Huka Lodge

Huka Lodge has traditionally been one of New Zealand’s grandest luxury lodges. It may be a little too old-world in style for some, but there’s no doubting the quality of the service, location and gastronomy.

Stay at Huka Lodge

Oil paintings hang above faded wooden floors and tartan carpets. Antiques and quiet corners speak of the lodge’s past. Decadently rich dinners further suggest you have travelled back in time, to the grand country estate of some old and forgotten relative. New Zealand’s oldest five-star lodge is gloriously old-world, but exceptional service helps to bring Huka Lodge into today. You will be pampered here, from canapes to wine to impromptu surprises.


Beautifully secluded on the Waikato River, next to the iconic Huka Falls, away from the bustle and lights of nearby Taupo. It’s much nicer staying here than the Taupo lakeside, which is no longer the serene gem it used to be.


If you like history and vintage design then Huka Lodge is for you. It’s almost like a timewarp from the early 20th-century, with the muted tones, bleached wooden panels, enormous bath tubs and heavy bed linen. Families should take one of the private cottages which afford a lot more space.

Who is it for

This is the best hotel option around Taupo and the service is impeccable. The style is very specific though, to the point that some people will call it old fashioned. Families can book a package that includes some babysitting time. It can suit couples as well, although younger couples will probably want to look elsewhere.

Facilities & activities

This is a grand country estate and the grounds are fabulous, perfect for a quiet walk, a spot of fishing, tennis, croquet or heading off on a mountain bike. There’s a heated pool, hot tubs and spa, all in very good condition. Dinner is an event at Huka Lodge, local ingredients turned into a rich, multi-course meal with pre-dinner drinks and wine. An international golf course and wildlife reserve are only five minutes away.

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