In the 1920s, Irishman Alan Pye, discovered the incredible fly fishing on the reaches of the Waikato River and realised his dream to build a fishing lodge. Before long, the fame of Huka Lodge had spread to every corner of the fly fishing world. As its reputation spread the Lodge attracted such famous anglers as HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother; Charles Lindbergh; James A. Mitchener (who wrote part of Return to Paradise there) as well as many famous film stars and public figures of the time.

Conditions were spartan: the Lodge building contained Pye’s bedroom, the kitchen and large dining room. Guests slept in heavy canvas tents pitched over wooden slatted floors, however its fame and reputation grew and the visitors book read like an angler’s version of ‘Debrett’.

In 1984, the present owner Alex van Heeren fell under the same spell and his resources and passion have added luxury to the location. Today the clientele and the aura of Huka Lodge are much the same. Though the standards of the original accommodation have changed dramatically, the spirit of its hospitality remains.