Huka Lodge against the water

Huka Lodge

Taupo, New Zealand


As New Zealand’s oldest and most celebrated luxury lodge with a storied fishing past, Huka Lodge is an excellent destination offering world-class angling paired and an incredible array of activities to showcase the very best of New Zealand.

Key Features

  • 20 guest suites plus two exclusive owners’ residences
  • Facilities include a heated outdoor pool and hot tubs, spa and gym, croquet lawn, and tennis and pétanque courts
  • Enjoy the surrounding Taupo countryside on walks, or use helicopters and four-wheel drive vehicles to head deeper into the wilderness where nearby Lake Taupo offers bungy jumping, waterskiing and white water rafting
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This historic lodge sits prettily on the lush green banks of the mighty Waikato River, just upstream from the dramatic Huka Falls, and within 17 acres of manicured grounds. Walking into Huka Lodge feels like walking into the country dwelling of a glamorous relative. Communal areas are adorned with antiques and furnishings collected from around the world. The colour scheme is largely neutral and calming, with rich deep green and blue accents and tartan referencing New Zealand’s close relationship to Scotland as well as the lodge’s original sporting purpose: fishing.



There are 20 guest suites here, elegantly decorated in muted tones and wooden panelling, opening out onto patios that make the most of the spectacular location.

For those looking for a little more privacy, there are two additional owners' residences, the Alan Pye Cottage and Alex van Heeren Cottage. These two cottages are perfect venues for gatherings of friends and family and can be found dotted along the banks of the Waikato River. Both offer private pools and verdant gardens as well as dramatic river views.


Huka Lodge’s dining options are exceptional. A daily-changing menu champions stand-out local produce and is complemented by a vast wine cellar of premium vintages. Choose to dine in the restaurant in the company of sparkling river views, in the subterranean wine cellar, or in one of the many charming outdoor alcoves dotted around the gardens.

Private dining by the river


Spend your days making the most of the extensive facilities, relaxing in the heated outdoor pool, hot tubs, and spa, or going head-to-head on the croquet lawn and tennis and pétanque courts. Beyond the gardens, the Taupo countryside is perfect for walks with helicopters and four-wheel drive vehicles on hand to take you deeper into the wilderness. For adrenaline lovers, nearby Lake Taupo offers bungy jumping, waterskiing and white water rafting. For those visiting in the winter, Huka Lodge is a great base for skiing with great slopes just a short trip away.

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Why we love it

Founded as a fisherman’s camp in 1924, Huka Lodge has angling at its heart. Building on this ever since, the lodge has garnered a stellar reputation for fly fishing with access to a choice of 23 streams and rivers nearby. Head out to test the waters of this world-famous trout fly fishing area, or try your hand at spin fishing.

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