Leading travel guide places two NZ hotels in top 100 out of 4000 global entries.

A boutique hotel on the edge of the Waipoua Forest and a remote, seafront luxury lodge in the Wairarapa have been recognised by a leading travel guide as among the best in the world.

Fodor's Travel has ranked both the Waipoua Lodge and Wharekauhau Lodge among its top 100 hotels in the world for 2014.

The two hotels are the only New Zealand entries on the list and among just five from the Australia/Pacific region.

Waipoua Lodge was selected by Fodor's editors and travel experts for "recognising high style, excellent service and a remarkable experience for guests".


Fran Farrant, who co-owns the lodge with her husband Ian, was overjoyed to have their renovated 100-year-old historic homestead recognised in two of Fodor's eight categories including its "small hotel" and "readers' choice" sections.

"We have a byline where it says experiences last but a brief time, special memories last a lifetime and it's all about creating a memorable guest experience," she said.

Mrs Farrant said most of their business was from overseas visitors who usually visit in the high-season between November and March. She hoped more New Zealanders would visit.

"It's challenging to get New Zealanders to recognise doing a holiday experience at home because the cut price island deals are pretty attractive."

Wharekauhau Lodge, described as "a working sheep station meets bygone-era elegance" and where a cottage suite can set a couple back $800-plus GST a person a night between December and the end of March and half of that at all other times of year, also featured on the list.

Lodge manager Richard Rooney said he was thrilled the Edwardian-style main lodge that began as a sheep-farming station in 1840 had been placed on the list.

"What makes it more special is the category of "Trip of a Lifetime". Wharekauhau is such a special place, it is just such a fitting category."

Fodor's senior editorial team deliberated on over 4000 Fodor's Choice picks before narrowing their top selections into eight categories.

Fodor's tick

Waipoua Lodge

Fodor's Review

"Room decoration ranges from modern to rustic, but all come with plenty of space, natural light, and balconies or patios that look out over gardens and the Waipoua Forest in the distance. After dinner, you can toast marshmallows in the central fireplace. Meals are served from an a la carte menu with a focus on high quality produce. You can stroll through the native bush on the property, or enjoy a private hot tub by candlelight on a balcony overlooking the forest. At 2km (1¼ miles) south of Waipoua Forest, the lodge is close to the legendary kauri Tane Mahuta and one of the few areas where you can take a guided Maori twilight walk to view kiwi."

Wharekauhau Lodge
Fodor's Review
"A working sheep station meets bygone-era elegance at this unique coastal getaway 90 minutes from Wellington City, on a 5000-acre [2020ha] estate with an Edwardian-style main lodge surrounded by 13 guest cottages, each with king-size bed, small patio, and an open fireplace. On-site activities range from relaxing in private courtyards, gardens or the spa and chatting with the chefs around the open kitchen, to swimming, playing tennis, or trying your hand at croquet or petanque."