Rosewood enters the Oceania market with three Kiwi lodges

Roberston Lodges' Kauri Cliffs, Cape Kidnappers and Matakauri join elite stable

Cape Kidnappers

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts will make its Oceania debut in December 2023, lending its global brand name to New Zealand’s trio of luxury retreats operated by Roberston Lodges.

Kauri Cliffs, near the Bay of Islands; Cape Kidnappers in Hawke’s Bay and Matakauri in Queenstown, each capture New Zealand’s unique geography across the North and South Islands, and will be joining the Rosewood portfolio which numbers just over 30 properties around the world.

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The addition of Rosewood Kauri Cliffs, Rosewood Cape Kidnappers and Rosewood Matakauri underscore Rosewood’s commitment to championing storied properties in some of the most remarkable destinations around the world.

Founded by philanthropists Julian and Josie Robertson in 2001, the three resorts have garnered a reputation as some of New Zealand’s top accommodations providing bespoke and warm hospitality set against stunning backdrops. Under Rosewood’s management, the quintessential spirit of each property and the collection at large will live on, reinforced by the brand’s intuitive approach to service and experiential programming.

Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown

With great respect for the heritage of the properties and the foundation that the Robertson family has built, Rosewood will carefully preserve and sustain the friendly service style and care for native culture that have defined these destinations over the decades.

“New Zealand’s inspiring natural beauty and warm hospitality have truly captivated us, and we are thrilled to embark on this remarkable journey with Robertson Lodges” said Sonia Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of Rosewood Hotel Group.

“It is with great respect and admiration that we seek to honour the Robertson family’s original vision by further elevating the guest experience offered at each resort with Rosewood’s singular approach to ultra-luxury hospitality,” Cheng said.

“My family and I are delighted to partner with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts to continue the personal style of hotel management our parents put in place when they opened The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs over twenty years ago,” said Jay Robertson, CEO of Roberston Lodges, who himself has been either the General Manager or Managing Director of each of the properties during his career.

“Rosewood’s origin story also began with an individual family’s dream and an unwavering passion for hospitality. These are values they held on to while growing into one of the world’s most impressive hotel groups.”

“This new chapter is an exciting one as we continue to share the quintessential New Zealand experience that Robertson Lodge guests love so much,” he added.

Kauri Cliffs

Rosewood Kauri Cliffs offers 26 rooms and suites. The 6,000-acre estate features three private beaches, a sheep and cattle farm, a native forest and the Kauri Cliffs 18-hole golf course.

Rosewood Cape Kidnappers is located near Napier on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island and has 24 rooms and suites.

Rosewood Matauri is an alpine lakeside retreat, billed as an ‘adventurer’s dream’ and offering experiences all year-round. With just 13 accommodations and one dining outlet, the resort has a familial and intimate feel.

Each of the properties are currently linked with the Relais & Châteaux association of luxury hotels and restaurants.

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