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.
With fresh ingredients locally sourced from the surrounding Otago region, you can expect hearty homecooked meals to accompany a busy day of adventuring in Kaikoura.
Be astounded by the views from your treetop suite, where snow-capped mountains soar on one side and, on a clear day, the sea can be seen on the other.
As you take a dip in the lodge’s infinity pool, look out for wild deer who often frequent the neighbouring field.
On cooler evenings, sit by the roaring fireplace in your room or treehouse - with a glass of shiraz in hand, of course.
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.
When to visit
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.
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.
Three airports are within reach of Hapuku Lodge: Kaikoura airport is a 15-minute drive away; the larger international Christchurch Airport, to the south, is a 2-hour 30-minute drive and Blenheim Airport, to the north, is a 1-hour 30-minute drive. Alternatively, trains run daily between Picton and Christchurch, stopping off at Kaikoura. Kaikoura is a 10-minute drive from the hotel.
Dolphin Encounter off the coast of Kaikoura - Shared
Make one of life's dream a reality and not only watch dolphins in the wild but get the chance to swim with them as well, just off the coast of Kiakoura.
Kayaking with Seals in Kaikoura - Shared
Each year in Kaikoura New Zealand fur seal pups can be seen resting and playing in the fresh water while their mothers are out at sea fishing. Enjoy a guided kayaking excursion to watch these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.
TranzAlpine Train - Christchurch to Greymouth - Shared
The fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, deep gorges and glacial rivers await as you take one of the world’s most iconic train journeys from Christchurch to Greymouth.
Whale watching in Kaikoura - Shared
Take to the seas off the coast of Kaikoura to search for New Zealand's marine giants. Sperm Whales, Orca and migrating Humpbacks all frequent the inky depths hunting for squid in the Hikurangi Trench.