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

Two-night Kai Waho Korero package

Guided by local iwi (tribal) members, and passionate bushman, Tom Loughlin, guests journey into the wild for an authentic, flora and fauna foraging expedition, learning about the Maori spiritual values surrounding the gathering of food and traditional sustainability.

Returning to the Lodge with their harvest, guests spend time with Executive Chef, Paul Froggatt, as he transforms their indigenous ingredients into a delicious fine dining experience. Sharing much in the way of insightful exchange and having gained new ways to connect to our land, guests will likely be intrigued to taste dishes featuring the unique new ingredients they have foraged.

The Kai Waho Korero package includes: 

  • Riverside accommodation for two, for two nights at Huka Lodge.

  • Pre-dinner drinks with canapés, superb five-course dinners, full country breakfasts and one light lunch (with Tom), during entire stay.

  • At a time to suit on arrival day meet informally with Tom to go over arrangements for the following day.

  • After breakfast meet with Tom and transfer by private vehicle to land nearby for an entertaining and fun guided flora and fauna forage, concluding with a light lunch.

  • Return to the Lodge for a two-hour private cooking demonstration where Chef Paul transforms ingredients from the wild, into a gourmet experience to taste and savour.

  • A pair of Merinomink socks each to wear while exploring the bush in your gumboots (provided), with woven flax ketes (baskets) to gather your harvest in.

  • Use of all Huka Lodge amenties and return Taupo Airport transfers, if required.

Junior Lodge Suite (on a double/twin occupancy basis) 2019:


01 October – 30 November 2019

Junior Lodge Suite NZ$1,970.00 per person, per night

Owner's Cottage or Alan Pye Cottage, (on a double/twin occupancy basis) 2019:


01 October – 30 November 2019

Owner's Cottage or Alan Pye Cottage NZ$3,344.00 per person, per night

This package is not available during the weekend.

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 offer in the form in which it is currently published, there could be last-minute changes due to circumstances beyond our control.