The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their son, Prince
A luxurious Queenstown lodge has been booked for the Duke
and Duchess of Cambridge to have a romantic royal escape.
UK website Mail Online this week published photos of the
exclusive Matakauri Lodge and reported Prince William and
Kate will stay there during their New Zealand tour next
The news site claimed the Owner's Cottage - usually $12,000 a
night - had been secured for the same price as a local hotel
To protect the couple's privacy, the entire lodge - including
four suites and six villas - had been booked for the night.
Stephen McAteer of Matakauri Lodge told the Herald on Sunday
the lodge could not disclose any information about guests and
would neither confirm nor deny a royal booking.
The resort is on the banks of Lake Wakatipu and boasts
uninterrupted lake and mountain views. It is one of Tatler
magazine's 101 Top Hotels in the World.
A stay there includes breakfast and dinner.
The Owner's Cottage has a private balcony with views across
the lake and mountain range from a jacuzzi. Even the
bathrooms have breathtaking views.
Prince George is coming to New Zealand with his parents for
the 10-day visit from April 7 but will not be staying in
The Mail reported the couple would arrive at the lodge after
wine-tasting at the Amsfield vineyard and jet-boating on the
Shotover River. They would fly to Christchurch the next day,
then later be reunited with George, who will stay at
Government House in Wellington.
- Kirsty Wynn of the Herald on Sunday