The Huka Experience

The ultimate experience and ‘must do’ while staying at Huka Lodge, has to be a combination of a scenic helicopter flight over the magnificent Kaimanawa Ranges, the World Heritage site of Tongariro National Park and a scenic boat cruise on New Zealand’s largest lake. Lake Taupo was created as a result of a volcanic eruption in 181AD.

All prices quoted below are inclusive of a 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST). 

The Ultimate Huka Experience

Departing on a 6-7 hour trip you will fly either south from the Lodge to the Kaimanawa Range wilderness, with possible sightings of wild horses and Red or Sika deer. Land next to the famous Rangitikei River to view the large trophy-size Rainbow trout. Return to the lake edge via areas of volcanic activity and craters of the Tongariro National Park OR alternatively travel north via the famous Huka Falls, following the Waikato River to the Wai-O-Tapu and Waimangu geothermal regions. Land on the rim of the dormant volcano Mt. Tarawera, which last erupted in 1881. Return to Lake Taupo via some of the spectacularly lush farm and forest lands of the central North Island.

After your 1½ hour flight, join the Waianiwa, a stylish 50ft twin-diesel launch with a cruising speed of between 12-20 knots. 

This vessel will be found awaiting your arrival in a remote bay on Lake Taupo. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch and whilst cruising back to the Taupo Marina try your hand at trout fishing as you take in the spectacular scenery.

Included in your trip are – your fishing licences, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, wines and beverages and landing fees.

Clay target shooting is also available if weather conditions permit.

South –Tongariro Heritage Flight

Waianiwa (package #6)

 NZ$4,559.00 per trip for 2 guests.

 NZ$6,242.00 per trip for 3 guests.

 NZ$6,431.00 per trip for 4 guests.

North – Geothermal Wonderland

Waianiwa (package #6)

 NZ$4,654.00 per trip for 2 guests.

 NZ$6,368.00 per trip for 3 guests.

 NZ$6,558.00 per trip for 4 guests.

carvingsThe Mini Huka Experience

During your 3½ hour trip you will have a 30-minute scenic helicopter flight over the Huka Falls, Wairakei Geothermal Power Station region, Mt. Tauhara, Maori rock carvings and the northern shores of Lake Taupo.

Land at Taupo boat harbour to join the Waianiwa. Enjoy a buffet lunch onboard while cruising on the lake. Before returning to the Taupo Marina you will have an opportunity to fish the beautiful, clear waters of Lake Taupo.

The trip includes fishing licences, lunch, wines and beverages. Clay target shooting is also available if weather conditions permit.

Waianiwa (package #7)

 NZ$2,225.00 for 2 guests.

 NZ$2,990.00 for 3 guests.

 NZ$3,117.00 for 4 guests.

Atamai Cultural Experience

(Atamai: the Maori word for enlightenment, pronounced ah-tah-my).

This half or full day trip offers a unique insight into the tribal heritage of, and opportunity to meet, the extended family of your guide Te Ori Paki. As a direct descendant of the high chief of the local Ngati Tuwharetoa tribe, Herea Tukino Te Heuheu, Te Ori is well placed to share with Huka Lodge guests the spiritual significance and legends surrounding the Taupo area from his Maori perspective. Te Ori can take guests to see how the Maori language and culture are being nurtured and taught at Te Ahorangi School* and how the needs of modern Maori for their ancestral identity are being met by these local initiatives.

Te Ori can meet with guests, during pre-dinner drinks, to talk about a personal programme of interest for the following day. The Atamai Cultural Experience is exclusive to Huka Lodge guests and provides a totally authentic, contemporary cultural exchange.

* For visits to the Maori School or private homes a small gift or koha is traditional. This may take the form of a gift of money in an envelope, or a song, a food item etc. Primarily, an expression of yourself.

Half-day (4-5 hours) – with guide, includes transfers to and from Huka Lodge in private vehicle and transport for half-day.

• NZ$620.00 – half-day.

Full day (6-8 hours), for 2-4 guests – with guide, includes transfers to and from Huka Lodge in private vehicle and transport for the day. Lunch is also included.

• NZ$1050.00 – full day.