Resort of the week | Huka Lodge

Consistently listed amongst the top retreats in the world, Huka Lodge is surrounded by magnificent natural beauty. Set in seven hectare of park like grounds, the lodge offers an elegant welcoming haven where guests can enjoy the highest standards of comfort and hospitality.

“When Alan Pye, an itinerant Irishman, founded his no-frills fishing lodge on New Zealand’s Waikato River in the late 1920s, he couldn’t have envisioned how it would evolve by century’s end. Pye’s early patrons slept in canvas tents with slatted wooden floors and ate their catch pan-fried. These days, guests at the Huka Lodge luxuriate in roomy suites that look like they were designed by the love child of Martha Stewart and J. Peterman.”-Brendan Vaughan

The lodge’s warm interiors and antique country furniture are designed to reflect the richness of its surroundings. Due to the exceptional beauty of its location, a stay at Huka Lodge will leave you with memories of a very special place.

Dutch-born Michel comes with a reputation for superb cuisine, originality and a proven passion for creating an exceptional dining experience for those fortunate enough to enjoy his dishes.

Following his formal training in The Netherlands Michel sought to combine new challenges and work experience with travel. This allowed Michel to experience first-hand the cuisines of many different cultures as well as providing opportunities to spend time in the kitchens of great restaurants back in The Netherlands. During holidays and leave Michel would be found hard at work at de Librije (3 Michelin stars), Inter Scaldis (2 Michelin stars) and 1 Michelin star restaurants Le Cirque and Zusje.

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Set in 17 acres of park-like grounds on the Waikato River, 300 metres upstream from the famous Huka Falls near Taupo, Huka Lodge has 20 secluded suites, all positioned for maximum privacy alongside the riverbank. Guests can relax and enjoy this truly magnificent property or experience a variety of activities: world-class trout fishing, golf, skiing, white-water rafting and horse trekking. Many scenic attractions are also within walking distance.

Aaaaaaaaaah, I am dying to be here right now!

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