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  • Established

    1924. Guest ranch since 1984
  • Owner

    James and Hayley Baillie
  • Manager

    Kerry Molloy
  • Tel

    +64 7 378 5791
  • Nightly Rates (per adult)*

    Summer: $1,275 - $2,220
    Winter: $765 - $1,320
  • Minimum Stay

    1 day
  • Maximum Guests

    50
  • Works with travel agents?

    Yes
  • Great For

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Diverse scenery
  • Memberships

    Relais & Chateaux
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

Huka Lodge has enjoyed a location of great natural beauty, on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, since it was founded as a very simple trout fishing camp, in 1924. This legendary retreat continues to define absolute style, while offering privacy and relaxation, with authentic outdoor adventure, for those who appreciate exquisite cuisine, personal service and unique experiences.

With just 26 guest suites, including two superb private cottages, within 17-acres of magnificent grounds, this is truly an exclusive experience. Huka Lodge proudly takes its place amongst the world’s best retreats – with its reputation and awards all richly deserved.

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 0 and over

Children under five years of age stay on a complimentary basis when sharing a suite with their parents. One child is permitted per suite. Adjoining rooms (single connecting en suites) are also available to accommodate children.

Rates applicable to children are established on an individual basis, as every family has individual needs in terms of room style, dining etc.

Activities

hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, supervised swimming

Baby Sitting

From age 0 to 16. Hourly cost $TBA.

Environmental & Social Practices

Environment

A strong focus on reducing the use of plastic throughout the property with the implementation of the following:

Linen bags have been introduced to replace the plastic bags previously used for individual guest laundry requirements.

When sheets and towels are transported to and from the rooms by Housekeeping, they are done so in fabric bags, not plastic ones.

We filter and carbonate drinking water at source, and bottle in recyclable glass.

We have collaborated with the innovative company ‘For the Better Good’ and now use their recyclable water bottles made from plants.

We have had our own branded stainless steel hydro flasks made.

Plastic drinking straws have been replaced with paper versions.

We now use eco-ware wooden recycled cutlery for picnics and for food guests take away from the Lodge, in the place of plastic utensils.

Cling-film usage in the kitchen is now considerably reduced and this can only be used when there is no other possible alternative.

Bulk purchasing has proved to markedly reduce the amount of plastic packaging coming into the property.

A programme of active pest management has been in place for quite some time, with traps and baiting throughout the 17-acre grounds contributing to the elimination of introduced pests and serving to support the regeneration of native flora and fauna.

Huka Lodge sponsors an ongoing programme of opossum, stoat and rat control currently being undertaken in the redwood forest adjacent to the property.

A programme is in place within the gardens, to identify and protect against the spread of any invasive plant species that could pose a threat to the environment.

Huka Lodge supports local initiatives like Greening Taupo in their re-planting of native species of trees and shrubs to create a stronger natural environment for threatened species, via donation and labour.

Much of the planting in the extensive gardens at Huka Lodge have been chosen to provide food sources for native birds and pollen for bees.

All sprays, fertilisers and chemicals used in the gardens need to be proven to be environmentally sound before they can be used.

A secluded part of Huka Lodge’s property is home to a very successful Queen bee breeding programme, which contributes to helping ensure a brighter future for honey bees.

Our chef and kitchen team embrace the use of organic produce and natural ingredients.

Free-range produce, ethical animal husbandry and sustainable practices are sought from our suppliers, these are the first choice when purchasing produce.

All fresh fish served to our guests is purchased on the basis it is guaranteed to be sustainably harvested and by long-line method.

Community

Huka Lodge operates on the basis of recruiting staff from within the local community as its first priority, while providing a supportive and safe work environment.

We like to support local business and enterprise where ever possible in terms of the goods and services we purchase.

Huka Lodge regularly engages with and supports, the local Taupo community via donations to fund-raising efforts for local schools and a wide range of charitable initiatives.

For over 30 years Huka Lodge has hosted an annual Christmas party at the Lodge for residents of local retirement villages and rest homes. This event is always a most enjoyable occasion for all the elderly guests and for our staff.

Ranch History

A charming Irishman, Alan Pye, founded Huka Lodge, on the banks of the Waikato River, in the 1920s. The fame of this simple fishing camp soon spread all over the world and before long it became one of the best-kept secrets of the A-list.

Internationally celebrated guests found their way to Huka Lodge and enjoyed the stunningly beautiful location and the outstanding hospitality. Now, over 90 years later, Huka Lodge proudly celebrates this heritage and stays true to the values that have defined its iconic reputation.

When Alex van Heeren founded The Huka Retreats, he recognised the unique style of experience Alan Pye had created at Huka Lodge. He was intuitively drawn to preserve and honour this, while finding new ways to enhance this even further.

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  • Types of water

    Lakes, Streams, Rivers
  • Types of Fish

    Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout.
  • Fishing Experience Level

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Guided Fishing Available

    Daily Rate $2,970
  • Unguided Fishing not available

  • You can borrow

    Rods, Flies, Reels, Waders, Fishing Nets.

The Setting

Year-round fishing in the Taupo region is exciting, especially in the winter months, which is a good reason to get your feed cold and your lines tight! Whether you are new to fly fishing or an experienced angler, catch Rainbow or Brown trout in the beautiful New Zealand scenery.


The Fishing

Whether you are an experienced fly fisherman or a complete novice, you will find fly fishing both a delight and a challenge. The Taupo region has some of the best fly fishing rivers in the world and is also New Zealand’s most popular trout fishing location.

The Waitahanui, Hinemaiaia and Tongariro rivers are great attractions for keen fishermen the world over. Amongst the exquisite scenery of this lush region, anglers of any skill will enjoy this experience.

Anglers come to the local rivers to fish for spawning trout, which run up the rivers from Lake Taupo during the colder winter months. Both Rainbow and Brown trout frequent these waters and disappointments are rare.


Your fishing guide will collect you from Huka Lodge in a four-wheel drive vehicle and return you again after your excursion. Guides provide top quality rods, reels, waders and flies.


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  • Enjoy

    Gourmet
  • Alcohol

    available for purchase
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, patio, dining room (formal attire)
  • You'll definitely love

    locally grown produce, fresh daily bread
  • Dietary restrictions catered for

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, Gluten free

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 cosy 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.

Your Chef, Paul Froggatt

British-born chef Paul Froggatt initially trained in the UK and in France where his career highlights included working at Gidleigh Park Hotel* (Two Michelin-Star), Bernard Loiseau en Bourgogne*(Three Michelin-Star) and Château de Courcelles (One Michelin-Star). Paul followed this by stints at two of Singapore’s most popular leading European restaurants, San Marco and Saint Pierre*. Most recently Paul has been the Chef de Cuisine at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel's Amber Restaurant (Two Michelin Star), in Hong Kong. During his time at Amber the restaurant was voted as one of the Top 10 restaurants within the annual San Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants awards.

Lowdown

  • Address

    271 Huka Falls Road
    Taupo
    Taupo
    3377
    New Zealand
  • Remote Location

    No

Nearest Town - Taupo

Taupo has a population of 39300 (approx), and is situated 2.7 miles / 15 mins from the Ranch.

Facilities in Taupo include: grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, bank, atm, gas station, museum.

For shopping Taupo offers: small hometown necessity shops.

Nearest Airports

Taupo Domestic Airport , Taupo

Distance

7.3 miles / 15 mins

Lowdown

  • Nightly Rates (per adult)*

    Summer: $1,275 - $2,220
    Winter: $765 - $1,320
  • Minimum Stay

    1 day
  • Preferred Arrival Day

    Any day is fine
  • Preferred Departure Day

    Any day is fine
  • Style of accommodation

    Luxury 5-Star
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

Huka Lodge can cater for up to 50 guests. See below for details and indicative rates.

Room | Junior Lodge Suite

Rates (Per Person)*

Summer: $1,275 - $1,610
Winter: $765 - $890
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

Rates (Additional Info)

15% Goods and Services Tax is applicable on all rates.
Inclusions: Pre-dinner drinks and canapés, a five-course dinner daily (menu changes daily), accommodation and
full country breakfast. Use of all Lodge facilities and return Taupo Airport transfers are included.
Check-in at 2.00pm, check-out at 11am.

Minimum Stay

1 night

Description

A light and spacious bedroom features a super king-size bed (can re-configure to twin beds), made up with crisp cotton sheets and feather pillows, lounging chairs and a small table. French doors open onto a wooden terrace with outdoor chairs and the river beyond.Bathrooms are generous and feature a deep, full-size bath, separate shower, twin basins and the luxury of a heated floor. The walk-in dressing room and safe.

Rooms

20

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

safe, mini-bar, fridge, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, air conditioning


Booking Policy

NB: RATES QUOTED ARE NEW ZEALAND DOLLARS and charged on a per person, per night basis.

15% Goods and Services Tax is applicable on all rates. Included in the rates are accommodation, full country breakfast, pre-dinner drinks with canapés and a five-course dinner (menu changes daily), Taupo Airport transfers if required and full use of all Huka Lodge facilities.

Rates are subject to confirmation at the time of reservation. Rates for children are available on request. Between 20 December and 5 January, a minimum stay of two nights is required. With the exception of the Owner’s Cottage and Alan Pye Cottage where a minimum three-night stay is required.

A festive season surcharge of NZ$400 + gst per person, per night applies on 24 December (Christmas Eve), 26 December (Boxing Day), 31 December (New Year’s Eve) and 01 January (New Year’s Day). Festive season includes gifts, performances and entertainment, party decorations, French champagne and fine wines, gourmet lunches and gala dinners, excursions and activities.

Children five years and under stay free of charge when staying with their parents in the same suite. Only one child is permitted per suite.

Reservations/Payment Reservations are guaranteed upon receipt of credit card details.

Cancellations All cancellations made between 90 and 31 days prior to arrival will incur a transaction fee of NZ$250. In the event that Huka Lodge is unable to replace a cancelled reservation the following applies: Cancellations made between 30 and eight days prior to arrival incur a 50% cancellation fee for each night cancelled. Cancellations made seven days or less prior to arrival and ‘no shows’ all incur a 100% cancellation fee for each night cancelled.

Festive Period Cancellations (20 December - 05 January) All cancellations made between 90 and 61 days prior to arrival will incur a transaction fee of NZ$250. In the event that Huka Lodge is unable to replace a cancelled reservation the following applies: Cancellations made between 60 and 31 days prior to arrival incur a 50% cancellation fee for each night cancelled. Cancellations made 30 days or less prior to arrival and ‘no shows’ all incur a 100% cancellation fee for each night cancelled.

Travel Insurance We understand that your travel plans may change due to events beyond your control and we recommend you take out travel insurance that will cover cancellation fees incurred due to such circumstances.

Included in your stay

meals

Extras

Tax

15%

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  • Communications

    Wireless Internet/Wifi, telephone.
  • Business Services

    common computer.

Onsite

Outdoor Activities

mountain biking, tennis, Yoga, ATV Rentals - guided, bird watching

Water based Activities

outdoor pool, hot tub

Spa

relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, couples massage, manicures, facials, pedicures

Winter Activities

down hill skiing, snowshoeing


Highs

  • This Relais & Chateaux-associated lodge, set in an area of immense natural beauty in New Zealand, is the height of luxury if you're looking for some serious pampering on your fly fishing vacation.
  • Along with peaceful fishing experiences, there are some heart-stopping activities available for the serious adrenaline junkie, like bungy jumping, skydiving, white water rafting and quad biking. Near the lodge, there's also a state-of-the-art race track facility that hosts a driver formula challenge, where you can find out what it's like to drive a Formula Challenge single-seater race car!
  • Huka Lodge is serious about sustainability, and is committed to a dedicated path of initiatives and procedures to ensure they adopt the very best practice for the environment, community and our planet. For example, they've reduced the use of plastic and therefore plastic waste throughout the property, replanted native trees and are ensuring all chemicals and pesticides used, are approved as being environmentally friendly.
  • The Taupo region has some of the best fly fishing rivers in the world and is also New Zealand’s most popular trout fishing location. Year-round fishing is available, and both Rainbow and Brown trout frequent these waters – disappointments are rare. They also offer full- (8hrs) and half-day (4hrs) lake cruises, where most fishing takes the form of trolling, using either lures or flies, with the catch averaging around four pounds. They also offer 'Wilderness heli-fishing' if you really want to get into the wild!

Lows

  • Huka Lodge has been voted as one of the Best Luxury Family Resorts in the World and warmly welcomes families with children, but it might be worth noting that children under 16 years of age are unable to attend the pre-dinner drinks in the main Lodge or dine in the dining room.

Visitor Reviews

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A benchmark for high quality in every aspects!

We had a wonderful two nights at Huka Lodge recently. It is beautifully located, nestling beside the Waikato just above the impressive Huka Falls. The room was stunning, comfortable and stylish. The food world class.

5 stars

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