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Pukaki Air Lodge

10 Avro Ave. Pukaki Airport, Twizel 7999 New Zealand
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
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Updated 12/05/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#6 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Twizel
Pukaki Air Lodge is a purpose-built five bedroom lodge, positioned in a unique location on Pukaki Airfield (2km north of Twizel). Opened in October 2018, the lodge is specifically built to appeal to Alps-to-Ocean cyclists, touring aviators and visitors to the Mackenzie basin, and offers easy access to the many activities on offer in this lovely part of the South Island. The lodge is incorporated into our hangar where our Nanchang aircraft lives and interested guests may view this plane on request. Guests will wake up to uninterrupted views of the Mackenzie Basin, and can indulge in coffee on the veranda outside each room with views to Aoraki Mt Cook in the North. The Lodge is built right at the end of the Pukaki Airport Runway, so those who are interested in aviation have a perfect vantage point from which to watch takeoffs and landing of the aircraft that use the airfield by day. There are often gyrocopters, biplanes and your hosts own Nanchang Warbird flying around. Guests can take joyrides or scenic flights in these aircraft on request, giving further unique views of the mountains and many surrounding lakes. By night, with no traffic or light pollution the clear views of the brilliant stars of the Mackenzie dark sky reserve can be gazed at in absolute peace and tranquility
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Bar / lounge
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Car hire
Outdoor furniture
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Seating area
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Private bathrooms
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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k2LoFlyaNZ wrote a review Apr 2021
Lower Hutt, New Zealand369 contributions166 helpful votes
We stayed here as part of the A2O bike ride and we were glad of the choice ,. The rooms were large and well-appointed and there was use of as large lounge with great views of the countryside. Breakfast was basic - help-yourself which included eggs etc so good enough. Mary the host could not have been more accommodating.
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Date of stay: March 2021
Room Tip: They are all good (only 4 or 5)
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3 Helpful votes
Response from Theresa Murdoch, Owner at Pukaki Air Lodge
Responded 3 Apr 2021
Thank you John for your kind review . We are happy you enjoyed your stay and got to appreciate what we see everyday
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nztraveller wrote a review Feb 2021
Wellington, New Zealand41 contributions15 helpful votes
It was such a treat to stay here.  Not a motel, not a hotel, perhaps something in between.  This was a perfect choice for staying somewhere in the region.  The setting at the airfield is great, and it's only a couple of km from the township.  I much preferred it to what was on offer in Twizel itself. The room was clean, quiet, spacious and comfortable.  I fried a couple of eggs every morning for breakfast.  The upstairs lounge was a lovely retreat, and worked well when some friends came to visit.  I would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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1 Helpful vote
Response from Theresa Murdoch, Owner at Pukaki Air Lodge
Responded 3 Apr 2021
Thank you Neils for your review. We are happy you got to make good use of the upstairs lounge with your friends and get to see the views we see everyday
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Richard Kensington wrote a review Jan 2021
Auckland, New Zealand660 contributions179 helpful votes
We were lucky to have the accommodation to ourselves - never expected to find a large guest lounge with views of the Mackenzie Basin plus and even larger kitchen lounge and outside deck area for residents to use. Absolutely brilliant bed with great linen Easy to use bathroom Rooms have plenty of space with a ranch slider to access outside seating. Having recently stayed at the Hilton in Queenstown this property is MORE superior. It is the quality and the service that makes a place. Well done Mary
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
3 Helpful votes
Response from Theresa Murdoch, Owner at Pukaki Air Lodge
Responded 3 Apr 2021
Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I know we are unique so these kinds of reviews help people to make a decision to stay with us . This place is special and we are glad you got to enjoy what we enjoy everyday
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Shaun & Kim wrote a review Jan 2021
Napier, New Zealand4 contributions
We enjoyed a wonderful 2 night stay with Mary and Grant where they recommended and dropped us at restaurants, shared their passion for all things aviation, showed us their plane and were perfect hosts. In addition, the rooms, facilities and setting were first class. We will stay again. This is an ideal venue for anyone with an aviation interest and we are sure that their success will only build as other become aware of how good staying at Pukaki Air Lodge is.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Theresa Murdoch, Owner at Pukaki Air Lodge
Responded 3 Apr 2021
Thank you so much for your review. We loved having you to stay and glad you got to enjoy our wonderful surroundings
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Sue W wrote a review Nov 2020
Richmond, New Zealand17 contributions2 helpful votes
Highly recommend this place. Modern spacious rooms right by an air strip. In addition lovely shared kitchen area and superb guest lounge with a view of Mt Cook. A little bit out of town but onwers volunteered to drive us in for groceries or meal. Bikes stored in hanger with a chinese fighter trainer plane
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Theresa Murdoch, Owner at Pukaki Air Lodge
Responded 3 Apr 2021
Thank you very much for your review. Being 3km out of town we appreciate the last thing cyclist want to do is get on a bike to go out for dinner so we are very happy to be the taxi service as its only a few minutes to drive to Twizel Being a bit out of town however does afford us the amazing views that we get to see everyday and delight in sharing with our guests with the setting of our lodge.
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US$132 - US$173 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandCanterbury RegionMackenzie DistrictTwizel
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pukaki Air Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Pukaki Air Lodge?
Nearby attractions include SkyScape (6.8 km), Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon Shop (6.2 km), and High Country Salmon (5.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Pukaki Air Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Pukaki Air Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Pukaki Air Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Pukaki Air Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Pukaki Air Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Poppies Cafe, Ministry of Works Bar and Eatery, and Hydro Cafe.
Does Pukaki Air Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Pukaki Air Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Pukaki Air Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.