Huka Lodge: Stay of Distinction
- 3 Days
- 3 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 1,436
On the banks of the Waikato River, enjoy a gentler taste of New Zealand on this luxury getaway.
Spend 2 nights at Huka Lodge, a sophisticated escape located just outside Taupo on New Zealand’s North Island. Spend your days exploring the Lake Taupo region or take a day trip to Rotorua’s fascinating collection of geothermal mudpools.
Huka Lodge can arrange a variety of trips and experiences to suit your interests, including helicopter flights or a scenic boat cruise on the Lake. During your down time, relax amid seven hectares of park-like grounds on the banks of Waikato River. Take a walk to help you unwind from sightseeing, or relax in a natural hot pool. Each evening, enjoy included pre-drinks and canapés before a five course dinner.
Huka Lodge is an ideal base from which to explore the inner North Island, or break up a busy sightseeing itinerary.
- 3 Days
- 3 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 1,436
Arrive Huka Lodge
Upon arrival in Taupo you will be met and transferred to Huka Lodge. Alternatively, self drive guests will make their own way to Lodge. Enjoy a special welcome and the remainder of the day is free to enjoy the lodge facilities including tennis, petanque, croquet, swimming pool complex, mountain bikes and spa facilities (own expense). Your night rate includes pre dinner drinks and canapes and a gourmet 5 course five course dinner nightly.
You are invited to enter a world where elegant and generous hospitality meets sophistication and style - creating a welcoming haven, whose reputation and awards are richly deserved. Founded in the 1920s, Huka Lodge is considered to be the iconic New Zealand retreat. Sought by ...
You are invited to enter a world where elegant and generous hospitality meets sophistication and style - creating a welcoming haven, whose reputation and awards are richly deserved. Founded in the 1920s, Huka Lodge is considered to be the iconic New Zealand retreat. Sought by the world's most discerning travellers - enjoying an unrivalled riverside location, offering superb hospitality and attentiveness as palpable as the force of the Waikato River itself. Within 17-acres of magnificent manicured grounds, nestled along the banks of the Waikato River, accommodation is available within just 25 rooms.
- Business Centre
- Conference Facilities
- Pool (s)
- Reception (24 hrs)
- Room Service
- Wheelchair Accessible Rooms
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Huka Lodge is surrounded by seven hectares of park-like grounds on the banks of the Waikato River. Within the lodge grounds you can take a leisurely stroll in the gardens or soak in the natural hot pool. Most guests will also choose one of many optional experiences such as fishing, hunting, hiking, golf our a selection of tours. The ultimate experience and ‘must do’ while staying at Huka Lodge, has to be a combination of a scenic helicopter flight over the magnificent Kaimanawa Ranges, the World Heritage site of Tongariro National Park and a scenic boat cruise on New Zealand’s largest lake. Lake Taupo was created as a result of a volcanic eruption in 181AD (additional cost)
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Depart Huka Lodge
Enjoy a delicious country style breakfast this morning before departing Huka Lodge. If flying from Taupo you will be transferred to the airport to catch your connecting flight.
Accommodation for 2 nights at Huka Lodge, pre-dinner drinks and canapes each night, gourmet 5 course dinner each night, full country style New Zealand breakfast, use of lodge facilities and return airport transfers from Taupo if required.
ABOUT HUKA LODGE:
Huka Lodge invites guests to enter a world where elegant and generous hospitality meets sophistication and style - creating a welcoming haven, whose reputation and awards are richly deserved. Founded in the 1920s, Huka Lodge is considered to be the iconic New Zealand retreat.
Experience crisp clear air, birdsong, dew on the forest floor, 17-acres of perfect peace and quiet and attentiveness to your needs. The Lodge grounds are extensively planted and blend seamlessly into the bordering Wairakei Park Reserve beyond. Lovingly nurtured and manicured, they enclose a tennis court, a heated swimming pool, spa pools, petanque and croquet courts as well as many a quiet secluded corner to contemplate nature at its most bountiful and generous.In fact, the garden at Huka Lodge is ranked as a 'Garden of National Significance' and deemed to be of regional importance by the New Zealand Gardens Trust.
LOCATION AND GETTING THERE:
Huka Lodge is located in Taupo, in the central North Island of New Zealand. The central plateau enjoys a gentle climate, a leisurely pace and spectacular landscape. Snow-capped volcanic mountain peaks, wild tussock, green and lush wilderness, the clear blue waters of lakes and streams. So many features reminiscent of other landscapes and other lands, are all contained within this one area. The Lodge’s central location ensures guests are never far from areas of interest. A ten-minute drive takes them to the township of Taupo, or a one-hour drive to nearby geothermal Rotorua. A journey through New Zealand from either north or south, will pass through Taupo offering the opportunity to experience superb hospitality at Huka Lodge.
Driving by rental car or limousine generally takes approx 3-4 hours from Auckland, 4.5 hours from Wellington and 1-hour from Rotorua.
Scheduled domestic flights travel daily to Taupo from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Helicopter transfers are available from Auckland, Wellington and Rotorua.
With just 25 rooms in total – 18 Junior Lodge Suites, one Lodge Suite, the four-bedroom Owner’s Cottage and the two-bedroom Alan Pye Cottage the Lodge offers a very exclusive hospitality experience.
JUNIOR LODGE SUITE
True retreats in every sense, the rooms are harmonious and deliberately simple in approach. Designed to allow the beauty of the landscape to dominate while providing soft light and layers of well appointed luxury.
Every last detail required for guest comfort has been carefully considered, from the finest monogrammed bed linen, to the freshly baked biscuits. The bathrooms offer every indulgence as well as being spacious and light. Dressing rooms are both large and generous
THE OWNERS COTTAGE:
One of the world’s most exclusive hideaways, offering the best of both worlds, total independence and privacy as well as all of Huka Lodge’s amenities.
The Owner’s Cottage at Huka Lodge sits on an elevated and sunny promontory above the spectacular Waikato River, within the grounds. Virtually completely hidden from view, this secluded hideaway enjoys stunning views downstream to the mighty Huka Falls.
Four superbly decorated spacious en suite guest rooms are anchored by a central living room, dining area, kitchen and den. The colour palette is deliberately muted with elegant use of soft cream and caramel hues for the walls and bleached oak wooden parquet floors throughout. This all contributes to an ambience of calm restful relaxation within the Cottage.
The Cottage displays work by some of New Zealand’s foremost artists – Max Gimblet, Mervyn Taylor, Don Binney, Paul Dibble and Dick Frizell to name a few. The entire retreat is furbished generously with unique pieces chosen for their comfort, beauty and history – like the wonderful 1920s French oak chairs in the living room.
THE ALAN PYE COTTAGE:
Named after the charming Irishman who established Huka Lodge (along with its reputation for matchless hospitality), the Alan Pye Cottage opened in late December 2008. The Cottage takes every advantage of a superb location and sits above lush rolling green lawns and manicured gardens on the banks of the Waikato River, where the powerful and hypnotic turquoise green waters surge downstream on their way to the Huka Falls.
Built to exacting standards and utilising the finest quality heritage materials – cedar, heart timbers, stone and brick, the cottage draws on architectural elements from the 1920s and 1930s with strong reference to the sophisticated elegance of the English Arts & Crafts movement. This influence, in a contemporary re-interpretation, clearly pervades both the exterior and interior design of the Alan Pye Cottage.
The Alan Pye Cottage is certain to carry on the fine tradition of generous hospitality and elegant living established by Alan Pye and his wife at Huka Lodge so long ago. A legacy that drives Huka Lodge to this day to continue to find more ways to define the experience for its guests and to make it truly extraordinary.
Huka Lodge offers a host of activities, additional charges may apply for some activities.
Tennis: Astro turf tennis court on site, a Tennis Instructor available at an additional cost
Pètanque & Croquet: Can be played in a private, secluded area near the tennis court.
Pool Complex: Comprising one swimming pool and two spa pools, with towels provided at the poolside.
Mountain Bikes: Mountain bikes and helmets are available for use.
Massage: In the peaceful surroundings and privacy of guest rooms, massage therapists can give Deep Tissue, Remedial or Soft Tissue Massages to relax tired muscles and rejuvenate the body.
Beauty Treatments: Lie back and enjoy a treatment in the comfort of your room.Facials, manicures, pedicures, hair dressing and hair treatments.
Hunting: The central North Island offers some of the best hunting in New Zealand. This is available all year round with the possibility of good trophy heads. Bird hunting is seasonal and includes pheasant, duck, and quail, turkeys are plentiful and can be hunted at any time.
Hiking: The history of this volcanic region combined with stunning scenery, fresh, clean rivers, a huge lake and strong Maori culture make it one of the most interesting areas for walking and hiking. You will need good walking boots, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, waterproof jacket and clothing appropriate to the various weather conditions.
Riding: Poronui is nested in a secluded mountain valley between Lake Taupo and the east coast plains of the Pacific Ocean. The 16,000-acre private estate combines pristine wilderness, forestry and innovative farming (with Angus breeding program, deer herd and bee-keeping) and is an ideal playground for country pursuits. The varied terrain is perfect for horse riding for both beginners and the advanced rider.
Golf: Your choice of two internationally-renowned golf courses.
Touring: A large selection of touring is available from Huka Lodge, from adrenaline inducing jetboating, skydiving, motorcar racing and rafting and bungy jumping to the more sedate, but equally as enjoyable wine themed tours, Hobbiton visits, Rotorua, White Island and Mt Tarawera touring.
DINING AND CUISINE:
Cuisine continues to define the iconic nature of the hospitality experience at Huka Lodge. Over the years Huka Lodge has been fortunate to have had many outstanding chefs, cooking superb food for its guests. The tradition of generous and fine hospitality is deeply embedded within the Huka Lodge philosophy and the quality of this bears testament to the lodges commitment.
The Main Lodge building draws guests like bees to honey. It is from here that having breakfasted well, guests either set off for adventure, or settle in a comfortable chair with a book beside a log fire.
Come evening, candles are lit, lights dimmed and the drinks set out. Guests gather to make each other’s acquaintance, share stories of their day and enjoy the superb cuisine, prepared using the finest of ingredients and complemented by exceptional wines. Service is both solicitous and seamless, designed to anticipate. There are over 20 sublime indoor and outdoor private dining venues.
25 Sep 2019