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Huka Lodge ExteriorHuka Lodge is simple superlative. It has won international recognition with Top 10 placings in worldwide surveys by Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report, Conde Nast Traveler, the Tattler Cunard Travel Guide and Forbes Business Magazine to name just a few. It began humbly as a trout fishing camp with canvas-walled huts. Built by young Irishman Alan Pye in the 1920s above the mighty Huka Falls on the Waikato River, it has become the epitome of a world-class hideaway. It was developed in its present luxurious form from 1984 by present owner Alex van Heeren.

The area is a trout angling paradise and Huka Lodge offers a complete range of guided fishing excursions from wilderness fly-fishing by helicopter and four-wheel drive to boat fishing. Hunting, horse riding, golf and a huge choice of water-borne activities are also available.

Huka Lodge ExteriorSet in 7 hectares of parkland 300 metres above Huka Falls, the lodge has just 20 guest suites facing the river and the separate and very private Huka Cottage. Built in 1937 within the grounds but almost hidden from Huka Lodge, the cottage has three double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a dining room, a lounge room and a small kitchen. It has superb views down river towards the falls. Cottage guests enjoy the full range of Huka Lodge facilities. The 20 guest suites are set under towering trees just 20 metres from the river, well away from each other and the main lodge to ensure peace and privacy. Bathrooms have glass ceilings looking up to the sky and the trees, under floor heating, a sunken bath, separate shower and twin hand basins.

Huka Lodge dining roomHuka Lodge has an elegant central dining room, but guests may choose to dine where they like within reason. A couple can choose a table in the garden or in front of the outdoor fireplace on the terrace. The Wine Cellar and the Trophy Room is also available. The Wine Cellar opposite the front entrance has a central dining area for up to 12 guests and 6 cellar chambers with 30,000 bottles of fine wine from New Zealand, France, South Africa and the United States. Executive chef Nicholas Huffman is the former owner of the multi-award winning Wheelers restaurant in Auckland. Eveningwear is elegant casual.

Huka Lodge has a totally private conference area with a meeting room for up to 20 and a private lounge, both decorated with African hunting trophies. A comprehensive range of audiovisual equipment is available, along with secretarial services if required.

Guest Service Facilities
  • Reception
  • Huka Lodge restaurantResident managers
  • Full breakfast daily included in rate
  • Five-course dinner included in rate
  • Evening cocktail hour included in rate
  • Transfers from/to Taupo Airport included in rate
  • Helicopter transfers available
  • Complete range of guided trout fishing options
  • Extensive guided tour and excursion service
  • Mountain bike hire
  • Parking
  • Gift shop
In-room Guest Facilities
  • Private bathroom with sunken bath and separate shower
  • Huka Lodge restaurantUnder floor heating in bathroom
  • Glass ceiling in bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobes
  • Power adaptors available
  • Walk-in wardrobe
  • Individually controlled heating
  • Private terrace with river view
  • Opening windows
  • Choice of King and twin-bedded rooms
  • Mini bar with refrigerator
Business Centre Facilities
  • Facsimile, photocopying facilities
  • Secretarial services by arrangement
Fitness Facilities
  • Tennis and squash courts
  • Outdoor hot pool
  • Petanque
  • In-room massage
Conference Facilities
  • Two rooms accommodating 25 to 40 theatre style
  • Three rooms with banquet seating for 10 to 30
  • Presentation and audiovisual equipment rental
  • Business centre support
Credit Cards Accepted
  • MasterCard
  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Visa
Check In / Check Out
  • 2 pm/10 am
  • Huka Falls Road, Taupo, New Zealand
  • Taupo Airport, approximately 30 minutes by car
  • Auckland, approximately 3 hours by car, 75 minutes by helicopter
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