Huka Lodge Reveals 2019 Events Programme


From a high-octane motorsport challenge to an inaugural fly fishing tournament and extravagant epicurean delights, New Zealand’s Huka Lodge has curated an exciting and immersive programme of guest events this winter.

Legendary for its elegance and generous hospitality, the award-winning Huka Lodge is regarded as one of the world’s top luxury lodges, delivering a curated collection of exhilarating and exciting experiences for guests.

Key dates:


Formula Challenge in Style

The temperature may have cooled but the action will heat up with the return of a series of unforgettable high-speed, adrenalin-fuelled motorsport experiences. Guests can hit the track at Taupo’s custom-built Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park and put a race-ready V8 car through its paces for eight laps.


Or they can get behind the wheel of a single-seater race car and live out their Formula 1 or Indy Car dreams at New Zealand’s only Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile Grade 2-rated motorsport circuit. Top off the ultimate track experience and jump into the passenger seat of the only 2019 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 race car in the country for a ‘hot lap’. 


The full range of Aston Martin 2019 models, including Vantage, DB11 and DBS Superleggera, will await guests on their return to the Lodge, available to test drive in the surrounding natural beauty of New Zealand’s North Island. At night, the pace changes with a specially presented Gin and Tonic Clinic and stunning five-course gourmet dinner, created by Executive Chef, Paul Froggatt.


Package starts from NZ$1,500.00 per person, per night, in a Junior Lodge Suite, minimum two guests, including all activities as listed.


Big Red Dinner with FROMM Winery

This year’s Big Red Dinner will be hosted by Stephan Walliser, General Manager, of the famed FROMM Winery, Blenheim. The small, boutique winery produces distinctive, intensely-flavoured and classically-styled wines inspired by European viticulture. With a philosophy for old world wine making with new world innovation, FROMM has established an international reputation for the quality of their wines and has undoubtedly set new standards with their exceptional, big red wines – in particular for Pinot Noir.

During the dinner guests will experience exceptional FROMM wines expertly paired to five exquisite dishes presented by Huka Lodge Executive Chef, Paul Froggatt.

Provided complimentary for guests staying this weekend – rates from NZ$890.00 + GST per person, per night, for a Junior Lodge Suite, on a double/twin occupancy basis.


Fly Fishing Tournament

Huka Lodge will celebrate its rich heritage by going back to its roots with the inaugural Fly Fishing Tournament in August. Founded as a fly fishing lodge back in 1924, guests will be able to compete in a contemporary three-day angling event with an action packed itinerary, both on and off the water.


Famed for its prime position on the banks of the Waikato River, upstream from the mighty Huka Falls, the Huka Lodge Fly Fishing Tournament offers an opportunity to experience some of the best fly fishing in the world, in the amazing crystal-clear rivers and streams around Lake Taupo.


The tournament will be hosted in partnership with Lake Taupo’s premier outdoor experience provider, Chris Jolly Outdoors, who will provide anglers with a team of experienced and knowledgeable guides to ensure fantastic fishing throughout the weekend.


The prize pool for the tournament, worth over NZ$13,000; includes bespoke items from local heritage brand Kilwell Sports Ltd, representing the iconic Orvis sporting goods with the finest fishing rods in the world, Rodd & Gunn products to the value of over NZ$2,500, as well as a Helisika heli-fishing adventure.


Relaxing activities hosted back at the Lodge include a Louis Roederer Champagne station with a five-course dinner; a tutored Glenfiddich ‘Highland Tasting’ featuring seven rare whisky releases and a ‘Tour de France of Wine’ dinner taking guests on a stunning food and fine French wine journey ­ – starting in Champagne and finishing in Bordeaux.


Also joining the tournament will be New Zealand celebrity Chef and passionate fisherman, Al Brown. Renowned for the simplicity and generosity of his food, Al will MC the fun-filled grand finale Prizegiving Dinner on the final night of the event, sure to be an opportunity for memories made and shared.


Rates from NZ$1,220.00 + GST per person, per night, on a double/twin occupancy basis.

These rates include all activities, as detailed, associated with the Tournament, vehicle transfers for fishing, guides, fishing licences, full breakfasts, pre-dinner drinks and canapés, five-course dinners, use of all Lodge facilities and return Taupo Airport transfers.


Pure Extravagance Weekend

Executive Chef, Paul Froggatt, will present a foodie event of pure decadence, joined by culinary gourmands, Jacqui and Phil Dixon of Sabato, showcasing a curated selection of boutique fine foods. Guests will be invited for a lineup of immersive gastronomic experiences, including extravagant dinners and interactive sessions for the opportunity to learn the techniques and tips from the best of the best.


Featured culinary experiences for the weekend includes a tutored tasting with balsamic vinegar from the oldest and most awarded producer of balsamic, Giusti; a Louis Roederer Rosé Vintage Champagne breakfast; an introduction to the delicious seafood delicacies (with recipes and techniques) from one of New Zealand’s finest chefs and fishmonger, Martin Bosley of Yellow Brick Road, and during an interactive dining showcase engage with renowned charcuturie presented by A Lady Butcher, Hannah Miller.


Rates from NZ$1,079.00 + GST per person, per night, in a Junior Lodge Suite, on a double/twin occupancy basis, inclusive of all listed activities.


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