In the 1920s, Irishman Alan Pye, discovered the incredible fly fishing on the reaches of the Waikato River and realised his dream to build a fishing lodge. Before long, the fame of Huka Lodge had spread to every corner of the fly fishing world. As its reputation spread the Lodge attracted such famous anglers as H.M. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother; Charles Lindbergh; James A. Mitchener (who wrote part of Return to Paradise there) as well as many famous film stars and public figures of the time.
In 1984, Alex van Heeren fell under the same spell and his resources and passion have added luxury to the location. Today the clientele and the aura of Huka Lodge are much the same. Though the standards of the original accommodation have changed dramatically, the spirit of its hospitality remains.
Huka Lodge is considered to be the iconic New Zealand retreat. Sought by the world’s most discerning travellers – enjoying an unrivalled riverside location, offering superb hospitality and an attentiveness as palpable as the force of the Waikato River itself. A welcoming haven, whose reputation and awards are richly deserved.