From the time you make your reservation we begin our complimentary concierge service advising on all the local attractions, events and businesses, making bookings on your behalf and monitoring those bookings until your arrival.  We’ll update you and provide you with all details.


There are many wonderful walks at various levels of fitness.  If you think you’d like to break your drive on the way to Hukawai Lodge or when you leave, we can recommend a number of walks you can take before your arrival and as you head to your next destination.

Hukawai Lodge offers a Farm Tour and Kapa Haka performance.



Hukawai Lodge highlights NZ products:

Forage and Bloom Forage and Bloom therapeutic and organic teas created by NZ Naturopath and Herbalist Hannah McMenamin, designed to taste good, work in with your lifestyle, and make you feel amazing.  100% natural hydration delivered directly to your body.  We also have F&B’s black tea and Earl Grey tea.

Zealong Tea – NZ grown organic tea founded by Vincent Chen, premium tea grown, processed and packaged from a single source New Zealand plantation.  We use their organic black, unscented green and oolong teas.

Ti Ora Teas Three masterbrewers blend in NZ using local botanicals.  We use their organic manuka tea.

Hukawai blended teas – Hukawai Signature white tea, Bushmans Brew Manuka tea and Farmers West Coast Mix.


Forest & Bloom Earl Grey and Black teas in your Guest Room. If you would like to try another please ask. If you would like the Signature Hukawai Blend tea, please ask.

SOAP CONCIERGE SERVICE – all Guest Rooms are stocked with a +-20g bar of the Signature Hukawai Soap. For every day of your stay, Guests may choose another soap from the selection in the foyer. Soaps are divided on the basis of carbon footprint, natural ingredients and organic. They are also divided into collections. A Kakapo Signature soap has been developed for the Recovery Program for Kakapo. 100% of your purchase is donated to this cause.

HELIPAD – Helicopters will land at Hukawai Lodge as a memorable start to your prebooked and paid flight. For some flight options there is a requirement to fill the helicopter seats. If your bent is more toward chartering a helicopter the only issues will be weather on the day and therefore the time a flight can be scheduled. Another issue can be cloud whch will obscure to some level the breathtaking panorama. I charter a helicopter regularly for family and friends, generally for an hour. The view never gets old, the photographs never lose their magic and I would still choose this experience over anything offered in Franz Josef. My usual flight path is Hukawai Lodge to Franz Josef glacier valley, around Mt Cook, land on Tasman Glacier landing spot, land on Fox Glacier neve, Cook River, champagne breakfast or lunch on the beach where the river meets the Tasman Sea, along the West Coast to Okarito, back home. 

HELICOPTER BOOKINGS – We are knowledgable about helicopter businesses, their flights and costs. As with all activities in Franz Josef we can organise them on your behalf and we can offer a better deal than most.

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