Places to go: Huka Lodge, New Zealand

As my blog name suggests, lifewithharriet is about my search for new things to love, and travelling and exploring are definitely high on my list…

I’ve been to some amazing places in my life and I am pleased to say that many of them are very close to home. I love to travel overseas, but I also know that I am blessed to live in one of the best places in the world, Sydney, NSW, Australia…

And so here on lifewithharriet I am going to share as many of my favourite places as I can…if I have a photo and a good memory, I’ll post it, and hope that I inspire like minded people around the world to discover these places for themselves.

For this post I am going to share with you my trip to New Zealand in April of last year, where I stayed at the exclusive Huka Lodge, truly one of the most beautiful places in the world.

To call it a hotel does not do it justice…it’s much more than a hotel.  The natural beauty is breathtaking, and I hope some of the photos I took will capture the essence of this place.

Having said this, only a first hand experience of Huka Lodge will allow you to appreciate its unique status – I hope you get the chance.

The name is taken from the nearby Huka Falls, which you can cruise in a jet boat if the mood takes you!

A little history: Located on the banks of the Waikato River just outside Taupo on New Zealand’s North Island, the Lodge was established as a fly fishing retreat in the 1920’s by Irishman Alan Pye, and soon gained international popularity with a long list of distinguished fishing enthusiasts, despite the somewhat basic amenities.

In 1984, Alex van Heeren, the current owner, bought the property and set about creating the Lodge as it is today, luxurious to a fault and the perfect place to escape the stresses  of modern day life and leave the real world behind.

Huka Lodge is rated, for good reason, amongst the best hotels in the world by publications like Conde Naste Traveller, Tattler, Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report and of course by lifewithharriet!!

Most of the accommodation is in the form of “lodge rooms”, a name which doesn’t quite prepare you for their warmth and elegance.  They’re spacious, but small enough to feel cosy, perfectly appointed with everything you need and nothing you don’t (no TV!!), and if there is something you need that’s not in your room, the staff will get if for you if they possibly can!

For me it was a struggle between wanting to stay inside and enjoy the ambience of the room…

…and wanting to go outside and soak up the crisp country feel of this fantastic location, complete with the unbeatably homey smell of woodsmoke in the air…

The friendly staff ensured we were well looked after, nothing was too much trouble.  You could not mask the genuine smiles and service…oh and when  it came to food, they were passionate about the cuisine that was on offer, and of course, their world class wine list.

You won’t want to leave, and you WILL want to go back…

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One thought on “Places to go: Huka Lodge, New Zealand

  1. All image’s are very good…!!!

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