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Thursday 8 October 2020

Kiwi luxury lodges get global approval

Nowhere on earth does luxury lodges with as much flair as New Zealand. 

The Kiwis also seem able to maintain consistently high standards of service across the years. 

A case in point is the three properties in the Roberstons Lodges portfolio: Matakauri Lodge in Central Otago (beow), Kauri Cliffs in Northland and the Farm at Cape Kidnappers in Hawke's Bay. 

Leading global travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler has just announced the results of its 33rd annual Readers’ Choice Awards with all three Robertson Lodges properties recognised in the Best Resorts in Australia and South Pacific category. 

Matakauri Lodge was named the number one lodge in Australia and the South Pacific, with a score of 99.8 out of a possible 100. The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs (below) was named as the number seven resort in the region and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers was the number 11 pick.

Matakauri Lodge has also been named #11 in the Fifty Best Resorts in the World, being the only New Zealand property to feature in this list.

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly referred to as “the best of the best of travel”.

“We are thrilled that all three Robertson Lodges have been recognised alongside such elite company in the Readers’ Choice Awards, and we are especially honoured to see Matakauri Lodge voted number one” said Jay Robertson, CEO of Robertson Lodges. 

“In what is undoubtedly a challenging year for tourism, 2020 has [also] seen The Farm at Cape Kidnappers awarded the #1 Resort in New Zealand/Australia by Travel + Leisure magazine, so our staff have much to be proud of. 

"They work tirelessly to provide each guest with an unforgettable experience, and they are eager to showcase these three pristine lodge settings to the rest of the world, just as soon as we can.”

Nearly half a million Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted a recording-breaking number of responses rating their travel experiences to provide a snapshot of global travel. 

Robertson Lodges are three of the most exclusive resorts in New Zealand - and over the years I have been lucky enough to stay at all three. 

The 2020 Readers' Choice Awards are published exclusively on Condé Nast Traveler's website at and celebrated in the November issue. See

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers and Matakauri Lodge are all members of Relais & Chateaux.

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