Huka Lodge Lake Taupo
Welcome to Huka Lodge
We invite you 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 an attentiveness as palpable as the force of the Waikato River itself.
Enter through the gates of Huka Lodge and immediately begin to leave the real world behind. As guests journey the length of the drive and encounter the park-life grounds, a feeling of peace and tranquillity begins to gently envelop them.
That very first glimpse of the deep turquoise green waters of the Waikato River brings further affirmation of the potential that awaits.
The Lodge & Environs
Experience crisp clear air, birdsong, dew on the forest floor, 17-acres of perfect peace and quiet and attentiveness to your needs as palpable as the force of the mighty river itself.
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.
Families with children are welcome at Huka Lodge and you will find their needs are well provided for. The Lodge Suite and both the private cottages are particularly suited to family holidays.
Children under five years of age are complimentary when sharing a room with their parents. One child is permitted per room. Escort Rooms are also available to accommodate children.
Please note that children under 16 years of age are unable to attend pre-dinner drinks in the main Lodge or dine in the dining room. We offer a large variety of private dining venues for families and are able to arrange baby sitters for younger children, so parents are able to dine separately.
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With just 25 rooms in total – 18 Jnr 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 Suites
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.
There are a total of six Escort Rooms available at Huka Lodge. These are very simple single rooms designed for children travelling with parents, for accompanying staff such as nannies, personal security, drivers etc.
These rooms contain a single bed, wardrobe unit, bedside table, desk and en suite bathroom with shower and toilet only (no baths).
The four Lodge Escort Rooms are located with three being adjacent to Jnr Lodge Suites 13, 16 & 19 and one interconnecting to Room 4.
The two Owner’s Cottage Escort Rooms are sited independently, however they are in very close proximity to the Cottage.
Dining & 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 our 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.
Over 20 sublime indoor/outdoor private dining venues offer ambiance and romance
Panoramic views of the beautiful river, log fire and an antique table for two tucked into a private corner of this warm and richly atmospheric room.
A cosy book-lined room with a table in front of the log fire offers a high level of seclusion, suitable for 2-10 guests.
An antique drop-leaf table can be set up for 2-4 guests and faces an elevated view of the river – cosy and intimate.
The very first outdoor fireplace at Huka Lodge, now one of many, this area is very sheltered and can be used for semi-outdoor dining over more than just the summer months. Can seat 2-8, located just off the Main Lodge Room.
This room was designed for many configurations so can accommodate a large group of up to 20 diners or a table for 2 guests in front of the fire. Two terraces provide opportunity for an outdoor table for 2-4, also with river views downstream towards the Huka Falls.
A spacious underground chamber lined with fine vintages can seat 2-10 guests within the central chamber.
The romantic private side chambers are perfect for a table for 2 guests.
On a stone terrace looking to the river, outdoor dining is available for 2 couples at 2 separate tables – divine in summer.
On the bank of the deep turquoise-green waters of the Waikato River, the pavilion can seat 2-6 guests. The clever use of a mirror ensures that whatever side of the table you sit on, you can enjoy the river.
With its own outdoor fireplace this intimate area can cater for 2-4 guests in comfort and style. Close to the Main Lodge building with dramatic views of the river and gardens.
|In the Grounds
A table for two under the stars, within 17-acres of manicured grounds is always possible.
On top of the wine cellar is a small orchard of heirloom fruit trees – plums, apples, figs, quince etc and two outdoor fireplaces, supplemented by chiminea with two tables that can seat 2-6 guests.
On outdoor ‘room’ with three sides completely enclosed by clipped green ‘walls’ comprised of evergreen hedging. Views to the river and chiminea – perfect for 2-6 diners.
This accommodation is available as part of on of our Custom Itineraries or holidays, please visit our home page to learn more about how we can help you with your holiday.
For the private luxury retreats at Huka Lodge please see