Matakauri Lodge

Matakauri on the shore of Lake Wakatipu
Winter at Matakauri Lodge
View from one of the dining rooms
A warm and welcoming interior
The glow of the lodge on a winters evening
Some of the most beautiful hikes in the world
Take in the town in the most adventurous way possible!

Live and work in the adventure capital of the world - Queenstown, New Zealand!

Matakauri Lodge is a luxury lodge in Queenstown, New Zealand. Visitors come from all over the world to sample our exceptional hospitality in one of the most beautiful regions New Zealand has to offer. Also known as the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown is full of excitement and boasts an attractive nightlife and lifestyle to those who live there.

Spectacularly located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge looks out to a mesmerizing panorama of the big three; The Remarkables, Cecil and Walter peak.

About Matakauri Lodge

There is nothing that quite compares to the experience of living and working in the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown, New Zealand. Breath-taking and unparalleled scenery has you captured year-round from the famous white-capped mountains in winter, to the magnificent golden hues of Autumn.

Spectacularly located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge looks out to a mesmerizing panorama of the big three; The Remarkables, Cecil and Walter Peaks. Our team enjoys spending their time off together exploring the multitude of hikes and walking trails, taking on the four world-class ski fields on our doorstep, and sampling some of the finest wines from over 75 local wineries within a 20-minute drive of Queenstown.

As Queenstown attracts visitors from all over the world it also boasts fantastic nightlife and a number of epic yearly events such as the Winter Festival and The Crankworx Summer Series.

The Employee Experience

We are a family-owned company and in this sense ‘family’ is key to our culture. At Robertson Lodges everyone is valued for the important role they fulfil.  No part of the operation, or guest experience, would be successful, without the other.  Therefore all new staff are welcomed into the family and shown appreciation for their contributions.  Team members work across the departments to help others out when required and staff lunches are a great opportunity to get to know people working in all parts of the Lodge. 

Our Values are ingrained in our Company culture, they are:

  • Having a strong work ethic
  • Being a team player
  • Being service-oriented
  • Having a can-do attitude
  • And leading by example

Ideal Candidate

Our Company's mission is to provide lifetime memories to each of our valued guests through legendary service, the finest amenities and uniquely Kiwi experiences.

What we do is unique, genuine, exclusive and very special.

Our team is made up of some of the finest hospitality professionals from all over the world who love to pass on and share their knowledge and experience. You will receive full, first-class training relevant to your level of experience to ensure you have all the help you need when you begin working with us. 

If you share the same values and passion for people but lack the particular skills we are looking for, then we would still love to hear from you. Having the right attitude and the willingness to learn are the key attributes we look for. Many of our employees have come into roles at Robertson Lodges with no hospitality background and both their skills and passion have developed over time – taking their careers to incredible heights. 

Room and Board

Matakauri has limited staff accommodation available. If you are interested, please ask us about availability. If the staff house is full you will be required to find your own alternative accommodation. The following websites; and are good online options to start looking for accommodation in advance of your arrival to Queenstown. 

A delicious staff meal is also provided during your shift.

Employee Perks

We offer an excellent work environment where promoting a positive work-life balance is key to our success. Whether enjoying a leisurely round of golf on one of your two consecutive days off or making the most of the Robertson Lodges Staff Perks Programme with a wide range of discounts and deals with our suppliers and partners.

In support of the relationship shared through our Relais & Châteaux network, and recognizing the value of our personnel, all Robertson Lodge employees are entitled to the Relais & Châteaux staff rate of $250 per person per night inclusive of GST, double occupancy. On a room, dinner, and breakfast basis at any Relais & Châteaux property subject to availability and approval.

We pride ourselves on looking after our people. 

Getting Here and Getting Around

The public transport system does not operate to Matakauri so for your own convenience and work commitments you will need a driver’s license and a vehicle to get to the Lodge. Employees who need to drive some distance from the main centres to work receive a daily travel allowance as a contribution towards fuel costs. Matakauri Lodge is a short 7-minute drive from the heart of Queenstown. 

You can drive in New Zealand on most overseas licences for a maximum of 12 months. After 12 months you need to apply for a New Zealand Driver’s Licence. The Automobile Association or “AA” is a great point of contact for driver licensing, car insurance (and other insurance), and vehicle registration. There are AA Service Centres located throughout New Zealand. For info on used cars, car inspection tips, insurance and driving in New Zealand, go to

For Fun

There is so much to do in New Zealand! It's easy to travel by car and each lodge's location is packed full of wonderful experiences, breathtaking scenery, and interesting places to explore. 

Matakauri Lodge is a seven-minute drive from Queenstown, a resort town with a population of approximately 15,000. It is located on the shores of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu and is best known for its vineyards, adventure sports, and ski fields at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. No matter what the season, Queenstown offers visitors action-packed adventure and unparalleled scenery that will no doubt impress!

How to Apply

You can apply for any role at our Robertson Lodges careers page . For your convenience, all vacancies for each of our locations - The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers and Matakauri Lodge can be found here. Please follow the application instructions outlined in the role description. If the exact role you’re looking for isn’t available, register your interest by emailing your CV and a Cover Letter to HR Manager Kari Swa at


New Zealand has working holiday agreements with many countries, allowing you to work here and explore our great country.

Working holiday visas are available to young people, usually aged 18 to 30, but 18 to 35 in a select few countries. They let you travel and work in New Zealand for up to 12 months, or 23 months if you are from the UK or Canada. 

Download our Matakauri Applicant Guide here for more information!

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