Huka Lodge's Half-millionth Guest

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General Manager, Kerry Molloy (centre) flanked by Pip and Sharon Kempthorne

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Alan Pye with guests, 1920s

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H.M. Queen Elizabeth II and Alex van Heeren at Huka Lodge

Huka Lodge, was founded in 1924 by a charming Irishman, by the name of Alan Pye. The current lodge sits on the same location where he erected a series of wooden framed, canvas-roofed 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 has welcomed its half-millionth guests, a momentous milestone that few hotels of this boutique size can boast, and is cause for some serious celebration.

After all, these lucky guests follow 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, 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 half a million 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 celebrates this special event there is no doubt that this iconic property continues to define the luxury New Zealand hospitality experience.

Congratulations to Mr Pip Kempthorne and his wife, Mrs Sharon Kempthorne, who receive the gift of a definitive Huka Lodge experience created especially to mark the occasion.

This includes a complimentary stay for Mr and Mrs Kempthorne for two nights in the exclusive Alan Pye Cottage, French Champagne on arrival and to celebrate the Lodge’s unique heritage, fly-casting lessons in its magnificent 17 acres of grounds and a boat cruise on Lake Taupo with lunch, provided by Chris Jolly Outdoors.

Mr and Mrs Kempthorne will also enjoy a full country breakfast, daily, and 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 nightly.