Welcome to Huka Lodge
We invite you to enter a world where elegant and
generous hospitality meets sophistication and style
- creating a welcoming haven, whose reputation and
awards are richly deserved.
Founded in the 1920s, Huka Lodge is considered to be
the iconic New Zealand retreat. Sought by the
world’s most discerning travellers – enjoying an
unrivalled riverside location, offering superb
hospitality and an attentiveness as palpable as the
force of the Waikato River itself.
Enter through the gates of Huka Lodge and
immediately begin to leave the real world behind. As
guests journey the length of the drive and encounter
the park-life grounds, a feeling of peace and
tranquillity begins to gently envelop them.
That very first glimpse of the deep turquoise green
waters of the Waikato River brings further
affirmation of the potential that awaits.
The Lodge & Environs
Experience crisp clear air, birdsong, dew on the
forest floor, 17-acres of perfect peace and quiet
and attentiveness to your needs as palpable as the
force of the mighty river itself.
The Lodge grounds are extensively planted and blend
seamlessly into the bordering Wairakei Park Reserve
beyond. Lovingly nurtured and manicured, they
enclose a tennis court, a heated swimming pool, spa
pools, petanque and croquet courts as well as many a
quiet secluded corner to contemplate nature at its
most bountiful and generous.
Families with children are welcome at Huka Lodge and
you will find their needs are well provided for. The
Lodge Suite and both the private cottages are
particularly suited to family holidays.
Children under five years of age are complimentary
when sharing a room with their parents. One child is
permitted per room. Escort Rooms are also available
to accommodate children.
Please note that children under 16 years of age are
unable to attend pre-dinner drinks in the main Lodge
or dine in the dining room. We offer a large variety
of private dining venues for families and are able
to arrange baby sitters for younger children, so
parents are able to dine separately.
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With just 25 rooms in total – 18 Jnr Lodge Suites,
one Lodge Suite, the four-bedroom
and the two-bedroom
Alan Pye Cottage
the Lodge offers a very
exclusive hospitality experience.
|Junior Lodge Suites
True retreats in every sense, the rooms are
harmonious and deliberately simple in
approach. Designed to allow the beauty of
the landscape to dominate while providing
soft light and layers of well appointed
Every last detail required for guest comfort
has been carefully considered, from the
finest monogrammed bed linen, to the freshly
baked biscuits. The bathrooms offer every
indulgence as well as being spacious and
light. Dressing rooms are both large and
There are a total of six Escort Rooms
available at Huka Lodge. These are very
simple single rooms designed for children
travelling with parents, for accompanying
staff such as nannies, personal security,
These rooms contain a single bed, wardrobe
unit, bedside table, desk and en suite
bathroom with shower and toilet only (no
The four Lodge Escort Rooms are located with
three being adjacent to Jnr Lodge Suites 13,
16 & 19 and one interconnecting to Room 4.
The two Owner’s Cottage Escort Rooms are
sited independently, however they are in
very close proximity to the Cottage.
Dining & Cuisine
Cuisine continues to define the iconic nature of the
hospitality experience at Huka Lodge. Over the years
Huka Lodge has been fortunate to have had many
outstanding chefs, cooking superb food for its guests.
The tradition of generous and fine hospitality is deeply
embedded within the Huka Lodge philosophy and the
quality of this bears testament to our commitment.
Main Lodge building draws guests like bees to honey. It
is from here that having breakfasted well, guests either
set off for adventure, or settle in a comfortable chair
with a book beside a log fire.
Come evening, candles are lit, lights dimmed and the
drinks set out. Guests gather to make each other’s
acquaintance, share stories of their day and enjoy the
superb cuisine, prepared using the finest of ingredients
and complemented by exceptional wines. Service is both
solicitous and seamless, designed to anticipate.
Over 20 sublime indoor/outdoor private dining venues
offer ambiance and romance
Panoramic views of the beautiful river, log fire
and an antique table for two tucked into a
private corner of this warm and richly
A cosy book-lined room with a table in front of
the log fire offers a high level of seclusion,
suitable for 2-10 guests.
An antique drop-leaf table can be set up for 2-4
guests and faces an elevated view of the river –
cosy and intimate.
The very first outdoor fireplace at Huka Lodge,
now one of many, this area is very sheltered and
can be used for semi-outdoor dining over more
than just the summer months. Can seat 2-8,
located just off the Main Lodge Room.
|The Trophy Room
This room was designed for many configurations
so can accommodate a large group of up to 20
diners or a table for 2 guests in front of the
fire. Two terraces provide opportunity for an
outdoor table for 2-4, also with river views
downstream towards the Huka Falls.
|The Wine Cellar
A spacious underground chamber lined with fine
vintages can seat 2-10 guests within the central
The romantic private side chambers are perfect
for a table for 2 guests.
On a stone terrace looking to the river, outdoor
dining is available for 2 couples at 2 separate
tables – divine in summer.
On the bank of the deep turquoise-green waters
of the Waikato River, the pavilion can seat 2-6
guests. The clever use of a mirror ensures that
whatever side of the table you sit on, you can
enjoy the river.
With its own outdoor fireplace this intimate
area can cater for 2-4 guests in comfort and
style. Close to the Main Lodge building with
dramatic views of the river and gardens.
|In the Grounds
A table for two under the stars, within 17-acres
of manicured grounds is always possible.
On top of the wine cellar is a small orchard of
heirloom fruit trees – plums, apples, figs,
quince etc and two outdoor fireplaces,
supplemented by chiminea with two tables that
can seat 2-6 guests.
On outdoor ‘room’ with three sides completely
enclosed by clipped green ‘walls’ comprised of
evergreen hedging. Views to the river and
chiminea – perfect for 2-6 diners.
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