New Zealand lodge tops international hideaways list


New Zealand’s Otahuna Lodge, near Christchurch, has been voted the Top International Hideaway for 2015 by readers of one of the world’s most influential luxury travel reader’s polls, Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report.

Harper’s describes the lodge as an “evocative seven-suite Queen Anne manor amid century-old estate gardens. Magnificently appointed public areas contain a richly paneled dining room, library and guest lounge. The property offers tennis, croquet, day spa, cooking classes and stable for horseback rides.”

Otahuna Lodge’s owner, Hall Cannon said the win was a “stunning confirmation for a fantastic team that works harder than anyone to show off the wonders of Canterbury.”

“As an American who chose to settle in New Zealand, this award confirms what I have felt for a long time: that New Zealand is a destination that leaves a deep and lasting impression.”

Otahuna Lodge was also named as #14 in the list of ‘Top Food and Wine Resorts’, while The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, in Northland, was named #16 in the ‘Top Golf Resorts’.

The Hideaway Report is a respected monthly publication which reviews luxury hotels and resorts with 75 or fewer rooms. It was founded in 1979 by a travel writer under the pseudonym Andrew Harper. The publication prides itself on its impartiality, as Harper always travels incognito and pays his own way.

The results are based on the annual independent Reader Survey in which Andrew Harper’s discerning readers vote for the best hotels, resorts, safari lodges and cruise ships around the world. This year’s Readers’ Choice Awards boast 122 hotels in 51 destinations. Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Reportis a leading source of information about luxury travel, having provided candid and insightful reviews to its subscribers for more than 35 years.

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