Set on the banks of the Waikato River, this iconic boutique riverside retreat is renowned for its gourmet dining and outstanding hospitality.

The beautiful 17-acre gardens and soothing sound of rushing water at this multi-award-winning lodge provide the perfect setting for indulgent relaxation. Founded as a simple tented fishing lodge in the 1920s, this Relais & Chateaux property is now one of the world’s top retreats and attracts keen anglers and a host of illustrious guests from Peter Jackson to Queen Elizabeth. Soak up the serenity or make the most of local activities including brown and rainbow trout fishing, hiking and kayaking.

Begin your day with breakfast on the tranquil riverside terrace and enjoy pre-dinner drinks and canapés by the roaring fire in the welcoming Main Lodge building. The lodge's chef has worked at a number of Michelin Star restaurants and his five-course menu of exceptional cuisine showcases seasonal local produce and fine local wines. Choose from a range of intimate dining destinations including the vaulted wine cellar, jetty pavilion and orchard.

Gaze out across the lawn to the river from the deck of your elegant Junior Lodge Suite and retreat inside to enjoy contemporary facilities including a walk-in dressing room, free Wi-Fi and sunken bath. The Lodge Suite is even more spacious and also features a lounge and dining area.

5 stars
Oct - Mar
25½ hours (not including stopover time)
300 metres upstream from the mighty Huka Falls and just a 10-minute drive from Taupo
1 hour from Rotorua airport and 3¼ hours from Auckland airport. Helicopter transfers are also available*


  • Restaurants & bars
  • Board

Over 20 indoor/outdoor private dining venues

What's included

Half Board • Breakfast, pre-dinner drinks, canapés and 5-course dinner at the Main Lodge

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