Baillie Lodges acquires iconic New Zealand property

Baillie Lodges acquires iconic New Zealand property

New Zealand’s revered Huka Lodge has joined Baillie Lodges’ portfolio of luxury accommodation.

The landmark transaction comes after successful negotiations between the Huka Retreats’ parent company and Baillie Lodges. The acquisition has been reviewed and approved by New Zealand’s Overseas Investment Office.

The addition of Huka Lodge to the Baillie Lodges collection is the second international lodge for the Australian-based company, after Vancouver Island’s Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge joined the brand in late 2020.

Baillie Lodges’ portfolio of upscale lodges also includes Longitude 131° at Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island and Silky Oaks Lodge in North Queensland, which is currently under renovation ahead of reopening in October 2021.

The company’s flagship property, Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island, was destroyed in bushfires in 2020, with its rebuild now in planning.

All staff at Huka Lodge will be retained and will continue to be led by general manager Kerry Molloy. The property’s partnerships with local suppliers and operators will also remain unchanged.

Huka Lodge has a rich history spanning almost a century, with Irishman Alan Pye first establishing a high-end camp on the shores of the Waikato River, famous for its trout and offering excellent fly-fishing, in 1924.

In 1984, Huka Retreats founder Alex van Heeren saw the potential for a world-class property, and his vision is regarded as the genesis of luxury lodging.

Image source: Huka Lodge

Baillie Lodges founder James Baillie said he felt very privileged to have the opportunity to work with Huka Lodge.

“Huka Lodge has long set the standard for excellence in luxury lodging, and we’re honoured that Baillie Lodges will serve as its new steward,” he said.

“We recognise the incredible opportunity we now have to lead the award-winning lodge into a new era, and take very seriously our role in maintaining the property’s fine heritage and global reputation.”

Baillie Lodges was acquired in 2019 by an affiliate of KSL Capital Partners, a leading US investment firm focused solely on investments in travel and leisure businesses.

KSL principal Kirk Adamson said: “We view the acquisition of Huka Lodge as an important next step in the evolution of Baillie Lodges.

“We are excited to continue building our portfolio of exceptional boutique luxury lodges both within Australia and New Zealand, and also being selective and thoughtful in pursuing additional opportunities on a more global basis.

“For our guests, the continued expansion of Baillie Lodges opens up new, exciting itinerary options across Australia, New Zealand and beyond.”


Featured image source: Huka Lodge

Latest News

  • Aviation

Korean Air signs MoU with Boeing to upgrade and expand its widebody fleet.

Korean Air has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Boeing at the Farnborough International Airshow to upgrade and expand its widebody fleet. The airline has announced its intent to procure 20 Boeing 777-9s and 20 Boeing 787-10s with options for 10 more of the largest 787 Dreamliner variant today (Monday). The signing ceremony was attended […]

  • Technology

Australian agents responded quickly to Crowdstrike crash

Local travel professionals and businesses moved quickly into action to provide support to the many Australians whose travel plans were thrown into chaos on Friday and into the weekend. The chaos was the result of the flow-on effect of the suspension of check-in services and flights domestically and globally. A blue screen with the outage […]

  • News

Booking.com and Airbnb named as the preferred booking platforms of digital nomads

A new YouGov Survey has found that booking.com and Airbnb are the most popular booking platforms for digital nomads. For this poll a ‘Digital Nomad’ was defined as someone who travels freely for an extended period (at least one week), while working remotely using technology and the internet. YouGov Surveys have found that almost one […]

  • Attractions
  • Food & Beverage

Singapore Airlines has been announced as the first airline partner of Taste Port Douglas

Singapore Airlines has been announced as the first airline partner of Taste Port Douglas food festival presented by Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas. The Taste Port Douglas Takeover Series now has a presentation partner in Singapore Airlines and features Michelin star chef, Michael Wilson from Singapore marking this the first time the festival has […]

  • Food & Beverage

Exciting culinary experiences across Asia

Here is a look at some exciting experiences across Asia to enhance traveller vacations in iconic cities across the continent. The Mai Restaurant at Meliá Chiang Mai Located on the 21st floor of the iconic hotel, the Mai Restaurant has launched a Thai-inspired afternoon tea for two that pays tribute to the Baan Tawai Wood […]

  • Regional
  • Tour Operators

On Foot Holidays launches Ligurian Hills hiking tour promotion

Australians can explore Italy’s Ligurian Hills on foot on a self-guided, inn-to-inn hike with Onn Foot Holidays new promotional rates. Liguria is a coastal region in north-western Italy near the French border, known for its mountains, rolling hills and seaside ports. On Foot Holidays’ seven-night holiday begins with two days of walking through vineyards and […]

  • Products

Mandarin Oriental takes a dive into swimwear with $360 board shorts

If you were inspired by The Inspired Unemployed’s Liam Moore limited-edition pair of Budgy Smugglers but want a bit more coverage, then here’s your chance. The Orlebar Brown brand has introduced an original design of the Bulldog swim short for Mandarin Oriental hotels – yours for a snip at US$242.25 (AU$360). They have been “designed […]

  • Health & Wellness
  • Luxury

Trisara showcases sustainable dining via wellspring program

Phuket-based resort Trisara is transporting guests from resort to farm to table then back again courtesy of a new limited-time program, Wellspring. The package is a collaboration with Tri Vananda, a US$182 million (AU $270 million) wellness community in northern Phuket, conceived by Montara Hospitality Group, the owners of Trisara. In addition to entitling guests […]