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THERE’S no dan­ger of go­ing hun­gry dur­ing a stay at New Zealand’s Huka Lodge on the banks of Taupo’s Waikato River. Pre-din­ner drinks and canapes, gourmet five­course meals and full coun­try-style break­fasts are in­cluded in a stay at this tran­quil North Is­land prop­erty. Twenty-five-room Huka Lodge, sis­ter to Fiji’s Dol­phin Is­land and the ele­gant Grande Provence in South Africa, is well known for its ex­cel­lent trout-fish­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, and fish caught by guests can be whipped up by the ex­pert kitchen team. The truly com­mit­ted gas­tronome, how­ever, will be keen to take ad­van­tage of a new culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence avail­able to those stay­ing in the ex­clu­sive Alan Pye Cot­tage (pic­tured), a se­cluded re­treat in the lodge’s 7ha grounds. Miche­lin-trained ex­ec­u­tive chef Michel Louws will pro­vide a pri­vate, two-hour cook­ing les­son at no ad­di­tional cost when four peo­ple book the two-bed­room cot­tage for a min­i­mum of two nights be­tween April 1 and Septem­ber 30. All meals, pre­pared where pos­si­ble from lo­cally sourced pro­duce, are in­cluded, plus re­turn Taupo Air­port trans­fers and use of all lodge fa­cil­i­ties; $NZ8970 ($7025) for two nights for two cou­ples. More: hukalodge.co.nz.

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