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Huka Lodge Executive Chef, Paul Froggatt, with local iwi (tribal) member and bushman, Tom Loughlin

Two-night Foraging package

A unique cultural exchange – go into the wild for an authentic flora & fauna forage with local ‘iwi’
tribal member, Tom Loughlin. Return to the Lodge and
watch as Chef Paul, transforms the indigenous ingredients gathered, into a gourmet experience. 

This Foraging package includes: 

  • Accommodation for two, for two nights, in a riverside Junior Lodge Suite at Huka Lodge.
  • Pre-dinner drinks with canapés, superb five-course dinners and full country breakfasts during entire stay.
  • After arrival, relax, orientate and meet with your guide Tom (at a time to suit) to go over plans for the 4-5 hour experience the next day.
  • After breakfast, meet with Tom, transfer by private vehicle to land nearby for a flora and fauna forage. While exploring and gathering, Tom will share the Maori spiritual values surrounding traditional sustainability, and the harvesting of food, for Taupo's Ngati Tuwharetoa Tribe.
  • Relax over a light lunch with Tom and return to the Lodge where Executive Chef, Paul Froggatt presents a two-hour cooking demonstration and tasting session. We also offer the opportunity to take a scenic helicopter flight, for your return journey back to the Lodge (at an additional cost).
  • Includes a pair of socks to wear inside your gumboots (provided) and a woven flax basket (kete) for food gathering.

Junior Lodge Suite (on a double/twin occupancy basis) 2020:



01 – 30 April 2020


01 May – 30 Sept. 2020


01 Oct. – 14 Dec 2020

Junior Lodge Suite NZ$1,990.00
per person, per night
per person, per night
per person, per night
with Squirrel helicopter transfer NZ$2,566.00 
per person, per night
per person, per night
per person, per night

Also available with accommodation at the Owner’s Cottage and Alan Pye Cottage if staying for two nights. Rates can be provided on request.

This package includes the use of all Huka Lodge amenities and return Taupo Airport transfers, if required. 

All prices quoted are in New Zealand dollars and include gst of 15%. This offer is subject to availability. 

While every effort will be made to provide this package in the form in which it is currently published, there could be last-minute changes due to circumstances beyond our control.