Owners Cottage, Huka Lodge, Taupo, New Zealand

Accommodation Type: Lodge
Number of rooms: 4

Iconic New Zealand luxury accommodation... The Owner’s Cottage at Huka Lodge sits on an elevated and sunny promontory above the Waikato River, within the grounds of Huka Lodge. Virtually completely hidden from view, this luxurious hideaway enjoys stunning views downstream to the mighty Huka Falls. The picturesque wooden cottage was originally built in 1937, for Americans Commander and Mrs. Fitzhugh Green of Long Island, on land leased from Alan Pye. Four spacious guest suites are anchored by a central living room, dining area, kitchen and a den. The colour palette is deliberately muted with elegant use of soft cream hues for the walls and bleached Oak wooden parquet floors throughout. This all contributes to an ambiance of calm restful relaxation within the cottage. The suites all have super-king size beds, crisp cotton bed linen, and soft feather and down pillows, and comfortable chairs for lounging. All suites enjoy the romance of their own fireplace. Each suite also has a magnificent ensuite bathroom – twin basins, bath as well as a shower and the comfort of under-floor heating. The cathedral style ceiling and generous use of glazing means the bathrooms enjoy great natural light levels. Two of the guest suites face the river while the other two enjoy a beautiful private courtyard garden aspect. These gardens also feature one of the magnificent outdoor fireplaces that can be found tucked away within the environs of Huka Lodge. All the suites offer every comfort and that attention to detail that has become a Huka Lodge trademark. The Living Room is the centre of the cottage with magnificent stone fireplace for blazing log fires, high ceilings, cream suede couches, antique leather club chairs – everything you need to absolutely relax. All the rooms are used to display works by some of New Zealand’s foremost artists – Max Gimblet, Mervyn Taylor and Dick Frizell to name a few.

The Owner’s Cottage at Huka Lodge is furbished generously with characterful pieces chosen for their comfort, beauty and history like the wonderful 1920s French Oak chairs in the living room. Should you choose to dine in the cottage, the dining table within the living room seats 8, however you may take the secret path through the grounds to the main Lodge and dine there instead. A well-equipped kitchen also allows for a Huka Lodge chef to cook for you or you may also choose to self cater. All the suites offer every comfort and that attention to detail that has become a Huka Lodge trademark. The Living Room is the centre of the cottage with magnificent stone fireplace for blazing log fires, high ceilings, cream suede couches, antique leather club chairs – everything you need to absolutely relax. All the rooms are used to display works by some of New Zealand’s foremost artists – Max Gimblet, Mervyn Taylor and Dick Frizell to name a few. The Owner’s Cottage at Huka Lodge is furbished generously with characterful pieces chosen for their comfort, beauty and history like the wonderful 1920s French Oak chairs in the living room. Should you choose to dine in the cottage, the dining table within the living room seats 8, however you may take the secret path through the grounds to the main Lodge and dine there instead. A well-equipped kitchen also allows for a Huka Lodge chef to cook for you or you may also choose to self cater. The Owner’s Cottage at Huka Lodge offers the best of both worlds – a high level of privacy and independence as well all Huka Lodge guest amenities just five minutes away should you require them. Ideal for a private party of guests or for members of a family, The Owner’s Cottage at Huka Lodge is one of the world’s most exclusive private hideaways.

Facilities: Fully equiped kitchen, workstation with computer and printer, plasma TV and DVD, cantilevered infinity pool, spa pool. Should you be traveling with staff, provision has been made for two escort rooms with ensuite bathrooms designed for single occupancy. Laundry facilities are available should you wish to use them however you are also able to call Housekeeping at Huka Lodge should the need arise.

Awards

•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: Taupo, North Island