Huka Lodge is a swanky establishment tucked away into the verdant landscape on the banks of the Waikato river above the magnificent Huka Falls. Part of The Leading Small Hotels of the World group, this elegant lodge is the brainchild of renowned interior designer Virginia Fisher. Stay in well-appointed suites that spoil you with indulgent touches such as monogrammed bed linen, feather pillows, and freshly baked nibbles. Through the French doors, step onto your private wooden terrace and soak in beautiful views of the river. With heated floors in the spacious ensuite bath, and a dressing room in your suite, allow yourself to relax and feel at home. In your free time, pick a book from the library and curl up in a snug spot at the main lodge. For a breath of fresh air, take a stroll around the garden armed with an illustrated plant catalogue to help you identify the many shrubs and flowers. Contemplate in solitude as you gaze at the gently flowing river from one of the many cozy seating nooks that dot the property. Enjoy water therapy at the pool complex with a leisurely dip in the heated swimming pool or one of two spa pools. If you’re seeking activity, you could play a game of tennis, croquet, or petanque on the beautifully maintained courts. Or hop onto one of the mountain bikes to explore the area at your own pace. Back at the hotel, rejuvenate with in-room massages, beauty treatments, manicures, or hair styling services. Whisky lovers will especially enjoy the tutored tasting sessions conducted every Wednesday and Friday afternoons. At mealtimes, relish exquisite cuisine from a daily changing menu accompanied by fine wine at one of many indoor or outdoor venues across the lodge and its ground, such as the wine cellar or the jetty pavilion.