Huka lodge has placed as runner up for Best Hotel in Australasia and the South Pacific, and the leading New Zealand hotel at the Condé Nast Traveller (UK) Magazine Readers’ Travel Awards, at a ceremony held in London.
The respected publication mentioned that Huka Lodge’s founding on the “willow-fringed banks of the Waikato River 90 years ago meant New Zealand’s original super-lodge was an awesome place to cast a line.”
Condé Nast Traveller also cited Huka’s plethora of indoor and outdoor dining options as further inducement for visitors.
“There’s the orchard, surrounded by hedges and warmed by braziers, the perfect setting for dinner on a fine day, or the vaulted wine cellar, which fits Huka’s lord-of-the-manor vibe; mounted deer heads, tartan fabrics and a bagpipe player strolling the lawns. The Highland flavour may explain why the Queen feels right at home here; she stays at Huka whenever she visits New Zealand.”
The Lodge’s luxurious private cottages, sumptuous interiors, range of local experiences and its annual events with upscale partners like Aston Martin and Louis Roedrer Champagne, were also popular with readers who cast their vote in these globally recognised awards.
Followed closely behind Huka Lodge in third place was Otahuna Lodge, a magnificent example of 19th century colonial architecture - a grand country house built in Victorian style. Other New Zealand entries in the top 20 were Queenstown’s Blanket Bay and Bay of Island’s Eagles Nest.
Along with being the first and oldest of its kind to be opened in New Zealand, Huka Lodge is one of the most celebrated with awards ranging from TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travellers' Choice Award to fifth ranking in the 2013 Top 20 International Hideaways.
Set within 17 acres of a magnificent Garden of National Significance (noted for its native plantings) on the banks of the teal-hued mighty Waikato River and just above the thundering Huka Falls, Huka Lodge offers a range of luxury accommodation options.
There are 18 Jnr Lodge Suites, one Lodge Suite and two exclusive cottages - The Owner’s Cottage and the Alan Pye Cottage - both designed and decorated to reflect the outdoor lovers' paradise of the Taupo region.
Simple tented camp
Huka Lodge has come a long way since it was founded by Irishman Alan Pye in 1924. It was his simple tented camp, generous hospitality and authentic tales of bountiful trout that brought visitors from around the world to Huka.
Under new ownership since 1984, the lodge's face constantly evolves, searching for innovative ways to give clients luxurious experiences, but the genuine hospitality and breathtaking location continue to underpin the Huka Lodge experience.
Huka was one of three exclusive New Zealand lodges named in the 2014 edition of the world's Top 20 Hideaways in the prestigious Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report.
International luxury travel
Luxury travel is a developing sector in New Zealand’s tourism industry.
Drawn firstly to the unspoilt landscape, international visitors are often blown away by the sophisticated infrastructure and services providing all the trappings of a first-class experience - topped off with peace, privacy and safety.
Discerning travellers regularly vote New Zealand as their favourite destination - among them Condé Nast readers who’ve voted New Zealand their favourite country in the world on multiple occasions.
Huka Lodge is a 3.5 hour drive from Auckland city, a 10-minute drive from Taupo or one hour by road from Rotorua. A helicopter flight from Auckland takes 1 hour.