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Huka Lodge
Ranked #4 of 41 Taupo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
new jersey
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26 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Just perfect”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2013

After reading the other reviews, we can't agree more. From the welcome you receive, the unbelievably beautiful grounds, the rooms that are so special, the great food and wines, to the individualized attention to every detail, it just doesn't stop. They know how to make you feel special. We've travelled all the the world and stayed in some unbelievable places. This place is tops! Where else is a hot water bottle waiting for each of you, when you're cold and tired, and getting into bed? Enough said!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Eden, Utah
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123 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2013

Incredible location, incredible service. The property; right on a gorgeous river, manicured lawns, private nooks for dining, tennis court to die for, heated pool, shady tropical walks, cozy yet elegant lodge with many private places to relax, and all VERY private. Could NOT be better. The service, from the warm welcome, to planning any kind of excursion, suggestions, always available always cheerful. Very attentive and very discrete staff. This is a very expensive resort, and if there is something to be learned here, it is that while money may not buy happiness, it can buy beauty and service. While staying there we felt like we were under a golden umbrella. My husband helicoptered in for fishing, and caught a 5 lb rainbow, among other smaller fish and got a great picture of it. Golf was near and a gorgeous course. All in all - perfect, and we will be back.

Room Tip: There is not a bad room, but some are a pretty good walk from the lodge. Perhaps closer would be bet...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Singapore
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27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2013

Our visit to Huka Lodge was all that it promised and more. The welcome was warm and genuine. We were thoroughly spoilt for choice during our stay and the attention to detail was obvious. this is truly a place for the discerning traveller. All the meals were off a high standard and hearty. The views and ambience were amazing thanks to the excellent location and weather. we were spoilt for choice when it came to the several well appointed dining locations and i must say the privacy and service were of a high standard. The junior suites were luxurious and very private.
I had a fly fishing lesson on the lawn which resulted in me landing two brown trout on the river. This needless to say made my holiday and i was hooked.
Our stay was truly an experience and worth the price.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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230 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2013

From our initial greeting until our final goodbys, we felt catered to in a genuine yet unpretentious way. The setting of the lodge is exquisite. It sits perched on a green slope overlooking the Huka River. One can see trout swimming and jumping out of the river! The accommodations are sumptuous and private. The food is as good as any 5 star restaurant. Louie, the manager of the Huka Lodge, could not be nicer or more helpful. He runs a 7 star lodge! One thing we had never experienced was choosing where you wanted to dine on the property. One night we ate down by the river seated in a small pavilion with candlelit chandeliers! Another night we sat outside with two other couples in the garden with an outside fireplace keeping us warm. I could go on and on. Just take my word and experience the Huka Lodge!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lake Arrowhead, California, United States
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66 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2013

This place is not to be believed. The exceptional service that begins the moment you arrive continues until the (very sad) moment you depart. Each and every staff member endeavors to make your stay as beautiful and memorable as possible. There are endless choices for private dining areas, and we took advantage of several. The food is five star plus. We celebrated our daughter's 18th birthday while there and the presentation and attention to her was overwhelming. The room are luxurious beyond belief. Really, if you cannot be happy here, it is simply not possible! It is a slice of heaven, and we greatly anticipate a return visit.

Room Tip: All rooms are phenomenal.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cheltenham, England
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141 reviews
58 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2013

Many luxury hotels we have visited claim to be "one of the best in the world" and Huka Lodge certainly deserves to make this claim. It is a fantastic combination of understated luxury and a magical setting. The highest care is taken to make every detail of your stay just perfect from the moment you arrive, the setting next to the Huka river and rapids is stunning, the lodge and rooms just beautiful and the service and food fantastic.

You can choose from a number of locations around the lodge where you would like to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner so a stay of more than one night can still be varied.

Our regret was that we only stayed one night at this beautiful place, it is one of the best residences we have ever visited.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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gaea, Social Media & Guest Relations at Huka Lodge, responded to this review, 18 February 2013
Dear Smith025

Thank you for taking the time to write a review after your visit to Huka Lodge. We appreciate the effort, but also your kind and positive words.

I am delighted to hear that you had a memorable experience, appreciated our beautiful setting, and enjoyed your stay!

I agree with you that one night is not enough and therefor we would love to welcome you back when you are visiting this beautiful part of the world again.

Safe Travels!

Yours Truly

Karien van Heeren
Social Media & Guest Relations
The Huka Retreats
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Nantucket, Massachusetts
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141 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2013

The quality of service at Huka Lodge defies belief. The property is stunning, with every detail perfect. Guests' wishes are executed effortlessly. While we wanted to explore the area, we were reluctant to leave the property because it was so wonderful.

Room Tip: You can't go wrong - ANY room is perfection with pastoral, idyllic views. It's an oasis.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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gaea, Social Media & Guest Relations at Huka Lodge, responded to this review, 18 February 2013
Dear NantucketJoe

What a delightful review! Thank you very much for taking the time to pen down your thoughts.

We were happy but also flattered to read that you were reluctant to leave the Lodge even though the area is so beautiful with amazing activities in the area! Its great to hear that our guests appreciate our unique setting, but also service that we try to maintain to the highest level.

Be sure that your kind words and comments had been filtered to all staff involved.

I hope you will return next time when you visit New Zealand, and be assured that it will be our pleasure to welcome you back at Huka Lodge.

In the meanwhile, I wish you a wonderful week ahead.

Kind Regards

Karien van Heeren
Social Media & Guest Relations
The Huka Retreats
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Additional Information about Huka Lodge

Property: Huka Lodge
Address: Huka Falls Road | PO Box 95, Taupo, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 41 B&Bs / Inns in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Huka Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 20
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