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Huka Falls Road PO Box 95, Taupo 3351 New Zealand
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#5 of 50 B&Bs / Inns in Taupo
Huka Lodge is New Zealand’s oldest and most celebrated luxury lodge. Set on the lush green banks of Taupo’s Waikato River, just upstream from the dramatic Huka Falls it’s easy for guests to become mesmerised by the ever-changing waterway; one moment lazy and deep, the next swirling and icy blue. Unforgettable dining champions the best local produce whilst regal suites woo with king beds and palatial baths combine with serene riverside views to create an arresting sense of place. The Taupo countryside is perfect for wilderness walks, luxurious Lake Taupo cruising, trout and fly fishing and scenic helicopter jaunts. Back at the lodge, there’s time to unwind and read a book, sip on cool drinks and take dips in the heated pool. Private dining in charming outdoor alcoves framed with topiary hedges or in the subterranean wine cellar is an unforgettable experience - always with the rumbling of the rapids in the background.
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Richar64 wrote a review May 2021
227 contributions147 helpful votes
Excellent accommodation, with each of the junior suites a separate building, with a view of the river flowing down towards the falls. Staff very friendly, helpful and efficient. Food top quality. We had breakfast, lunch, pre dinner canapes and a 5 course degustation dinner included in our tariff but only had lunch once because we weren’t hungry. The room had fruit, nuts and chocolate, all of which were included. Pre dinner drinks were included, with an excellent selection of high quality wines. Alcohol with meals was an extra cost. Grounds superb and really peaceful setting. A ten minute walk to Huka Falls. You need a car to tour around. Highly recommended place.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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1 Helpful vote
Response from Tash Little-Weastell, Sales at Huka Lodge
Responded Jun 7, 2021
Thank you Richar64 for your glowing endorsement of Huka Lodge! Creating an experience that is completely seamless and unforgettable in every way is exactly what we strive for and we couldn't do it without our dedicated team who go above and beyond. We hope to see you again sometime! Nga Mihi Team Huka Lodge
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astropig wrote a review Feb 2021
Auckland, New Zealand620 contributions274 helpful votes
Did not disappoint. Just a beautiful setting, lodgings and staff. We had 3 nights and had such a lovely time and were looked after so well. Just a small problem with the menu. We found a lot of the flavours not harmonious - in a bad way. I guess you could say it was uncomfortable food. In a lodge next to a trout stream within a few clicks of deer shooting country maybe more rustic would be better. Perhaps since Kiwis are not the target market. There are far better 5 star five dining menus in Auckland for a fraction of the cost. And what is it with the minimalist ‘canapés? Too much Fat texture and Unami I think. They look beautiful next to your cocktail but best left on the plate. Oh and the lunch time fondant was divine .... every day :)
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
hokimai wrote a review Dec 2020
Tauranga387 contributions52 helpful votes
This is hands down, one of the most amazing places, we've ever stayed at. The surroundings, the people, food are all first class. As soon as you arrive you are warmly greeted with champagne & shown around. Although a high class lodge, it has a very relaxed feel & you can wear smart casual clothing & feel comfortable We can't wait to return, this time for the weekend!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
Nzattitude wrote a review Nov 2020
Auckland, New Zealand290 contributions108 helpful votes
We had a wonderful two nights at Huka Lodge recently. It is beautifully located, nestling beside the Waikato just above the impressive Huka Falls. The room was stunning, comfortable and stylish. The food world class.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
255106Kim wrote a review Oct 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand46 contributions36 helpful votes
Stayed 2 nights here over Labour weekend. Has been on our list for a long time, and the opportunity arose when the Border closure meant access for Kiwi's was a little easier. A sensational 2 days fro the moment we arrived. Have never experienced service like it. The Lodge was full for the weekend...full of a wide range of NZérs enjoying their own backyard, and it was great to chat in the Lounge around the fire after what were 2 nights of amazing culinary excellence. Cottages are awesome, right on the river, and we've never heard the "Birdsong"like it at sunrise each morning. There were so many extra touches, each one shows why they are consistently in the Top 10 Lodges in the World. Wow...we need to get back there
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Cathy13092014 wrote a review Oct 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand9 contributions9 helpful votes
We had the pleasure of enjoying a night at this beautiful Lodge. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel like we were the only guests, handed a glass of champagne and then taken on a tour and to our room by the General Manager. The canapes and drinks were fabulous then on to a stunning five course dinner. The rooms are exquisite, the service is outstanding with delightful staff who are extremely professional but with a personality. The General Manager, Kerry is an absolutely asset to the Lodge and was so accommodating at assisting us get to the National Equestrian Centre and into Taupo, even offering to come back and pick us up ..... all after we had technically checked out. Breakfast was enjoyed in the 'queens' room and lunch outside by the fire. We didn't want to leave. Still dreaming of our wonderful experience. Thank you Kerry and your team, your super stars and showcase incredible New Zealand hospitality.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Room Tip: They're all stunning with private decks and views of the river.
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KathPete46 wrote a review Sep 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand15 contributions12 helpful votes
We went for a long-anticipated weekend and the room and lodge and grounds and staff were absolute perfection. Breakfast was wonderful, pre dinner drinks in front of the fire, lunch on the terrace; all gorgeous. But dinner...First night was nice but I honestly can't remember it - which is unlike the previous time we had dinner there, 20 years ago which I can recite, course by course because it was so fabulous. And the second night - luke-warm vegetarian; very pretty but bland, muted, and we gave up half way through. There is not much to be said for the concept of "Chef knows best" when this is the result. Would love to come back, but while this model of dining is in place, we won't be. Staff are AMAZING, though.
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Date of stay: July 2020
Wendy wrote a review Sep 2020
Auckland, New Zealand19 contributions
- Huka Lodge is hands down one of the best places we’ve been. It’s a benchmark for high quality accommodation in every aspects. - The property sits right by the Waikato River - every detail is beautiful and the very tasteful (dustless) decor just topped it off. - Service level is amazing (which is what you don’t always find in NZ). The staff remembered us by the names and went extra miles to accomodate us and our toddler. - The food was exceptional and is on par with some of the Michelin restaurants I’ve tried.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Julie C wrote a review Aug 2020
Hastings, New Zealand22 contributions11 helpful votes
From arriving to leaving we had a wonderful stay at Huka Lodge. The food,wine, service and surroundings were perfect. Most definitely will go back. Our lodge room by the river was spacious and comfortable with a relaxing feel and a great view. Lovely gardens for walks. We didn’t really need to leave the place apart from a pleasant walk to the Falls.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Tash Little-Weastell, Sales at Huka Lodge
Responded Sep 1, 2020
Dear Julie We are so glad you had a wonderful Birthday Weekend at Huka Lodge. It was a pleasure to have you stay and we cant wait to welcome you back again soon. Kind regards The Huka Lodge Team.
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yvonne b wrote a review Aug 2020
Ohope, New Zealand66 contributions28 helpful votes
From the time we arrived till we left two days later we felt like friends. Passionate people run this lodge Food magnificent Wine superb I could write so much but really it is exceptional in all areas
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Response from Tash Little-Weastell, Sales at Huka Lodge
Responded Sep 1, 2020
Dear Yvonne, We are so glad you had a wonderful stay at Huka Lodge, we look forward in seeing you again soon. Kind Regards The Huka Lodge Team.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Huka Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Huka Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Formula Challenge Racing (2.3 miles), Huka Falls tracks (0.3 miles), and Lake Taupo (2.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Huka Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Huka Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Huka Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Huka Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Incredible India Restaurant and Bar, Malabar Nepalese and Indian Kitchen, and Master of India.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Huka Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Huka Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Huka Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Huka Lodge?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Huka Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.
Is Huka Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.