Huka Lodge lies within 17 acres of manicured grounds. With just eighteen Lodge Rooms, one suite and two private cottages, rooms are all within gaze of the Waikato River’s deep turquoise water. Over 20 private dining venues all truly sublime and deliberately romantic, offer both indoor and outdoor opportunity for seclusion and ambience. Cuisine continues to define the legendary hospitality of this iconic property with the superb five-course dinner often being the end to a perfect day. 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.
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True retreats in every sense, the Lodge Room Suite is harmonious and deliberately simple in approach. The unites are designed to allow the beauty of the landscape dominate while providing soft light and layers of well-appointed luxury. 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 generous.
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The Owner’s cottage may be considered as one of the world’s most exclusive hideaways, offering the best of both worlds, total independence and privacy as well as all of Huka Lodge’s amenities. The Owner’s Cottage sits on an elevated and sunny promontory above the spectacular Waikato River, within the grounds. Virtually completely hidden from view, this secluded hideaway enjoys stunning views downstream to the mighty Huka Falls. Four superbly decorated spacious ensuite guest rooms are anchored by a central living room, dining area, kitchen and den. The color palette is deliberately muted with elegant use of soft cream and caramel hues for the walls and bleached oak wooden parquet floors throughout. The ensuite rooms all have super-king size beds, comfortable chairs for lounging and the romance of their own fireplace. Two of the guest rooms face the river while the other two enjoy a beautiful private courtyard garden aspect. A large outdoor deck extends in a continuous line from the living room until it meets the amazing cantilevered infinity pool. The grounds within the Owner’s Cottage also feature a heated spa pool, outdoor furniture suitable for dining, sunbathing, reading or a quiet nap.
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The Alan Pye Cottage takes every advantage of a superb location and sits above lush rolling green lawns and manicured gardens on the banks of the Waikato River, where the powerful and hypnotic turquoise green waters surge downstream on their way to the Huka Falls. Built to exacting standards and utilizing the finest quality heritage materials – cedar, heart timbers, stone and brick, the cottage draws on architectural elements from the 1920s and 1930s with strong reference to the sophisticated elegance of the English Arts & Crafts movement. This influence, in a contemporary re-interpretation, clearly pervades both the exterior and interior design of the Alan Pye Cottage. The Cottage boasts two large and stylishly appointed bedrooms, with fireplaces, ensuite bathrooms and generous walk-through dressing rooms. A heated infinity-style swimming pool and a separate private spa pool have been integrated into the outdoor landscape. There is also a fabulous stone outdoor pavilion within a courtyard garden featuring a magnificent fireplace.
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 the Lodge’s commitment. Private dining can be arranged throughout the entire resort; in the Main Lodge, the Library, the Study, on outdoor terrace, in the Trophy Room, the Wine Cellar, the Jetty Pavilion, the River Terrace, outside in the grounds, the orchard and in the Green Room.
Dining with your own personal chef is possible in many areas within the Owner’s Cottage (dining table, terrace or outdoor fireplace for 2-10 guests).
Dining options at the Alan Pye Cottage with personal chef for up to 8 guests include the cozy outdoor fireplace pavilion, the terrace beside the infinity pool, the indoor dining table and the lawn within the courtyard.
The Lodge grounds are extensively planted and blend seamlessly into the bordering Wairakei Park Reserve beyond. Lovingly nurtured and manicured, the Huka Lodge offers an enclose a tennis court, a heated swimming pool, spa pools, petanque and croquet courts.