This fantastic retreat in the Mackenzie Region is set in a forest wilderness, beside the turquoise blue waters of Lake Pukaki and right on the doorstep of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.
The Retreat’s cuisine is firmly rooted in 5 key principles: know the provenance of the food they serve and use fresh, local, seasonal produce that is cooked from scratch.
If you haven't been to an event there yet, mark these in your diary.
Wellness Special Days
Sat 12 and Sat 19 September - 9.30am - 12.30pm. $35
Join us for a morning session of Gentle Yoga Flow and Yin, Pranayam (breathing control) and Essential Oil Healing Tonics, forest bathing and a delicious, nutritious brunch by Chef Tom.
Chef's Choice 3 course dinner
Sat 12 September - 6.30pm start
$95 including glass of sparkling wine on arrival
A 3 course menu of fresh local ingredients in a gastronomic dining experience with recommended wine matches from our local region. Sophisticated and inventively presented dishes are created by Chef Tom and his team to bring out the best of the locally sourced produce.
Two Raw Sisters
Sun 13 September - 11.00am - 2.00pm
$65 includes a glass of juice on arrival, cooking demonstration and 2 course lunch
Two Raw Sisters Margo and Rosa are best-selling authors and incredible cooks. Their mission is to inspire, motivate and educate people on the benefits of plant-based eating and create healthy, happy and sustainable lifestyles.
Chef's Choice 3 course lunch
Sun 20 September - 12.30pm start
$95 including glass of sparkling wine on arrival.
Same format as above Chef's Choice – menu will be different.
Wine Cellar Observatory private events
8 – 15 people 3 course fork and walk dinner in the cellar with stars afterwards $ 145
A special event for foodies who love fresh and innovative cuisine. You will receive a complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival, followed by the Chefs Choice 3 course meal served at The Wine Cellar. As the sky darkens, we move to Pukaki Wine Cellar Observatory for a fun and informative stargazing experience.
Not only do you get to experience outstanding South Canterbury food in a world famous location, you could also win amazing prizes by uploading photos to social media tagged #scoffsc.
Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat
Two years ago, the Retreat decided build on their growing reputation for food excellence with guests, to establish culinary leadership within the Mackenzie.
They established The Moraine Lodge Supper Club where people who were not staying there could come and enjoy new beautifully crafted food experiences. Two years on and the monthly Supper Club events are sought after events that attract foodies, including local chefs, from around NZ.
The Retreat has a large vegetable garden and, particularly in summer, the tastes of nature are imbued into the dishes they serve. From these underpinnings, their chefs have a blank slate to engage their creativity and experience to create visual and taste sensations. They tell the story of the dishes they serve engaging their guests in a food journey that is memorable and authentic.