Alan Pye Cottage, Taupo, New Zealand
Iconic New Zealand luxury accommodation... Inside the highly tenured 17-acre grounds, another wonderful new addition to the iconic Huka Lodge (and Huka Retreat brands) has recently welcomed its first guests. Named after the charming Irishman who established Huka Lodge, the Alan Pye Cottage opened in late December 2008. Designed by Virginia Fisher and Christian Anderson, and Sumich Architects, the Alan Pye Cottage builds on and continues many of the themes established in 2005, with the exceptional Owner’s Cottage retreat, also located within the Huka Lodge estate. The Cottage takes full advantage of a superb location and sits on lush green lawns amongst manicured gardens on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, just before the turquoise green waters surge downstream to the impressive Huka Falls. Using the finest quality materials – cedar, heart timbers, stone and brick, the cottage draws on architectural fundamentals from the 1920s and 1930s with strong reference to the sophisticated elegance of the English Arts & Crafts movement. This influence, expressed in a contemporary manner, clearly pervades both the exterior and interior design of the Alan Pye Cottage. The Alan Pye Cottage is certain to carry on the fine tradition of luxurious living and generous hospitality which was started by Alan Pye and his wife at Huka Lodge so long ago.
The Cottage has two large bedrooms, with open fireplaces, en suite bathrooms and large walk-through dressing rooms. Both bedrooms are tastefully decorated and offer a high level of comfort. A magnificent open plan living room, featuring a high stud ceiling, with an open fireplace and dining area. This room offers fabulous furniture and everything guests will need to feel this is a true ‘home away from home’. Tall glass doors on both sides of the room face the river and allow you to not only take in but experience this majestic view. A well-equipped kitchen is set up for a personal chef – guests may choose to be catered for or to dine over to the main Lodge. Guests at The Alan Pye Cottage have use of all Huka Lodge facilities and services. The bathrooms feature twin basins, deep baths, separate showers and heated towel rails. The floors are made from limestone and include under floor heating.
Facilities: Park-like gardens and flower borders, spa pool, swimming pool, all weather tennis court, petanque court, a short walk beyond the gates brings you to the spectacular Huka Falls, mini-bar, heli pad
•CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER MAGAZINE Gold List - January 2008
•2008 HM AWARDS For Hotel & Accommodation Excellence – August 2008
•ROBB REPORT Luxury Resorts Edition, The World’s 100 Ultimate Escapes – Summer 2008
•TRAVEL + LEISURE Magazine, World’s Best Awards – July 2007
Huka Lodge was awarded No. 1 position in the Best Hotels category for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
•TRAVEL + LEISURE Magazine, World’s Best Service Readers Survey – June 2007
Huka Lodge was voted second in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
•ROBB REPORT Luxury Resorts Edition, The World’s 100 Ultimate Escapes – Summer 2007 -Huka Lodge proudly takes its place among the world’s finest retreats in this annual list.
•LUXURY TRAVEL & STYLE Magazine Gold List – Summer 2007
In this third annual survey, Huka Lodge is ranked No. 6 out of 30 properties within the Best Overseas Resort list.
•TRAVEL + LEISURE Magazine, World’s Best Values – March 2007
Huka Lodge ranked best value in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific in hotels costing more than US$400 per night. The only New Zealand luxury lodge to be listed.
•TRAVEL + LEISURE Magazine, Top 500 list – January 2007
Huka Lodge only property listed in New Zealand and ranked in No.1 position in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
•Condé Nast Traveler Magazine, Gold List, World’s Best 700 Hotels, Resorts and Cruise Lines – January 2007, Huka Lodge appears as one of just three New Zealand properties to be listed.
•Condé Nast Travel Ler Magazine, Gold List 2007 – January 2007
Huka Lodge listed No.1 in Best Hotels for Hotels for Rooms section, Australasia and South Pacific, with a score of 97.78 out of a possible 100.
•Gallivanter ’s Guide, The 2006 Gallivanter’s Awards for Excellence – January 2007 - Huka Lodge voted as the Best Hotel/Resort in Australia and New Zealand.
•Condé Nast Traveller Magazine, Top 100 The Best in the World awards – November 2006
•Huka Lodge is ranked as sixth within the Top 15 Australia / Pacific Hotels.
•Condé Nast Traveller Magazine, Reader’s Travel Awards – September 2006
•Huka Lodge is ranked as the top New Zealand property at fifth place overall, within the Australasian & South Pacific category.
•Andrew Harpers“HIDEAWAY REPORT,” 25th Annual Reader’s Survey – September 2006 - Little Gems: your favorite hideaway resorts 50 or fewer rooms sees Huka Lodge ranked as No. 4 within the Top 20 International Hideaways listing Huka Lodge moves to top position within New Zealand as No. 14 within the Top 20 International Resorts list.
•TRAVEL + LEISURE Magazine, World’s Best Awards – July 2006
Huka Lodge is listed in first place within the ranked Top 25 Hotels in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
•TRAVEL + LEISURE Magazine, The World’s Best Service – June 2006
Within the Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific Region Huka Lodge achieves first place with the highest score of 93.18 out of a possible 100.
•ROBB REPORT Luxury Resorts – May 2006
Huka Lodge has been named as one of the world’s Top 100 luxury resorts in this prestigious annual list.
•TRAVEL + LEISURE Magazine, Top 500 list – January 2006
Listed by country, Huka Lodge is the only property in New Zealand considered to be amongst the greatest hotels and resorts in the world.
•Condé Nast Traveller Magazine – January 2006
Rated first in the ‘Best Hotels for Rooms’ for Australasia and South Pacific, with a score of 95.56%.
•Condé Nast Traveller Magazine, 2005 Readers’ Travel Awards – October 2005
Not only is New Zealand No. 1 in The World’s Top 100 as favourite holiday destination it scored 99% for scenery, 98.87% for environmental friendliness and 97% for safety. Huka Lodge also appears in ninth place in the Australasia and the South Pacific category.
•Andrew Harpers“HIDEAWAY REPORT,” Top 20 International Resort Hotels
– September 2005 - Huka Lodge was placed at No. 18 in this prestigious listing. Little Gems: Your favourite hideaway resorts with 50 rooms or fewer rooms, Huka Lodge was voted No. 6 out of 20 top international resort hideaways in this category.
•TRAVEL + LEISURE Magazine, 10th Anniversary World’s Best Awards – July 2005
Listed as No.15 in the world’s top hotels, also in the top 15 small hotels worldwide Huka Lodge was ranked 12th. In the top 25 for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific list, Huka Lodge held second position.
•TRAVEL + LEISURE Magazine World’s Best Awards – June 2005
Scored 90.38% for service and was ranked second in the region of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
•Condé Nast Traveller Magazine, Gold List – January 2005
World’s Best 700 places to stay. Huka Lodge placed first in New Zealand, with all categories scoring in the high nineties.
•Condé Nast Traveller Magazine, Readers’ Travel Awards 2004 – September 2004
Huka Lodge was judged to have the best location in Australasia and South Pacific and scored a remarkable 99.98% overall. Huka Lodge was rated 26th out of The World’s Top 100 travel destinations, including countries, cities, airlines, and tourism operators.
•TRAVEL + LEISURE Magazine, World’s Best Service – August 2004
Rated second in the Best Service Award throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
•TRAVEL + LEISURE Magazine, Top 100 Hotels in the World – June 2004 Scored a total of 86.83% overall.
•Condé Nast Traveller Magazine, Gold List – October 2003
Scored a total of 94.9% overall.
•Andrew Harpers“HIDEAWAY REPORT,”– September 2003
Rated fifth in the Top 20 International Resort Hideaways. Rated 14th in the Top 20 International Resort Hotels.
•Condé Nast Traveller Magazine, Readers’ Travel Awards 2002 – September 2002
First in the ‘Overseas Leisure Hotels’(Australasia & The South Pacific). Rated Huka Lodge 4th in the ‘Best of the Best’ category (featuring airlines, airports, car rentals, cities, countries, cruise liners, hotels, islands, spas and tour operators).
•Andrew Harpers“HIDEAWAY REPORT,” Awards Survey – March 2002
‘A connoisseur’s worldwide guide to peaceful and unspoiled places’. Rated third in the Top 20 International Resort Hideaways (50 rooms or less). Rated ninth in the Top 20 International Resort Hotels.
•Condé Nast Traveller Magazine, Gold List – January 2002
Rated in the top ten ‘World’s Best Places to Stay’ for Australasia.
•Condé Nast Traveller Magazine – november 2001
The World’s Top 100 (Readers’ Choice Awards). Ninth in the ‘Top 10 Island Small Hotels’ in the World.
Destination: Huka Lodge, Taupo
Official website: Alan Pye Cottage