• Established

    1924. Guest ranch since 1984
  • Owner

    James and Hayley Baillie
  • Manager

    Kerry Molloy
  • Tel

    +64 7 378 5791
  • Open

    All year
  • Nightly Rates (per adult)*

    $3,600 - $4,800
  • Minimum Stay

    2 days
  • Maximum Guests

  • Works with travel agents?

  • Great For

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Diverse scenery, Corporate Retreats
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

Huka Lodge has enjoyed a location of great natural beauty, on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, since it was founded as a very simple trout fishing camp, in 1924. This legendary retreat continues to define absolute style, while offering privacy and relaxation, with authentic outdoor adventure, for those who appreciate exquisite cuisine, personal service and unique experiences.

With just 26 guest suites, including two superb private cottages, within 17-acres of magnificent grounds, this is truly an exclusive experience. Huka Lodge proudly takes its place amongst the world’s best retreats – with its reputation and awards all richly deserved.

Children at the Lodge

Great for children aged 10 and over

Huka Lodge welcomes children ten years and over in the main lodge and our Junior Lodge Suites. Designed as a more exclusive retreat for families and friends travelling together, the premium multi-bedroom Alan Pye and Alex Van Heeren Cottages welcome families with children of all ages. Guests in these cottages, travelling with children under ten years enjoy all drinks and dining from the lodge and children’s menus, in a private dining area at the main lodge.


hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, supervised swimming

Baby Sitting

From age 10 to 16. Hourly cost $TBA.

Environmental & Social Practices


A strong focus on reducing the use of plastic throughout the property with the implementation of the following:

Linen bags have been introduced to replace the plastic bags previously used for individual guest laundry requirements.

When sheets and towels are transported to and from the rooms by Housekeeping, they are done so in fabric bags, not plastic ones.

We filter and carbonate drinking water at source, and bottle in recyclable glass.

We have collaborated with the innovative company ‘For the Better Good’ and now use their recyclable water bottles made from plants.

We have had our own branded stainless steel hydro flasks made.

Plastic drinking straws have been replaced with paper versions.

We now use eco-ware wooden recycled cutlery for picnics and for food guests take away from the Lodge, in the place of plastic utensils.

Cling-film usage in the kitchen is now considerably reduced and this can only be used when there is no other possible alternative.

Bulk purchasing has proved to markedly reduce the amount of plastic packaging coming into the property.

A programme of active pest management has been in place for quite some time, with traps and baiting throughout the 17-acre grounds contributing to the elimination of introduced pests and serving to support the regeneration of native flora and fauna.

Huka Lodge sponsors an ongoing programme of opossum, stoat and rat control currently being undertaken in the redwood forest adjacent to the property.

A programme is in place within the gardens, to identify and protect against the spread of any invasive plant species that could pose a threat to the environment.

Huka Lodge supports local initiatives like Greening Taupo in their re-planting of native species of trees and shrubs to create a stronger natural environment for threatened species, via donation and labour.

Much of the planting in the extensive gardens at Huka Lodge have been chosen to provide food sources for native birds and pollen for bees.

All sprays, fertilisers and chemicals used in the gardens need to be proven to be environmentally sound before they can be used.

A secluded part of Huka Lodge’s property is home to a very successful Queen bee breeding programme, which contributes to helping ensure a brighter future for honey bees.

Our chef and kitchen team embrace the use of organic produce and natural ingredients.

Free-range produce, ethical animal husbandry and sustainable practices are sought from our suppliers, these are the first choice when purchasing produce.

All fresh fish served to our guests is purchased on the basis it is guaranteed to be sustainably harvested and by long-line method.


Huka Lodge operates on the basis of recruiting staff from within the local community as its first priority, while providing a supportive and safe work environment.

We like to support local business and enterprise where ever possible in terms of the goods and services we purchase.

Huka Lodge regularly engages with and supports, the local Taupo community via donations to fund-raising efforts for local schools and a wide range of charitable initiatives.

For over 30 years Huka Lodge has hosted an annual Christmas party at the Lodge for residents of local retirement villages and rest homes. This event is always a most enjoyable occasion for all the elderly guests and for our staff.


A charming Irishman, Alan Pye, founded Huka Lodge, on the banks of the Waikato River, in the 1920s. The fame of this simple fishing camp soon spread all over the world and before long it became one of the best-kept secrets of the A-list.

Internationally celebrated guests found their way to Huka Lodge and enjoyed the stunningly beautiful location and the outstanding hospitality. Now, over 90 years later, Huka Lodge proudly celebrates this heritage and stays true to the values that have defined its iconic reputation.

When Alex van Heeren founded The Huka Retreats, he recognised the unique style of experience Alan Pye had created at Huka Lodge. He was intuitively drawn to preserve and honour this, while finding new ways to enhance this even further.

Your Manager, Kerry Molloy

Born and raised in New Zealand, Kerry Molloy has been at the helm of the prestigious property since 2014, after a career in high-end hospitality and as manager of some of the country’s most esteemed luxury lodges. Kerry’s first job as a porter paved the way for a stint in the hotel industry in London for 14 years. Stopping by in Sydney on the way through to work at the Intercontinental Hotel, Kerry then worked at New Zealand’s trio of Robertson Lodges before landing at home at Huka Lodge. Working here, he says is like being on a movie set: lots of action behind the scenes and blissful tranquillity out the front.

Your manager


  • Types of water

    Lakes, Streams, Rivers
  • Types of Fish

    Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout.
  • Fishing Experience Level

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Guided Fishing Available

    Daily Rate $2,970
  • Unguided Fishing not available

  • You can borrow

    Rods, Flies, Reels, Waders, Fishing Nets.

The Setting

Year-round fishing in the Taupo region is exciting, especially in the winter months, which is a good reason to get your feed cold and your lines tight! Whether you are new to fly fishing or an experienced angler, catch Rainbow or Brown trout in the beautiful New Zealand scenery.

The Fishing

Whether you are an experienced fly fisherman or a complete novice, you will find fly fishing both a delight and a challenge. The Taupo region has some of the best fly fishing rivers in the world and is also New Zealand’s most popular trout fishing location.

The Waitahanui, Hinemaiaia and Tongariro rivers are great attractions for keen fishermen the world over. Amongst the exquisite scenery of this lush region, anglers of any skill will enjoy this experience.

Anglers come to the local rivers to fish for spawning trout, which run up the rivers from Lake Taupo during the colder winter months. Both Rainbow and Brown trout frequent these waters and disappointments are rare.

Your fishing guide will collect you from Huka Lodge in a four-wheel drive vehicle and return you again after your excursion. Guides provide top quality rods, reels, waders and flies.


  • Enjoy

  • Alcohol

    available for purchase
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, patio, dining room (formal attire)
  • You'll definitely love

    locally grown produce, fresh daily bread
  • Dietary restrictions catered for

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, Gluten free

The Main Lodge building draws guests like bees to honey. It is from here that having breakfasted well, guests either set off for adventure, or settle in a comfortable chair with a book beside a cosy fire.

Come evening, candles are lit, lights dimmed and the drinks set out. Guests gather to make each other’s acquaintance, share stories of their day and enjoy the superb cuisine, prepared using the finest of ingredients and complemented by exceptional wines. Service is both solicitous and seamless, designed to anticipate.

Your Chef, Ryan Ward

Prior to arriving at Huka Lodge, Executive Chef Ryan Ward spent two years leading the culinary team at sister property in Australia’s Red Centre, Longitude 131°. Ryan has led a stellar career in the kitchen spanning some twenty years, also including Head Chef roles across luxury resorts in Fiji and at the restaurant at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) earning two hat statuses for three years running. Ryan was delighted to make the move ‘across the ditch’ to take up the lead role at the legendary Huka Lodge kitchen where premium local produce is in abundance and informs the deluxe daily changing menus. Ryan is accompanied by his wife Bridie Bush who is also Assistant Lodge Manager at the property.


  • Address

    271 Huka Falls Road
    New Zealand
  • Remote Location


Nearest Town - Taupo

Taupo has a population of 39300 (approx), and is situated 2.7 miles / 15 mins from the Ranch.

Facilities in Taupo include: grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, bank, atm, gas station, museum.

For shopping Taupo offers: small hometown necessity shops.

Nearest Airports

Taupo Domestic Airport , Taupo


7.3 miles / 15 mins


  • Nightly Rates (per adult)*

    $3,600 - $4,800
  • Minimum Stay

    2 days
  • Preferred Arrival Day

    Any day is fine
  • Preferred Departure Day

    Any day is fine
  • Style of accommodation

    Luxury 5-Star
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

Huka Lodge can cater for up to 50 guests. See below for details and indicative rates.

Room | Junior Lodge Suite

Rates (Per Room / Accommodation)*

Summer: $3,240 - $4,400
Winter: $2,800 - $3,600
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

Rates (Additional Info)

15% Goods and Services Tax is applicable on all rates.
Inclusions: Pre-dinner drinks and canapés, a five-course dinner daily (menu changes daily), accommodation and
full country breakfast. Use of all Lodge facilities and return Taupo Airport transfers are included.
Check-in at 2.00pm, check-out at 11am.

Minimum Stay

2 nights


A light and spacious bedroom features a super king-size bed (can re-configure to twin beds), made up with crisp cotton sheets and feather pillows, lounging chairs and a small table. French doors open onto a wooden terrace with outdoor chairs and the river beyond.Bathrooms are generous and feature a deep, full-size bath, separate shower, twin basins and the luxury of a heated floor. The walk-in dressing room and safe.




Private bathroom


safe, mini-bar, fridge, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, air conditioning

Booking Policy

Bookings may be cancelled or amended prior to one month from arrival without forfeiture. Cancellations and booking amendments received within one month of arrival forfeit all monies paid.

No refunds or credits can be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services, or unused nights due to travel and/or weather disruption. For peace of mind, we recommend you protect yourself with comprehensive travel insurance to cover any cancellation fees.

Included in your stay






  • Communications

    Wireless Internet/Wifi, telephone.
  • Business Services

    common computer.


Outdoor Activities

mountain biking, tennis, Yoga, ATV Rentals - guided, bird watching

Water based Activities

outdoor pool, hot tub


relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, couples massage, manicures, facials, pedicures

Winter Activities

down hill skiing, snowshoeing


  • This Relais & Chateaux-associated lodge, set in an area of immense natural beauty in New Zealand, is the height of luxury if you're looking for some serious pampering on your fly fishing vacation.
  • Along with peaceful fishing experiences, there are some heart-stopping activities available for the serious adrenaline junkie, like bungy jumping, skydiving, white water rafting and quad biking. Near the lodge, there's also a state-of-the-art race track facility that hosts a driver formula challenge, where you can find out what it's like to drive a Formula Challenge single-seater race car!
  • Huka Lodge is serious about sustainability, and is committed to a dedicated path of initiatives and procedures to ensure they adopt the very best practice for the environment, community and our planet. For example, they've reduced the use of plastic and therefore plastic waste throughout the property, replanted native trees and are ensuring all chemicals and pesticides used, are approved as being environmentally friendly.
  • The Taupo region has some of the best fly fishing rivers in the world and is also New Zealand’s most popular trout fishing location. Year-round fishing is available, and both Rainbow and Brown trout frequent these waters – disappointments are rare. They also offer full- (8hrs) and half-day (4hrs) lake cruises, where most fishing takes the form of trolling, using either lures or flies, with the catch averaging around four pounds. They also offer 'Wilderness heli-fishing' if you really want to get into the wild!


  • Huka Lodge has been voted as one of the Best Luxury Family Resorts in the World and warmly welcomes families with children, but it might be worth noting that children under 16 years of age are unable to attend the pre-dinner drinks in the main Lodge or dine in the dining room.

Visitor Reviews

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Lives up to it’s reputation

We had a wonderful two nights at Huka Lodge recently. It is beautifully located, nestling beside the Waikato just above the impressive Huka Falls. The room was stunning, comfortable and stylish. The food world class.

5 stars

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