Dine

Dining at Huka Lodge is at the heart of the tradition of generous hospitality for which the lodge is world-renowned. Showcasing New Zealand’s finest, often sustainably produced ingredients and complemented by a magnificent selection of wine, the menus at Huka Lodge are daily changing and reflect the seasons and the environment outdoors. Dining can be enjoyed in the sumptuous surrounds of the main lodge or experienced in one of the lodges unique dining locations dotted around the property, from the Wine Cellar to the Orchard or Jetty Pavilion.

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Breakfast

A hearty country-style breakfast set up in the main lodge at Huka is a wonderful start to the day, whether it’s planned as full of adventures or for relaxing in the gardens by the Waikato River. Guests can look forward to fresh eggs, free range bacon and local tomatoes, mushrooms and greens, along with fresh juices, steaming pots of loose-leaf tea and espresso coffee.

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Lunch

A light à la carte lunch menu is available at Huka Lodge and may be enjoyed fireside in the main lodge or on the sun-drenched terrace overlooking the gardens and Waikato River. Local organic and free-range produce including chicken and beef are complemented by fresh greens, lodge baked bread and fine wines.

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Dinner

Dinner starts with a relaxed drink in the lounge, and proceeds to a finely balanced menu bringing fresh local flavours to the plate. Guests can look forward to regional delights like Te Matuku oysters, Matangi Beef, Mount Cook Alpine Salmon and Southland lamb on the daily-changing menu.

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A toast to Taupō

Begin the day with an espresso or pot of expertly brewed leaf tea, or enjoy fresh drinking water drawn from the Waikato River. As the day progresses, world class wines, premium spirits and local beers are on offer, and as the dusk draws in and fires are lit French Champagne or a fine whiskey are enjoyed in traditional lodging style.  

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Bar selection

The bar at Huka Lodge is stocked with premium spirits – many of them locally distilled small-batch labels – perfect for the base of a range of cocktails and mixed drinks. A fresh gin and tonic marks the start of an enjoyable evening, while a fine scotch served over ice may be best enjoyed fireside.

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Wine cellar

A vast underground labyrinth housing some 4500 bottles of wine, the Wine Cellar at Huka Lodge is an attraction in itself, prompting some dedicated time to peruse its collection of fine vintages. The wine cellar is also a wonderful venue for private or special occasion dinners for two or up to ten guests.

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Digestifs

After a delicately balanced dinner, many guests retire to the bar or lounge to enjoy a digestif or nightcap. The friendly team at the bar is always ready to help with a drink, with a selection of premium liqueurs, spirits and hot beverages available.

Our Chef

Tristan Abbott is Executive Chef at Huka Lodge. Tristan was born ‘just down the road’ in Auckland New Zealand, and pursued a career in cooking as a teenager. Tristan started working at award-winning fine diner Bowmans restaurant as a pastry chef before quickly trading up to the city’s hatted restaurants of the time, Baduzi’s and French Café. He moved to Australia to work at Luxury Lodges of Australia properties Spicers Peak Lodge in

Queensland and award-winning Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island where he worked with Baillie Lodges’ Asher Blackford. As luck would have it, Tristan moved to France on the eve of the pandemic and worked across Michelin star restaurants in the regions and in Paris. Tristan kept in touch with Asher and on returning to the antipodes was thrilled to take up the Head Chef role at Huka Lodge.

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Destination

Taupō Seasons

Taupō's seasons offer reason to visit year-round. Summer brings long warm days and mild nights – perfect for outdoor adventures – while the cooler seasons offer snow sports and time for red wines and crackling open fires.

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Experience

Unforgettable encounters

With easy access to both lodge-based activities and the range of adventures on offer around Taupō, guests at Huka Lodge can choose to try fly fishing, whitewater rafting, sky diving, tennis, yoga and pétanque.

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Our Luxury

A stay at Huka Lodge is refined and relaxed, with the intimate main lodge and guest suites providing luxurious interiors and opening on to verdant gardens and the deep turquoise Waikato River.

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