1 of 1000: Lake Taupo & Huka Lodge, New Zealand

Volcanoes at Lake Taupo
Volcanoes at Lake Taupo

Don’t let yourself be fooled by the shortness of this article. Even though I won’t write a lot about our visit to Lake Taupo, believe me, this place is really something to be seen…

The book listed both, Lake Taupo and the Huka Lodge, as one place of the 1000 Places To See Before You Die. So technically, we haven’t seen it, since the lodge was a bit out of our price range (prices started at a whopping 1,000€ per night/room), even in the winter.

Since the lodge is also most famous for the fishing that can be done here, I don’t know if I can really appreciate it as much as I should.

The Huka Falls from above
The Huka Falls from above

I haven’t really seen the point in fishing. And me being a passionate diver, I doubt that I will ever enjoy hours and hours of waiting for fish to get killed. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think recreational fishing is bad, I just don’t enjoy it.

We had the amazing pleasure of sleeping right at the lake with a splendid view of snow covered volcanoes on the far side of the lake. Luckily our motorhome had huge windows which allowed us to marvel at the sunrise from the warmth of our bed.

The Huka Lodge is very close to my favorite attraction at the lake, which are the Huka Falls – a rapid waterfall of crystal clear, blueish water.

huka lodge, taupo
Famous Huka Lodge

Of course, the waterfall is no comparison to the great waterfalls in the world like the Niagara Falls, but the sound and sight of 140,000 liters of water crashing down every second is still breathtaking.

If you want to see the famous Maori Rock carvings, you’ll have to take a boat trip, since they can’t be seen from land. Since they have been created in the 1970s, they didn’t appear to us to be something historically important, but more something that is made for tourism. The carvings are something we have reserved for our next trip to Lake Taupo. Hopefully, then we won’t be on a backpacker’s budget.

Is Lake Taupo & The Huka Lodge Really One Of The Places?

Huka Falls Jet
Huka Falls Jet

Even though we didn’t go to the Huka Ludge, I believe that the lake, the magnificent view and especially the Huka Falls alone are worthy of being on the list. So if the Huka Lodge is really as great as promised in the book, well then even better.

If our budget allows it, we’ll come back here again some time and then go and stay a night or two at the lodge.

View from motorhome, lake taupo
Beautiful view from our motorhome

I don’t know if I will ever appreciate the fishing there, but just for the views alone it is definitely worth another visit to Lake Taupo and hopefully also the Huka Lodge.

If you are planning to see Lake Taupo and you are not staying at the Huka Lodge, I recommend you rent a selfcontained campervan or motorhome. Just make sure you rent one with a large window in the back, so you can really enjoy the beauty of the lake when you are waking up in the morning.

2 thoughts on “1 of 1000: Lake Taupo & Huka Lodge, New Zealand”

  1. You have a beautiful country we had the pleasure of staying with our son in New Plymouth and we went to Taupo but unfortunately I lost my camera and was wondering if you could send me to my email some photos.
    Thank you
    Stephen Samuel

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