www.hukalodge.co.nz – The Huka Retreats
Elegant and generous hospitality meets sophistication and style!
Huka Lodge, Taupo, New Zealand was originally built in the 1920s as a fishing lodge by Irishman and avid fly fisherman, Alan Pye, after his discovery of fabulous fly fishing on the Waikato River. Amenities were sparse with only a kitchen, dining room, and Pye’s bedroom. Guest rooms were heavy canvas tents pitched over wooden slatted floors. But visitors were not deterred by this and as Huka’s reputation grew, so did the clientele. Huka Lodge was purchased in 1984 by present owner Alex van Heeren who has added luxury to the lodge while maintaining the original spirit. Notable anglers who have spent time at the lodge are HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Charles Lindbergh, and James A. Mitchener…and one of the Bette Boomer founders!
Here are some photos of our trip in 2000. We dined in both the trophy room and the wine cellar. The fishing was spectacular – as advertised when one travels to New Zealand! The fish are huge and the guides are particularly adept at finding them. This is a very special spot and highly recommended.
Baby boomers will love the 17 acres of extensively planted, manicured lawns that border the Wairakei Park Reserve and enclose a tennis court, swimming pool, spa pools, petanque, and croquet courts. Fishing, hunting, hiking, horseback riding, and golf are available, but the must do activity is The Ultimate Huka Experience consisting of a scenic helicopter flight over the inspiring Kaimanawa Ranges, the World Heritage site of Tongariro National Park and a scenic boat cruise on New Zealand’s largest lake, Lake Taupo, which resulted from a volcanic eruption in 181AD. The trip includes fishing license, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, wines, beverages and landing fees. Clay target shooting is also available depending on the weather. Return to the lodge to enjoy casual or private dining in The Orchard, full of heirloom fruit trees and situated on top of the wine cellar, or The Trophy Room with river views downstream toward the Huka Falls.
Accommodations consist of 25 rooms. There are 18 Junior Lodge Suites harmonious with the landscape and simple in approach. Perhaps The Owner’s Cottage suits you better. This secluded hideaway is virtually hidden and you will love the views of the majestic Huka Falls. Relax in 1920s French oak chairs while surrounded by displays of work by some of New Zealand’s premier artists. The Alan Pye Cottage utilizes only the finest quality heritage materials – cedar, heart timbers, stone and brick, and draws upon its architectural elements from the 1920s and 1930s. The Escort Rooms are designed for parents travelling with children and their accompanying staff. Log onto this website and check out upcoming events as some are complimentary to guests and follow them on Facebook!