More than half a century ago, a young Irishman, Alan Pye, heard word of the angler’s paradise and made his way to Taupo. He was captivated by the bounty of both lake and river and immediately procured land on the banks of the Waikato River. Here he built four simple canvas clad huts on a bend of the river above mighty Huka Falls. Huka Lodge soon established a reputation for fine food and hospitality amidst great natural beauty and tranquility.
From these humble beginnings Huka Lodge grew into one of the world’s most famous retreats and now takes its place as a member of the exclusive association, Relais & Chateaux, sharing a dedication to creating a place apart from the world, but with the highest standards of comfort and hospitality.
Fishing takes place in the surrounding lakes and rivers. Fly fishermen are picked up each morning by their guides in 4WD vehicles and transported to the very best brown and rainbow trout fishing the North Island has to offer. Helicopter fly-outs are also available to some of the more remote rivers. Trolling for big rainbows in the Lake Taupo is also very exciting. There is also fishing in the Waikato adjacent to the lodge. The Taupo area is unique in that it offers excellent fishing both during the New Zealand summer and winter months. For the non-fishers, activities include leisurely strolls amongst the gardens, soaking in the hot pool, tennis, and just relaxing. Activities such as swimming in Lake Taupo, golf, horseback riding sailing, sightseeing, visits to local craftsmen, and river rafting are also available Delicious hamper lunches are prepared for these outings.
The main lodge has an understated elegance and is a welcoming haven for guests returning from the days activities. Gathering around in the evening, amidst the blazing log fires with a drink or two and the story of the day, are certainly a highlight. The rich warm floors and country antique furnitures are complemented by woven wool fabrics and carpets designed to reflect the richness of Huka Lodge’s surroundings. The intense deep greens and blues echo the river and the forest and touches of red mirror the Southern sunsets.
Afterwards anglers gather with fellow guests in the candle lit dinning room for a truly memorable experience. The standard of Huka Lodge’s cuisine is outstanding and showcases the very best of New Zealand’s food and wine. Each individual dish a wonderful combination of flavor. color, texture and taste. The fine meals continue with breakfast with croissants, pastries and muffins, baked while the guests sleep. Fresh fruit and preserves and the most tempting selection of cooked breakfast combinations.
Huka Lodge is set on seven hectares (17 acres) of park-like grounds and has but seventeen guests suites with river views. These are tucked along the riverbank for privacy and enclosed by towering trees. Each suite offers every comfort from fully stocked mini-bar to walk in dressing room and are light, spacious and very peaceful.
Season: Year around.
No of guests: 34.
Conference and meeting facilities: Yes.
Golf available: Yes. Hunting: Yes.
Non-fishing activities: Yes.
Getting there: Transfer from Taupo.
Huka Lodge Example Rates – subject to change by operator
per person, per night
|April 1 – April 30 Single: NZ$ 1,415.00 Double or twin: NZ$ 940.00 Suite: NZ$ 1,695.00 Triple: NZ$ 750.00||May 1 – Sept. 30 Single: NZ$ 1,095.00 Double or twin: NZ$ 730.00 Suite: NZ$ 1,270.00 Triple: NZ$ 635.00|
|October 1 – 14 December Single: NZ$ 1,415.00 Double or twin: NZ$ 940.00 Suite: NZ$ 1,695.00 Triple: NZ$ 750.00||Dec. 15 – March 31, 2008 Single: NZ$ 1,840.00 Double or twin: NZ$ 1,310.00 Suite: NZ$ 2,430.00 Triple: NZ$ 1,060.00|
Note: Surcharge of $277.00 per person plus 12.5% GST apply at Christmas Day and New Years Eve.
A minimum three night’s stay is required between Dec. 22 and Jan. 2.
Prices DO NOT include 12.5% New Zealand Goods and Service Tax
Rates include: Pre-dinner drinks which begin in our Lodge Room at 6:30 PM, five course dinner, accommodation, full country style breakfast, use of all lodge facilities and round trip Taupo Airport transfers.
Facilities available for guests use at the lodge include the library, spa pool, petanque court, and all-weather tennis court with racquets and balls supplied and both spin cast and fly fishing rods. If you enjoy golfing, Wairakei International Golf Course is only five minutes drive away.
The Guest Recreation Sheet is also available detailing a range of activities Huka Lodge can organize for you in the Taupo district.