Acacia Cliff's Lodge one of New Zealand’s 18 Best Wild Lodges

Acacia Cliffs Lodge in Lake Taupo has been listed by Conde Naste Traveller (UK) as one of New Zealand’s 18 Best Wild Lodges.

Set high above Lake Taupo on a plot of land that used to be a deer farm, Acacia Cliffs is all cleverly configured angles and picture windows that capitalise on the incredible views of Mount Tauhara and the Kaimanawa ranges.

The owners, Rick and Linda Whitlock, fell in love with the lake on their honeymoon and returned seven years ago to open this modern, four-bedroom lodge. Furniture is a mix of bespoke pieces and chairs by Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier; there's a record player by the fireplace in the library and photographs of native birds in the rooms, each of which comes with its own private deck or garden courtyard.

Clucking hens appear on the doorstep and, in summer, sheep graze in the fields below. Meals are a family affair, with Rick serving up delicious, seasonal food (his lemon tart is fantastic) as everyone gathers around the large, communal dining table swapping stories about their day, which could include hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, one of New Zealand's most famous walks, borrowing mountain bikes to cycle round the lake, or swimming the incredibly beautiful Acacia Bay.

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