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Huka Lodge
Ranked #4 of 41 Taupo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Boston
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15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Effortless”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014

You have undoubtedly heard of the superb Huka Lodge. We visited the Lodge for 4 days as part of a one month visit to NZ. We had heard so much about it that our expectations were sky high. The Huka Lodge exceeded these by a mile. In short, staying there is effortless. Our cottage was roomy without being too large and offered all the modern amenities unobtrusively. Each evening our dinner was served by Kate, the staffer assigned to us for our stay. By the second night, Kate knew our preferences so well we felt she was one of the family. The grounds are maintained immaculately yet we never saw a gardener or heard a mower. Every question or request was met with good cheer and promptly fulfilled. The staff was never too rushed to give us their full attention. Huka Lodge is a "Must See" on you trip to NZ.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Julatten, Australia
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58 reviews
31 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014

Huka Lodge has been on my bucket list for a very long time and I'm leaving on the list because we will be going back!! It exceeded the fairy-tale I imagined it to be. Having work in hospitality I can say the staff are some of the best in the business and an absolute credit to the hotel. The hotel and grounds are simply stunning and do yourself a favour and dine at the Jetty, it is truly magical. Thank you to all the staff for making our stay so special.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Claire B
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Wellington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2014

And forgive me quoting an old NZ marketing campaign -DON’T LEAVE TOWN UNTIL YOU HAVE SEEN THE COUNTRY
Huka Lodge is a world class venue with every detail – executed discreetly and professionally – right here in New Zealand.
For a standout thrill of our lifetime – this was the place chosen by my husband to celebrate my birthday – and driving up the verdant groomed driveway was the first of many genuine thrill moments.
Greeted at the front door by professional international staff – you are encouraged to take in hand a glass of bubbly as you wander around the frontage of the Lodge marvelling at your new surrounds and spotting wee trout in the shallows of the river – upstream from the thrilling Huka Falls.
All this, while staff are unpacking your vehicle and setting up your room – in our case we were privileged to be in the Alan Pye Cottage.
Then we were escorted at a leisurely pace through the main Lodge facilities – all very English Fishing / Hunting Lodge with a touch of Africa to celebrate the current ownership.
From here we meander through manicured leafy pathways [maintained I understand by a team of 10, and FYI never seen!] to our ultimate destination. View the Alan Pye Cottage photos online as we move into this glorious home – infinity pool and Jacuzzi – all ours and ponder if this has hosted some of the many famous and celeb guests listed on the website.
Fast forward to pre dinner drinks and the evening meal – where all 9 couples staying on that night were given choices for their dinner setting and we were lucky to get the Green Room – an outdoor hedged nook – private, leafy with chimanees stoked up all night and romantic candles all around.
The meal seemed limited in choice but each offering was visually stunning and taste sensational. Excellent wine selection from their underground cellars – also used to host dinner guests.
The facilities here are beautifully maintained and the staff are totally committed to providing all guests with exceptional service.
Waking up to the Waikato river misty and mysterious in the early morning was also incredible then enjoying a romantic room service breakfast to linger longer in our cottage – surrounded by many incredible touches, luxury bedding, full bar and beverages included with nespresso coffee machine and total privacy.
This property and surely the other two in the portfolio – Dolphin Island in Fiji and Grande Provence in Africa – should be placed on your bucket list – strive to revel in the experience that they offer. I am confident it will never be regretted. We plan to return as we have discovered that travel overseas brings some wonderment and satisfaction BUT here in New Zealand we have gems like Huka Lodge – a mere 3.5 hours drive from home - BLISS

Room Tip: upgrade for a very special occassion to the Alan Pye Cottage - incredible / romantic and private
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sian V
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Houston, Texas
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

The Huka Lodge is the ultimate romantic beautiful resort. The staff seems more interested in pleasing the guests than the guests themselves! Every night each guest chooses their own private dining area. Somehow the rooms are cleaned and freshened quickly and beautifully. Every guest feels like they are the only guests there.
The Huka Lodge is definitely WORTH it!!!

Room Tip: all suites appear to be the same with an incredible view of the river leading to Huka Falls
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 7Alexandra7
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seattle
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21 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2014 via mobile

It is difficult to describe the beauty found at Huka Lodge. Our four night experience left us speechless. It was the first stop of our three week vacation in New Zealand and from the moment the asst manager picked us up at the airport we were made to feel pampered and spoiled by their professional and warm staff. I thought I'd died and had gone to heaven as we drove onto the property. The grounds are lush, well manicured and have the feel of a secluded yet charming and country setting on the beautiful Waikato River. We felt like royalty as the manager and other attendants were there to greet us and offer a glass of crisp cold wine while touring the grounds. Our suite was large yet cozy and beautifully appointed while extremely comfortable with every detail taken into account. I even took pictures of the bathroom :) There was a reception each evening before dinner with delicious wines and cocktails along with nibbles. We had private dinners every night inside and outside -- all in different locations with fireplaces and so romantic. We dined in the private library where Queen Elizabeth had dined. A helicopter picked us up on their front lawn and took us sightseeing to witness the live volcano on White Island which was spectacular and our pilot "Di" was fantastic. Enjoyed the gorgeous golf course nearby and also went fly fishing which my husband loved. I could go on and on! Thank you Keri and to every single wait staff person...you are what complete the experience. And a special thank you to Lyall who was our adorable driver several times and very kind and helpful when driving us to the airport. We will definitely be back!! Best wishes Huka Lodge...you have our accolades!

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank curtdiloveitaly
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MediaManagerSA, Guest Relations Manager at Huka Lodge, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
Dear curtdiloveitaly

First of all I want to thank you for your very kind words, but also your detailed feedback and review after your recent stay at Huka Lodge.

We always appreciate any feedback from our Guests, but yours was so delightful, that I had to read it twice!

The whole team at Huka Lodge work incredibly hard at creating the finest experience possible, and when we get feedback such as yours - it really makes it worth the effort and motivate the us to keep up the high standard.

We can't wait to serving you in the future.

Kind Regards

Karien van Heeren
Social Media & Online Marketing
The Huka Retreats
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Buckinghamshire
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110 reviews
64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2014

It is several years since I first heard of Huka Lodge and on arrival my expectations were very high.
We ever warmly welcomed by the Manager and shown onto the terrace which has great river views. After a cold glass of Chardonnay and time to recover from the journey we were shown round the Lodge and to our room. The room was exceptional, spacious with a great bathroom and a very comfortable bed. A path led down to the river and well placed sun loungers.
Pre dinner drinks and delicious canapés were served in the lounge before people were shown to the separate dining areas. Food was delicious and although choice was limited they were happy to accommodate dietary requests. After a good nights sleep we enjoyed a tasty breakfast with a combination of buffet and cooked to order items.
Throughout our stay the staff were friendly, well-trained and prepared to go the extra mile to ensure that guests had a good stay. 3 nights was not long enough to do this amazing lodge and the surrounding area justice. I have stayed in some great places and I have to say that Huka is among the best.
2 things that I think could improve the lodge: the addition of a small gym and dinner service could be a little quicker, especially the first 2 courses.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Lucyleopard
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31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014 via mobile

Loved everything about this place. The most beautiful grounds, rustic lodge evolved into super luxury.
4 days away from the kids, excellent food , great service, rooms to die for. Fly fishing nirvana. One day I missed breakfast to go out with a fly guide early. They kindly cooked me up a private storm on return.
We will be back.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Marklee15
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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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