Huka Lodge, Taupo, New Zealand, was founded in 1924 by a charming Irishman by the name of Alan Pye. The current lodge sits on the same location where Pye erected a series of wooden framed, canvas roof tents for his fishing camp. Here, people came to fish the waters of the Waikato River, which had a peerless reputation for dry fly fishing, and enjoy the generous hospitality of Pye and his wife, at the main lodge building.
The fame of Huka Lodge soon spread and by the mid-1930s, Pye’s fame was at its peak. Fishing flies were named after him and a New York angling club bore his name. Charles Lindbergh came to stay, James A, Mitchener wrote part of a novel there and Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of York dropped by for a spot of fishing. This was the beginning of visits by the many famous guests who were to follow.
Huka Lodge in its present incarnation as one of the world’s most legendary and acclaimed retreats, owes much to the vision of Alex van Heeren, and interior designer, Virginia Fisher, since 1984. For over 90 years Huka Lodge has welcomed those seeking a world apart from the real world, where they can relax amidst great natural beauty and enjoy an extraordinary hospitality experience.
During the weeks between now and the end of August 2016, this legendary hotel will welcome its half-millionth guest, a momentous milestone that few hotels of this boutique size can boast, and is cause for some serious celebration.
After all, this lucky guest follows in the footsteps of a veritable swathe of previous discerning guests, including H.M. Queen Elizabeth II & H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh, members of virtually all the royal families of Europe, as well as, Errol Flynn, James A. Michener, Sir Edmund Hillary, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Tilda Swinton, Bill Gates and Barbra Streisand.
While many more celebrated guests continue to join this illustrious list, these 500,000 guests have included those who have sought, and often returned to, Huka Lodge’s beautiful surrounds, stylish and elegant design, attentive service and sublime cuisine. As Huka Lodge prepares for this special event there is no doubt that this iconic property continues to define the luxury New Zealand hospitality experience.
Guests staying at Huka Lodge between now and 31 August 2016 will be eligible for recognition as its half-millionth guest, and will receive the gift of a Huka Lodge experience created especially to mark the occasion.
HUKA LODGE HALF-MILLIONTH GUEST GIFT
Accommodation for two guests, for two nights, in a riverside Junior Lodge Suite, with a chilled bottle of Louis Roederer French champagne, a Jo Malone perfumed candle and two sporty Huka Lodge caps in their suite on arrival.
Guests can settle in, relax and orientate within the 17-acres of grounds before enjoying a three-course lunch, accompanied by wine.
Two complimentary relaxing massage treatments, are available during their stay.
In the early evening guests can enjoy pre-dinner drinks and canapés before adjourning to one of over 20 private dining venues, where they will be served a superb five-course dinner.
Following a full country breakfast at leisure guests may choose to enjoy trout fishing from a private launch on the beautiful waters of Lake Taupo.
Either return to Huka Lodge for lunch or guests can take a picnic with them to enjoy while out adventuring.
In the early evening guests can enjoy pre-dinner drinks and canapés before adjourning to a private dining venues, where they will be served a superb five-course dinner.
Breakfast at leisure the following day before departure from Huka Lodge.
Huka Lodge, New Zealand and sister properties Dolphin Island, Fiji, and Grande Provence Estate, South Africa comprise The Huka Retreats, all sharing a passionate commitment to providing extraordinary hospitality experiences for their guests.