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Huka Lodge has mana amongst the population of New Zealand. It is now, and always has been, a benchmark for service, food and accommodation luxury. Our trip came about as a consequence of an enforced overseas trip cancellation. This is the first leg of a...three leg luxury NZ package called the Pioneers Package. It has been a wonderful springboard for a magnificent holiday. It will be hard for other “hotels” to live up to this ever again, but Huka Lodge is so much more than an hotel. The 5 course tasting menu every night was sublime and very difficult to select a winner from a brilliant chef and delightful wait staff. We were made to feel like family friends rather than paying guests. We have been very lucky to have been able to visit this beautiful, manicured slice of New Zealand paradise, and we know it. If you ever get a chance - or it’s on your radar - just do it, you’ll never regret itMore
We stayed at the Huka lodge as our last destination in New Zealand after travelling around for 6 weeks. We stayed for 5 nights and it was wonderful in every detail. It was the highlight of our Holiday! The accommodation which all the lodges are...the same, was very large and comfortable, the food well out of this world. The service was exceptional. They arranged transport to and from the town which was very helpful indeed. The grounds were beautiful looking out over the lake. We cannot recommend enough.More
Huka lodge is a slightly more formal lodge than the other luxury lodges that we have seen in New Zealand, but despite this it has retained a very warm and welcoming atmosphere. It is set beautifully on a river with the clearest water that I...have ever seen - the setting is so beautiful and calm. Service is very very professional and attentive! The food is outstanding, as are the locations in which you can dine (in privacy, if you so wish) - this could be on the terrace overlooking the river or away from it, in a small pavillion right on the river, in an upstairs dining room with a view or in the beautiful wine cellar. All rooms have a terrace facing the river and grassy area in front of it and are equipped with a deck with chairs. There is no spa on-site but the hotel has an excellent masseuse that comes in and does treatments in the room (she brings her own massage table). There is very good hiking nearby.More
Ate meals here for three days while staying at the lodge. The 5 course dinners are sublime and I enjoyed every course. A delicious selection of cheeses awaits you later. Breakfast was hearty with nice big cups of coffee. Very good Benedict! Lunch was delicious...with nice soups each day and imaginative oyster entree. The club sandwich was especially good. Great place with excellent and friendly service.More
My wife and I stayed at the lodge in early November, 2019 and enjoyed four world class dinners here. It's a five course menu, but with extra courses thrown in by the chef, plus an after dinner selection of cheeses and petit fours, you'll probably...be quite full and definitely quite satisfied. The dinner service kitchen is mostly from Brittany and Normandy, so it's no surprise that the menu has a French-inspired feel. We found every course delightful, but of note was beef tartare and a delicious chicken breast. If you go fishing and catch a trout, the staff will cook it to your specs. We had trout sashimi as an appetizer one evening and a trout fillet for breakfast. This is a very special restaurant!More
We dined on a rather chilly Sunday afternoon but enjoyed the views from inside. The three course lunch menu was fantastic, and delicious. Followed by coffee and sweets, we were certainly very full! Highly recommend for a touch of luxury and a different experience
Will add photos later...EVERY meal was spectacularly delicious, local-focused, fresh, creative, beautifully presented. Chef and team seem to have endless creativity and are flexible enough to make changes to a menu degustation for up to 40+ guests. We had special requests; all were accommodated without...any problem and importantly, without any sacrifice to quality. Portions are perfect—but you’ll still depart with a full belly and a full heart. The staff is the level you’d expect for a Relais-Chateau property: professional, speaking multiple languages, personable, engaging. Sommelier Dion was among our most favorite—incredibly knowledgeable in wine, food and reading the guests; he aims to please! The highest level of Service Professional. They aim to please, and they hit the mark for this diner & her husband. Thank you. Very Highest Recommendation.More