The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is the number one hotel in Australia & New Zealand and number four in the world, as voted by Travel + Leisure readers in the publication’s World’s Best Awards 2019.

The prestigious accolade was announced overnight by the US-based magazine, which is considered one of the world’s leading travel publications.

Sister properties Matakauri Lodge (#3) and The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs (#5) were also named in the Top 5 Australia New Zealand Hotels/Resorts, with the trio of Robertson Lodges the only New Zealand properties to be honoured. Matakauri was voted #45 in the world.

Expanding on the prestige of the awards, Travel + Leisure’s Editor Jacqui Gifford commented, “For 24 years, our readers have been voting in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. This annual franchise is a global collection of the top hotels, islands, cities, cruise lines, airlines, and more,” says Gifford. “Brands and properties from all over the world—from Peru to Japan, India to Italy, and right here at home in the United States—are recognized by our audience because they deliver on exceptional experiences, rooted in a sense of place. I congratulate all of this year’s winners, who have worked so hard to be among the world’s best.”

These recent awards stands as a testament to the timeless style and the outstanding service at this unique and truly special New Zealand lodge, and the high esteem in which all three Robertson Lodges are held.

Since opening to international acclaim in 2007, Cape Kidnappers has set a benchmark for a relaxed and laid-back style of authentic luxury that is both quintessentially New Zealand, yet sophisticated and world-class in the overall experience.

Starting with a dream location and an idyllic property dramatically perched above the Pacific Ocean, the Robertson family delivered on their vision to create a destination lodge that offers enriching experiences that showcase the stunning region it inhabits.

Guests at Cape Kidnappers can explore the Hawke’s Bay wine region with its world-class wineries just on the doorstep outside the Farm’s gates. Add to the offering the chance to explore within the property the New Zealand’s natural highlights of the Kiwi Reserve and the Gannet Colony, to play the world-ranked Cape Kidnappers golf course and to savour Relais & Chateaux food and wine offerings, and Cape Kidnappers is indeed a complete package.

“To be named the number one resort, particularly in a country like New Zealand where the ‘luxury lodge’ phenomenon was born and the accommodation bar is set high, says a lot about the experience at ,Cape Kidnappers,” said Jay Robertson, Chief Executive Officer. “We offer a very personal, warm and tailored style of hospitality where guests really do come first, and it is a heartfelt honour to the entire team to be recognised as Number One across Australia and New Zealand. To have all three lodges feature in the Top 5 makes this honour even more special”

Cape Kidnappers is the second lodge to be opened in the trio of leading New Zealand lodges owned by New York-based financier and philanthropist Julian H. Robertson and family. After the success of their first lodge Kauri Cliffs, the Robertsons built sister lodge The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, which opened in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand in 2007. They later purchased an existing South Island lodge on the banks of Lake Wakitipu in Queenstown, and after an extensive rebuild and renovation Matakauri Lodge was opened to acclaim in 2010.

Robertson and his late wife Josie have a long love affair with New Zealand, first moving here for a sabbatical year in the late 1970’s. Some sixteen years later, when Robertson was offered for purchase the 5000-acre sheep and cattle property that is now Kauri Cliffs, he and the family didn’t hesitate. Likewise when the clifftop farm property in Hawke’s Bay was shown to Robertson, he could clearly see its potential for both a golf course and a world class lodge.

Building the Farm at Cape Kidnapper took long-term vision and was a true labour of love for the Robertson family. In planning, designing and building the main lodge, accommodation suites and the golf course, every detail was carried through with a perfectionist’s eye, just as it was at Kauri Cliffs. Josie Robertson worked in close collaboration with designers Virginia Fisher a(the golf Club House) as well as Aspen based designer Linda Bedell (the lodge and accommodation) on the interior design. Legendary golf course designer Tom Doak was engaged to design what is one of the most spectacular golf courses in the world.

The result speaks for itself. Travel + Leisure’s 2019 World’s Best Award – Number One Resort in New Zealand and Australia; The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is a New Zealand gem and much loved by guests from around the world.

To view the final rankings for each category, and specifically “The Best Resorts in Australia & New Zealand” please visit

All three Robrtson Lodges are included in The Top 5 Australia and New Zealand Resort Hotels list, which can be found here:

Cape Kidnappers is named to the Top 100 Hotels in the World, coming in at #4. Matakauri Lodge is named at #45