New Zealand's Huka Lodge rated by Smith Hotel Awards as second best in world for 'The Greatest Outdoors'

New Zealand's Huka Lodge rated by Smith Hotel Awards as second best in world for 'The Greatest Outdoors'

Huka Lodge, famed for its location of great natural beauty, within 17-acres of grounds listed as a Garden of National Significance, on the banks of the Waikato River, has just been chosen as second runner up in ‘The Greatest Outdoors’ category of the inaugural Smith Hotel Awards.

47,000 votes were cast and Huka Lodge, along with the other hotels ranked as the Top Ten of ‘The Greatest Outdoors’ category, were selected from over 900 international hotels. Dunton Hot Springs in the United States was the overall winner of the category, while Australia’s Sal Salis was third runner up. Huka Lodge was the only New Zealand property to feature in the Top Ten.

Judging was based on the premise that the hotels all shared extraordinary exterior appeal to the extent that they were naturally blessed with a breath-taking location and picture-postcard views, according to the popular Mr & Mrs Smith.

Huka Lodge lies upstream from the mighty Huka Falls and all guest suites and exclusive cottages overlook the deep turquoise green waters of the Waikato River, as they have since the property was founded in 1924. Should guests ever feel the need to leave this legendary haven of beauty and style the whole central plateau region awaits, with some of the finest trout fishing in the world as well as an amazing range of active adventure experiences available. Huka Lodge has created a superb series of lifestyle packages to showcase the best of these here.

Huka Lodge is a sister property to Dolphin Island, Fiji and Grande Provence Estate, South Africa. All three properties comprise The Huka Retreats and are the vision of their founder, entrepreneur Alex van Heeren.

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