Huka Lodge is a fisherman's paradise, founded in 1930 on seventeen acres of land alongside the Waikato river, three hundred meters upstream from Huka Falls. The Waikato, along with some 40 other nearby rivers, attract anglers from all over the globe, and nearby Lake Taupo is filled to the brim with trout. Fishing is not the only draw, though — rafting, obviously, is an option, as are golf and horseback riding.
Though it's hard to imagine such celebrity guests as Queen Elizabeth II having much luck with the trout, it's not hard to see the appeal of what is essentially a secluded lodge in the midst of a breathtaking, unspoiled natural environment. Huka Lodge offers 18 Lodge Rooms, one suite and two exclusive cottages – the Owner’s Cottage with four-suites and the new two –suite Alan Pye Cottage (opening mid-December 2008). Perhaps the main lodge's interior, with its tartan carpet and roaring fireplace, reminded the Queen of the Scottish highlands — but it's likely she stayed in the Cottage, the private owner's house, available for rent while he is away.
The plain old guest suites are secluded enough as well, each set privately in native bush, amongst tall trees, just meters from the river. Space is obviously no constraint out here, and the accommodations reflect this fact, with expansive bedrooms and separate dressing rooms and bathrooms. Even if you do not consider yourself a sporting man or woman (or if you're just unlucky with fishhooks) it's hard to find fault with this extremely well-done lodge, or the wooded riverfront idyll that surrounds it.
Huka Lodge offers helicopter transfers from Auckland, Wellington and Rotorua. Transfers from Auckland are approximately 1 1/4 hours, from Wellington, 1 hour 35 minutes, and from Rotorua, 25 minutes. Driving generally takes 3-4 hours from Auckland, 4 1/2 hours from Wellington and 1 hour from Rotorua. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange airport transfers.