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Sleek & Chic | Huka Lodge, Taupe, New Zealand

August 21, 2010

New Zealand has long been renowned for her breathtaking natural beauty, and for having a much larger sheep population than human. And for quite some time, no accommodation seemed to match the setting, until Huka Lodge came onto the scene.

Considered the pioneer of small-scale boutique properties, mostly positioned as a Lodges, Huka Lodge forever changed the hospitality game in New Zealand. In line with New Zealand’s international reputation built on America Cup and excellent wine.

Huka Lodge is located in Taupo, New Zealand and just 300m upstream from the famous Huka Falls. 800 yards from Taupo Bungy, 1100 yards from City Centre Taupo and 4.1 miles from Taupo Airport (TUO). Huka Lodge was founded in the 1920s and has been consistently chosen as one of the top retreats in the world.Originally built as a fishing retreat, this inland ecosystem offers some of the best trout fishing in the world. Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, Kate Winslet, and Barbra Streisand have been guests.

There are 20 cottage-like lodge rooms nestled on the banks with terraces abutting the lawn that slopes to the water’s edge. Rooms are spacious with translucent white drapes over the headboard – wispy and romantic when they sway in the breeze from the French doors leading to the terrace or from the ceiling fan above.

Facilities: Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bathtub only, Cable television channels, Coffee/tea maker, Complimentary newspaper, Dial-up Internet access, Fireplace, Hair dryer, Minibar, Phone, Wake-up calls, Wheelchair accessible.

10 years after the Lodge’s official opening, Van Heeren created an annual hospitality scholarship for a promising young New Zealand chef.

There are many exciting activities you can do at Huka Lodge : River rafting, Jet Boating, Hunting, Golf, Bungy Jumping, Horse Riding, Spa, Swimming pool, Snow skiing, or a trip to Cloudy Bay Vineyards are among other excursions that can be arranged.

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