Ambassador Hotel Review – Huka Lodge

- Collette Dinnigan, Fashion Designer

Collette Dinnigan

Fashion Designer

Collette Dinnigan is one of Australia’s most iconic fashion designers. Her career has spanned over 21 years and she has shown collections in Paris almost every season. She has dressed over one hundred internationally acclaimed actresses and has a strong retail presence worldwide.


After all I’ve heard about this place, it is indeed a hidden gem in a beautiful and intimate location on the North Island of New Zealand. It is a beautiful spot on the Waikato River.

This place would make a lovely winter retreat – sitting in front of the fire is especially cosy. The food was great as was the wine list.

I especially loved the upstairs room in the main lodge. The paneling gave it a NZ meets Europe feel. If you want privacy or are travelling with friends, the Alan Pye cottage is great.

Overall a fantastic and relaxing weekend. My only disappointment was the lack of a great spa. Regardless, I cannot wait to go back and would recommend it to anyone.

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