Topping many prestigious lists as the number one resort hotel in New Zealand, Huka Lodge has long been considered one of the best retreats in the world.
With an enviable location along the Waikato River and 17 acres of beautifully manicured grounds, guests can stay in one of 20 romantic rooms and relax and unwind with gourmet food, fine wine and attentive service. Founded by an Irishman during the 1920s, Huka Lodge holds a storied reputation as a place for the most discerning travelers.
Any stay at the lodge reminisces of a ‘home away from home’ and guests are spoiled for choice with everything from activities and menu options to room preferences and spa treatments.
HUKA LODGE LOCATION
Nestled on the banks of the Waikato River in Taupo, New Zealand, Huka Lodge is surrounded by an immense display of natural beauty. Out here, waterfalls surrender into streams, and snow-capped volcanic peaks reach to kiss cloudless blue skies. A central location in the heart of the North Island calls for a gentler climate, allowing guests to enjoy activities at essentially any time of year.
To reach Huka Lodge, you can drive 3-4 hours out of Auckland, 4.5 hours out of Wellington or one hour out of Rotorua. Scheduled flights can be booked to Taupo from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, while helicopter transfers can also be arranged to land directly on Huka Lodge’s front lawn.
Huka Lodge has three types of accommodation of which you can make your selection: 18 Junior Lodge Suites, one four-bedroom Owner’s Cottage and the two-bedroom Alan Pye Cottage. The Junior Lodge Suites boast beautiful French doors opening to the waters of the Waikato, while the Owner’s and Alan Pye Cottages each have private infinity pools, kitchens, living rooms and dens. There are also six single Escort rooms that can be used for accompanying staff or children.
The main lodge is a haven in which guests can gather over a shared meal or swap stories over a glass of wine. The grounds play host to an assortment of experiences, and you can find yourself playing croquet, swimming in the pool, mountain biking on the trails or relaxing with a massage on a whim. Whether you want to adventure or indulge, relax or relay the day’s stories, a stay at Huka Lodge is always exceptional.
Junior Lodge Suite Harmonious and deliberately simple in approach, the Junior Lodge Suites are situated along the deep green waters of the Waikato River. French doors open to a wooden terrace facing the water, while inside a king bed is dressed in the finest monogrammed bed linen and topped with feather pillows. To the back of the suite, a spacious dressing room allows for you to make yourself at home, and through that is the ensuite bathroom with twin basins, heated floors, thirsty towels and the most decadent deep bath.
Owner’s Cottage In the Owner’s Cottage, four spacious ensuited guest rooms are anchored by a fully-equipped kitchen, den and central living room and dining room that look out to a private pool. Each bedroom has a super-size king bed, comfortable chairs for lounging and a fireplace, with two facing the river and two looking out to the beautiful courtyard garden. In the courtyard, a magnificent outdoor fireplace is tucked within the environs, surrounded by lush foliage and manicured gardens that ensure guests their privacy.
Alan Pye Cottage Built on manicured lawns alongside the Waikato River, the Alan Pye Cottage boasts a cozy and intimate atmosphere with eclectic décor. Two large and stylishly-appointed guest suites have their own fireplace, walk-in dressing room and ensuite bath with twin basins, deep soaking tubs and separate showers. A magnificent open plan living room with fireplace has space for dining and relaxing, with large doors on the side opening to the river, infinity-style pool and spa tub. The kitchen is fully equipped for use throughout your stay, while a study, outdoor pavilion and private courtyard garden complete the home.
- Pre-dinner drinks and canapes
- Five-course dinner daily
- Full country breakfast
- Use of all lodge facilities
- Return transfers between Taupo Airport and the lodge