Brand: baillie-lodges
Star Rating: five-star
location: lake-taupo

You are invited 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.

Location and Transfers

Huka Lodge is located in Taupo, in the central North Island of New Zealand.
Driving by rental car or limousine generally takes approx 3-4 hours from Auckland, 4.5 hours from Wellington and 1 hour from Rotorua. Taupo Airport is serviced daily with domestic flights from Auckland, Wellington and other main centres. International flights are regularly scheduled via Rotorua Airport, one hour away.


Within 17-acres of magnificent manicured grounds, nestled along the banks of the Waikato River, accommodation is available within just 25 rooms.

These comprise 18 Junior Lodge Suites, one Lodge Suite and the two exclusive Huka Lodge Cottages. The Owner’s Cottage provides secluded accommodation for a maximum of eight guests within four bedrooms and the superb Alan Pye Cottage has two bedrooms for four guests.

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

The Owner’s Cottage – one of the world’s most exclusive hideaways, offering the best of both worlds, total independence and privacy as well as all of Huka Lodge’s amenities. The Owner’s Cottage at Huka Lodge sits on an elevated and sunny promontory above the spectacular Waikato River, within the grounds. Virtually completely hidden from view, this secluded hideaway enjoys stunning views downstream to the mighty Huka Falls.
Four superbly decorated spacious ensuite guest rooms are anchored by a central living room, dining area, kitchen and den. The colour palette is deliberately muted with elegant use of soft cream and caramel hues for the walls and bleached oak wooden parquet floors throughout. This all contributes to an ambience of calm restful relaxation within the Cottage

Alan Pye Cottage – the 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. Built to exacting standards and utilising the finest quality heritage materials – cedar, heart timbers, stone and brick, the cottage draws on architectural elements from the 1920s and 1930s with strong reference to the sophisticated elegance of the English Arts & Crafts movement. This influence, in a contemporary re-interpretation, clearly pervades both the exterior and interior design of the Alan Pye Cottage.
The Cottage boasts two large and stylishly appointed bedrooms with fireplaces, ensuite bathrooms and generous walk-through dressing rooms, a well-equipped kitchen, study, a heated infinity-style swimming pool and a separate private spa pool plus, a stone outdoor pavilion within a courtyard garden featuring a magnificent fireplace

Escort Rooms – 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)


Cuisine continues to define the iconic nature of the hospitality experience at Huka Lodge. Over the years Huka Lodge has consistently attracted many outstanding chefs, who present 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 the Lodge’s 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.

There are over 20 unique private dining venues at Huka Lodge. These are to be found both indoors and outdoors, and all are sublime and deliberately romantic by nature

Facilities and Activities

Heated Swimming Pool
Spa Pools
In-Room Massages & Treatments
Tennis Court
Petanque and Croquet Courts
Mountain Bikes
Helicopter Flights
Boat Cruises
Four-Wheel Drive Farm Experience
Cultural & Scenic Tours
Jet Boating
Tandem Skydiving
White Water Rafting
Bungy Jumping

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