First pix inside Queenstown’s new luxury lodge

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This multi-million dollar extension to Queenstown’s luxury Matakauri Lodge is ready for guests after an official opening last Sunday.

Matakauri’s new four-suite super-luxury Owner’s Cottage overlooking Lake Wakatipu charges about $12,500 per night to rent out.

Managing director Jay Robertson says the cottage finished both under budget and ahead of deadline – the first guests arrived on Monday.

It’s owned by Jay’s father, prominent American billionaire/philanthropist Julian Robertson.