42. Huka Lodge, Taupo, New Zealand
Ranked #42 in our countdown of the 100 Best Hotels and Resorts in the World.
“The standard bearer for all New Zealand’s luxury lodges.” Sue Gough Henley
Patrician good looks, history and a perfect position overlooking the jade-green waters of Waikato River.
The lodge’s original raison d’être was fly-fishing. This remains a lure for guests but there are other options – horse riding, golf, white-water rafting, heli tours, or perhaps a genteel game of pétanque on the lawns.
Inside, everything is well-mannered style, with wingback chairs, tartan throws, gilded paintings and a snug little library. You couldn’t be more comfortable in the guest suites; all soft neutrals, luxury linens and decks with dreamy river views.
Guests converge in front of the roaring fires for a tipple before retiring to a romantic dinner of New Zealand’s finest produce and wines.
Size 25 rooms
Did you know In the 1920s, news of fly-fishing at the lodge spread and attracted famous anglers such as HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.