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Beautifully situated near Huka Falls, each generously sized room has a wonderful view of the river. Grounds are impeccably maintained with lots of little areas to explore. International staff are dedicated to providing great service. Food was the best of our trip. Dining tables sprinkled inside and out. If you have a preference for table location, make sure to contact the property in advance of your arrival. We stayed three nights and two would have been sufficient to explore the area. We drove from Auckland, but other guests said the flight to nearby local airport was easy. Other guests also recommended the fly fishing activity (which we did not do). Only experienced one issue: our room #12, although quiet and dark, did not have a fireplace (may not have been available in our room class) and smelled a bit musty. Rooms are shaded by forest so this may be contributing. Otherwise another amazing location in an exceptionally beautiful country.
Call of wild luxury
The reputation of Huka lodge doesn't do it a complete justice, a mix of rugged refinement and total indulgence, ask and you shall receive. The service and staff are world 1st class, an amazing place to stay.
Disappointing food and an arrogant approach
The surroundings are spectacular, the accommodation excellent and the service attentive but variable. Disappointment 1: we had advised of dietary requirements 3 months in advance of our visit and were told the menu changed daily.... so imagine our surprise and disappointment when we were given the menu and crab, our allergy, was on it. We were given 3 unimaginative and with no where near the $ equivalence to the crab to choose from! The rest of the courses were no where near the creativity and taste of top $ restaurants. In fact we had far superior meals at a much less cost in Martinborough. Disappointment 2: exceptionally overpriced wine list for the quality of the wine. Disappointment 3: we had a small amount of laundry done and we horrified to find a charge of $ 75 on the bill.... equivalent to an outstanding bottle of wine in Martinborough. Huka Lodge was to be the highlight of our 5 week North Island holiday but it has been the low light. For a bill of over $4000 for less than a 24 hour stay it was extortionate.
Reputably the best place to stay in NZ does not disappoint. Stunning grounds with perfectly manicured rolling lawns and a river running through it. The property is most tastefully decorated - the kind of look Ralph Lauren would have died for. Location is amazing, being only 15 min away from the main town but seems a world away. There are a number of locations for dinner (all fantastic) so you sit somewhere different every night, or eat in your room/cottage. The owner's cottage (with four large bedrooms and out rooms for security/nanny) where I stayed had the best view and most secluded location. The only drawback is the price which many may find it hard to swallow.
As good as expected
Everything here is amazing from the staff who remember your food preferences and room no without having to ask, to the views of the river and the suites themselves. The food is to die for and it was every bit as fantastic as we had hoped. We can’t wait to come back. If you are booking be sure to book your private dining options ahead of time - our favourite was the green room, very romantic.
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