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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Huka Lodge Celebrates 90 Years With A Season Of Inspirational And Intimate Occasions

568522Huka Lodge is poised to celebrate, in inimitable style, its 90th anniversary with  a stellar line-up of extraordinary talent for a season of inspirational and intimate occasions, during the autumn-winter months of 2014.

Highlights will include intimate dinners with authors Eleanor Catton and Alexander McCall Smith, an Italian Opera weekend with Sydney’s iconic chef Stefano Manfredi in which Deborah Wai Kapohe will sing, along with emerging talent from the New Zealand Opera School and a Paspaley Pearl Discovery  weekend where guests will dine on pearl meat, prepared by Huka Lodge Executive Chef Paul Froggatt and experience the rare and wonderous world of pearls.
568519Celebrate the Art of Living weekend will bring together highly acclaimed and respected leaders in their fields.  Health and wellbeing expert Dr Libby Weaver, winemakerKevin Judd, and purveyors of luxury jewellery brands Chaumet and Pasquale Bruni, Hartfield Jewellers, will all show guests how to get the best from life in so many ways.Aston Martin will also be providing their latest sports cars for a test-drive to continue the theme of inspiration and beauty from luxury brands.
Rodd & Gunn Weekend showcases this iconic New Zealand brand and some of its typically favourite activities – driving with Range Rover, trout fishing, men’s fashion and styling, bespoke leather accessories, celebrity guest and speaker Sir Graham Henry, Tasmania’s NANT whisky, exploring Lake Taupo with Sealegs … and more.
Novelist Eleanor Catton, author of The RehearsalAn annual institution at Huka Lodge, the Bollinger Champagne Dinner will be hosted by Clive Weston, sharing with Huka Lodge guests part of the small global allocation of an R.D. (récemment dégorgé) release made in 2014, along with other vintages. The menu will be created by culinary genius Martin Benn of Sydney’s celebratedSepia, named ‘Restaurant of the Year 2014’ by the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide.
Join us for yet another splendid version of the Lodge’s popular Big (Aussie) Red Dinner, hosted by great Australian and sporting legend Nick Farr-Jones. A selection of award-winning and rare red wines showcasing Australia’s famed Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz styles will include the Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz and the Vasse Felix Heytesbury Cabernet Sauvignon amongst others.
568528This year’s extraordinary programme of events at Huka Lodge concludes with an evening spent with Eleanor Catton, the recent recipient of one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards, the Man Booker prize.
Huka Lodge has certainly come a long way since the charming Irishman Alan Pye founded it in 1924. His simple tented camp on the banks of the Waikato River quickly gained a reputation for its generous hospitality and for trophy-size trout.
While these still draw people to the property to this day, Huka Lodge has grown to become a much richer and more unique experience – one worthy of inspiring such a spectacular celebration for its 90th year.
Huka Lodge is a sister property to Dolphin Island, Fiji and Grande Provence Estate, South Africa. All three properties comprise The Huka Retreats and are the vision of their founder, entrepreneur Alex van Heeren.

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