Luxury Resorts: Huka Lodge, Taupo, New Zealand

Huka Lodge, Taupo
Huka Lodge, Taupo, New Zealand – Image courtesy of Huka Lodge

Introducing Huka Lodge, Taupo

Sitting on the banks of the Waikato River and surrounded by natural beauty, Huka Lodge is regarded as one of the world’s most famous retreats, and is popular with celebrities and royalty.

Situated in 7ha of park-like grounds, the lodge has only 20 rooms, all of which are located in eight separate cottages set among mature trees overlooking the river. The rooms are spacious, light and peaceful, with slatted wooden shutters and outdoor terraces. The bathrooms come with under-floor heating, a sunken bath and separate shower.

The main lodge room, used by guests during the day and for pre-dinner drinks each evening, features a log-burning fireplace surrounded by comfortable seating with a rich warm ambience and panoramic views of the Waikato River and toward Huka Falls.

Highlights of Huka Lodge, Taupo
Tranquillity. The five-course set menu changes daily depending on what the chef decides, based on the best fresh local produce available on that day. All meals are communal seating, with some private dining available. The wine cellar holds around 25,000 bottles of renowned New Zealand and international wines. Hotel rates include pre-dinner cocktails, a five-course dinner and breakfast.

Hotel activities include: Tennis, an outside spa pool; a petanque (also known as bocce or boules) court and croquet field; fly fishing; local activities including tandem skydiving, jet boating and bungy jumping on the Waikato River; white and black water rafting on the Tongariro or Rangitaiki rivers; and hunting with a guide. Lake Taupo provides an aquatic playground with water skiing, swimming and picnicking. The Lodge can also arrange wine tours, golfing, sailing, mountain biking and hiking trips into the nearby mountains.

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Location of the Huka Lodge
Located in Taupo, in the central North Island of New Zealand, an hour’s drive from Rotorua. Huka Helicopter offers transfers from Auckland (1 hour 15 minutes), Wellington (1 hour 35 minutes) and Rotorua (25 minutes).

Best time to visit Huka Lodge
Anytime. New Zealand has a maritime climate: generally warm in the summer from December to March and never truly cold, even in winter from May to September, which is typically wet. The average summer temperature in Auckland is 20˚C, with a high of 23˚C.

About the region
Huka Lodge is surrounded by magnificent natural beauty, with spectacular cascades of water forming the Huka Falls just a short walk away on the banks of the Waikato River.

Surrounded by a trio of mountains, Mount Ruapehu, Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Tongariro, nearby Lake Taupo is home to some of the most sought-after rainbow trout in the world, as well as many isolated bays and coves fringing the lake – making it perfect for fishing, enjoying a picnic or cruising past a unique Maori rock carving.
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