Huka Lodge, Waikato
|271 Huka Falls Road, 3377, Taupo, Waikato, NEW ZEALAND.
Description: Huka LodgeOne of New Zealand's most iconic retreats, Huka Lodge is located on the banks of the Waikato River, just upstream from the mighty Huka Falls. Originally built in the 1920s a fishing lodge, Huka Lodge was New Zealand's first luxury lodge, and continues to offer exclusive accommodation, world-class gourmet cuisine and top-class service in an idyllic natural setting.
Surrounded by a spectacular landscape of snow-capped volcanic mountain peaks, wild tussock, lush wilderness and clear blue lakes and streams, Huka Lodge is perhaps the ultimate place to escape from the worries of the world while being pampered in the lap of luxury. On-site, the lodge boasts an outdoor swimming pool, a tennis court, a croquet lawn, while the lodge also arranges a fabulous selection of experiences and adventures in the region, including helicopter tours, jet-boat trips, horse riding, fishing or golf, among many other options.
As a member of Relais & Châteaux, gourmet cuisine comes high on the list of priorities at Huka Lodge, and guests at the lodge can enjoy everything from hearty country breakfasts to gourmet five-course dinners (with menu changing daily), presenting cuisine designed to showcase the finest locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Dining can be enjoyed in a number of venues, including the main dining room, the wine cellar, or al fresco on the terrace, with outdoor fireplaces for the cooler seasons.
Type of rooms: Huka LodgeJunior Lodge Suites:
From the finest monogrammed bed linen and feather pillows, to the freshly baked biscuits, every last detail required for guest comfort has been carefully considered at the Junior Lodge Suites French doors open onto the wooden terrace beyond and all 18 Junior Lodge Suites face the hypnotic deep turquoise green waters of the Waikato River. The bathrooms offer every indulgence as well as being spacious and light, with the most decadent deep bath, thirsty towels, heated floors, and twin basins. Dressing rooms are both large and generous in proportion, with room to truly make yourself at home during your stay. Within the extensive and beautiful grounds guests have use of a swimming pool, spa pools, tennis, croquet and pétanque courts, a library, a study and all the amenities available at the Main Lodge. Suite size 42 sq m.
The Lodge Suite consists of light, spacious, comfortable rooms. One with a super-king size bed, which can also be reconfigured into twin beds, and a lounge area with a writing desk. There is also a large walk-through dressing room as well as a beautifully detailed en suite bathroom including bath, shower, twin basins and under-floor heating. Mini-bar, with tea and coffee facilities is also available. Another connecting room offers a well-appointed lounge, with dining area. This features a cosy gas fireplace and boasts the same style of en suite bathroom as its companion room. Both rooms comprising the suite enjoy French doors that open out to an outdoor wooden terrace that spans the front of each room. From here, guests enjoy views across the lawn to the deep turquoise green, hypnotic waters of the beautiful Waikato River. The Lodge Suite is surrounded on three sides by natural bush and manicured gardens, with the river beyond. Suite size 78 sq m.
Alan Pye Cottage:
The Alan Pye 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. The Cottage boasts two large and stylishly appointed suites, with individual fireplaces, en suite bathrooms and generous walk-through dressing rooms. Both suites are superbly decorated and offer a highly considered level of comfort. The bathrooms are beautifully appointed with twin basins, deep baths, separate showers and heated towel rails. The floors are made from limestone and all enjoy under floor heating. Large and generous walk-through dressing rooms are adjacent to all of the bathrooms. A well-equipped kitchen is set up for a personal chef, and there is also a magnificent open plan living - dining room, with an open fireplace. A study is tucked away with desk, plasma flat-screen television and sound system. This room also has its own separate bathroom and can be readily converted into a single room, should it be required to accommodate an accompanying party. A heated infinity-style swimming pool and a separate private spa pool have been integrated into the outdoor landscape. There is also a fabulous stone outdoor pavilion within a private courtyard garden, featuring a magnificent fireplace. Cottage size 325 sq m with 34 sq m being the bedroom.
Huka Lodge's famed attention to detail ethos is applied to families spending time together with this great new travel package. Four superbly decorated spacious en suite guest rooms are anchored by a central living room, dining area, kitchen and den. The en-suite rooms all have super-king size beds, comfortable chairs for lounging and the romance of a fireplace in the bedroom. Two of the guest suites face the river while the other two enjoy a beautiful private courtyard garden aspect. These gardens also feature one of the magnificent outdoor fireplaces that can be found tucked away within the environs of Huka Lodge. Cottage size 364 sq m, with 30 sq m being the bedroom and 24 sq m dressing room and bathroom.
Additional information: Huka Lodge
Taupo Airport is served by a small number of domestic flights from Auckland and Wellington. Rotorua International Airport is 83,3 km from the lodge.
Free transfers are available from Taupo Airport.
Number of rooms: 18
Official category: 5 stars.
Year of establishment and/or latest refurbishment: 1924/1984/2013.
Languages spoken: English, Dutch, French, Spanish.Smoking policy: Non-smoking property.
Credit cards accepted: American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, Diners Club, eftpos.
How to get here:
From Auckland International Airport: Get on State Highway 20 in Wiri from Tom Pearce Dr and Puhinui Rd. Take the State Highway 1 S exit on the right toward Hamilton and continue on SH 1. Take exit 477 for State Highway 2 toward Coromandel Peninsula/Tauranga and continue on SH 2. Continue on State Highway 27 to Tirau. Slight left onto State Highway 1 (signs for Rotorua/Taupo/Route 1). Follow SH 1 to Thermal Explorer Hwy in Wairakei. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Thermal Explorer Hwy. Turn left onto Huka Falls Rd. Continue for 1,5 km along Huka Falls Rd to Huka Lodge, Taupo.
From Rotorua International Airport: Turn right and go south west on State Highway 30. Follow State Highway 30 and State Highway 1 to Thermal Explorer Hwy in Wairakei. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Thermal Explorer Hwy. Turn left onto Huka Falls Rd. Continue for 1,5 km along Huka Falls Rd to Huka Lodge, Taupo.
GPS Coordinates: 38° 39' 18.52'' S 176° 5' 12.27'' E
Nearest airport: Taupo Airport - 12,7km.