes, biscotti and fruit. Cocktails in the lounge are followed...
AucklandTraveller, Christchurch, New Zealand
The minute the gate opened and we drove up the Lakestone driveway, we instantly felt the stresses of work disappear. We couldn’t have chosen a better place to start our holiday. Our room was breathtaking. The Lodge itself ticks all the boxes. But the thing that stands out here is the...
A few days ago we treated ourselves to 2 nights at this luxurious little lodge (it only has 6 guest rooms) We chose it as a relaxing base from which we could access sections of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail & various walks. The location is stunning and the food, thoughtfully prepared by Chef,...
Sally A, Wanaka, New Zealand
As soon as you walk through the doors of Lakestone lodge it becomes a haven of relaxation. Mike and Anna and their team are so welcoming and friendly ensuring they care for your every need. The lodge and rooms are stunning and oh so comfortable, the food is divine and our massages were the best...
This small lodge has excellent and very helpful staff. the rooms are good and the food is excellent. However the crowning glory for my wife and I was the magnificent view along the lake with Aoraki Mount Cook central to the view surrounded by other snow covered mountains in the Southern Alps.
Peterm2014123, Auckland Central, New Zealand