This historic lodge started out in the 1920’s as little more than a small fishing camp, built to accommodate young Irishman Alan Pye’s love of fly-fishing. Its seclusion and astounding location just upriver from impressive Huka Falls has continued to draw worldwide fame and illustrious visitors. In the 1980’s a Dutch entrepreneur re-developed the property into a 17-acre luxury estate, which attracted a long guest list of royalty and movie stars alike – including H.M Queen Elizabeth II and H. R. H. The Duke of Edinburgh, John Cleese, Robin Williams and Sir Peter Jackson
The lodge’s interior was designed by internationally-recognised designer Virginia Fisher who has created an elegant and sophisticated space. Accommodation consists of just 20 superb lodge suites as well as a four-bedroom Owner’s Cottage and the two-bedroom Alan Pye Cottage.
The 20 lodge suites boast French doors that open up to a private terrace overlooking the grounds and the river beyond. These beautifully designed rooms feature light and spacious ensuite bathrooms with a decadent bathtub, heated floors and his and hers basins. For guests requiring an even more exclusive stay, or travelling with friends or family, the four-bedroom Owners Cottage and the two-bedroom Alan Pye Cottage offer every comfort and luxury one could think of. Both these cottages feature large open-plan spaces with ample sitting areas, indoor and outdoor dining areas and their own swimming pools overlooking the river.
Though it may seem an intimate couples retreat, Huka Lodge does welcome families – the extensive grounds house a swimming pool, spa pools as well as tennis, croquet and pétanque courts. Amenities within the main lodge also include a beautiful library, study and comprehensive wine cellar.