Number 1 Resort Hotel in Australia & New Zealand

Huka Lodge has excelled on the world stage, receiving global recognition as the Number 1 Resort Hotel in Australia & New Zealand in Travel + Leisure’s  2018 World's Best Awards. Among the globe’s most impressive and inspiring properties, Huka Lodge has also been acknowledged as Number 27 in the Top 100 Hotels Overall category.

As one of the most highly-regarded and competitive awards on the travel calendar, the World’s Best Awards honour the top travel destinations and companies around the globe as rated by its readers. Huka Lodge celebrates this prestigious recognition from Travel + Leisure for the fifth time.

Kerry Molloy, General Manager, says: “This is a tremendous honour for our team. Our guests, our people and of course our rich heritage define the Huka Lodge story. To be recognised among the region’s most compelling properties is a wonderful testament to all involved. Travel + Leisure is one of the most respected authorities in the industry and we remain as dedicated as ever to delivering once-in-a-lifetime memories for our guests.”  

Since it was founded in 1924, Huka Lodge has been consistently rated as a favourite destination for discerning travellers from every corner of the globe, making its way onto bucket lists and awards lists alike. To date, Huka Lodge has welcomed over half a million guests into its 25 guest suites including private cottages and recently announced its all-new series of unique experiences, including exclusive dining collaborations and never-before-launched ski packages.

The World’s Best Awards appear in the August 2018 issue of Travel + Leisure, on sale 27 July 2018 and online at this link:


About The Huka Retreats

The Huka Retreats consist of three luxury properties: Huka Lodge on the banks of the Waikato River in Taupo, New Zealand; Grande Provence Estate amongst the vineyards of the Western Cape’s historic Franschhoek Valley, South Africa; and South Pacific private island, Dolphin Island in Fiji. The vision of entrepreneur Alex van Heeren, all three properties have been born from a desire to create the most exceptional hospitality experiences for the world’s most discerning travellers.

About Travel + Leisure

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