On the eve of her 2024 centenary milestone, New Zealand’s iconic Huka Lodge at Taupō is set to lead a new era of luxury travel in the nation renowned as the home of luxury lodging, as plans for a significant and considered renovation by new owners Baillie Lodges are revealed.

Affectionately known by Kiwis as ‘the grand dame of luxury lodges’ and as the preferred holiday lodgings for the world’s rich, famous and royal over the decades, Huka Lodge is one of the newest properties in the esteemed Baillie Lodges collection

To accommodate the substantial redesign and build, Huka Lodge will farewell its last guests on April 30 next year and will reopen on December 1, 2024.

Baillie Lodges founder James Baillie will lead the project, partnering with esteemed New Zealand-born interior designer Virginia Fisher, first appointed by Huka Lodge’s previous, long-term owner Alex van Heeren in 1984 to direct the lodge’s look and feel. Since then, Virginia has led the distinctively grand style of Huka Lodge with its traditional lodging spirit, intimate interior spaces, private nooks for lounging and dining and furnishings with signature tartan finishes.