Kaikoura, New Zealand
Designed as a contemporary luxury country lodge, Hapuku Lodge and Tree Houses sit at the foot of South Island's spectacular Kaikoura Ranges, looking out over the rugged Pacific Coast of New Zealand - home to an abundance of marine life.
At a Glance
Hapuku's treehouses make it a unique, memorable and fun place to stay with the added bonus of awe inspiring views
Cutting edge architecture meets comfortable Kiwi style
Stunning location set between the ocean and the Kaikoura ranges
Local, seasonal menus
Wood burning fires in each room for cold winter nights
The Upper Branch Treehouses are the epitomy of arboreal luxury, light your woodburning fires and enjoy a soak in the enormous tub, taking in the stunning snow-capped Kaikoura Ranges.Scott Dunn team
All their food is locally sourced, I would highly recommend their fresh 'catch of the day.' I enjoyed a whole grilled Kaikoura Crayfish with a chilli horseradish and lime butter. It was fantastic.Scott Dunn team
For a once in a lifetime experience, go swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat and see these majestic creatures in their pods.Sarah Rowan
Meet our specialists
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Hapuku Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Canterbury and the West Coast
Hapuku Lodge is idyllically set outside the seaside town of Kaikoura, in one of South Island's most spectacular settings. Designed by a family of architects and builders, Hapuku is a contemporary country lodge with suites and rooms in the main lodge building, a freestanding two bedroom suite in the grounds with its own kitchen and a collection of unique wood clad treehouses.
Each Tree House is architecturally stunning, perched high in a native Manuka grove with arresting panoramic views of the dramatic surroundings of the mountains. ocean and the lodge's own deer park. With only the most comfortable furnishings, natural wood accents that echo your tree-top location and modern amenities, a stay in these luxury Tree Houses makes for a totally unique experience.
The lodge itself serves delicious contemporary seasonal cuisine, locally sourced produce and a fantastic selection of fine New Zealand wine. The relaxed open plan dining room has an alpine feel, with simple wooden furniture, timber floors and cosy fireplace in winter and beautiful garden for summer dining. The main lodge houses a wonderful pool for sunny days and a roaring log fire, perfect for those colder winter months.
The lodge is positioned between the often snow capped mountains and the ocean and is a wonderful base for exploring the Kaikoura and East Coast area. Kaikoura is famous for its marine life and offers whale watching and the chance to swim with wild dolphins, making it the perfect destination for those with an adventurous streak.
The two Lodge Suites, Hapuku Room and Lodge Room are in the main lodge and are ultra spacious with hand made furniture, separate sleeping and living areas (in the suites & Hapuku Room), deep soaking tubs and a patio or balcony. The Olive House Suite is a spacious freestanding suite with kitchen, spa tub, fireplace and 360 degree view and can sleep two adults and three children. The six one- and two-bedroom wood clad treehouses are in the canopy of a tree 10m high, with picture windows and striking views. All rooms and suites other than lodge room feature: wood burning fireplace, balcony or patio terrace, two person soaking tub, rain shower, heated flooring, TV and DVD and CD player, iPod dock, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, fridge, tea and coffee facilities.
Children are very welcome to come and stay in the two-bedroom Family Tree Houses and the Olive House Suite which has its own kitchen and can accommodate up to three children. Children under 12 years are not permitted in the main lodge rooms. A children's menu is available in the restaurant and highchairs, packed lunches and the heating of baby food are all easily organized. Kids will enjoy mountain biking and nature walks in and around the hotel's grounds as well as the hotel's own deer stud.
Continental or cooked breakfasts and three course dinners are created in the lodge kitchen with a focus on fresh, local fish and meats, with many of the vegetables coming from its own gardens. The lodge has a great bar and picnics can be ordered for day trips. There is a 25 meter outdoor lap pool and hot tub with seating area and in room spa treatments can be arranged.
Mountain bikes are provided free of charge and it is an easy ride to the acclaimed surf beach of Mangamaunu Bay. The eco-marine town of Kaikoura is a 15-minute drive away and a great base for whale watching, swimming with dolphins. The local area has some great wineries, cafes and restaurants for you to visit too.
Location & Directions
Kaikoura, New Zealand
Hapuku Lodge is situated just off State Highway 1 at the intersection of Station Road, 12kms North of Kaikoura. Kaikoura sits halfway between Blanheim and Christchurch on the East Coast of New Zealand’s South Island.
When to go
The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm and balmy summers and cold crisp winter months with wonderful clear, blue skies. The warmer high-season months of November to April are perfect for outdoor exploration. The colder months of June to August are the best time to ski.
Both North and South Islands are drier on the east coast, rather than on the west, where mountain ranges act as a trap for the moisture-rich winds from the Tasman Sea. It is also worth remembering that it is usually a few degrees cooler on the South Island than the North Island and as New Zealand has a maritime climate, the weather can change rapidly.