Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, providing gourmet cuisine and the chance to stay up in the treetops; Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses is a remarkable hideout just outside Kaikoura in New Zealand.
For lovers of the great outdoors, exquisite food and charming company, a stay at Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses fulfil every need. This cleverly built hotel lies 12km up from Kaikoura town, wedged between the Kaikoura Seaward Mountains and Mangamaunu Bay in a setting so picturesque it begs to be admired.
Thankfully, Hapuku Lodge has been constructed to maximise the views of this beautiful place, where deer roam freely amid rolling pastures and hundreds of New Zealand plant species have been sown across the estate, for a bucolic landscape like no other. One of the best ways to immerse yourself into it all is by staying in one of the Tree Houses, hovering 10 metres above Kanuka groves with large glass windows and balconies too. Here, and across the rest of the property, the architecture is hewn from upcycled timber and furnishings have been made by hand, for an eco-friendly stay in Kaikoura; which itself was one of the first pioneering sustainable communities in the world.
Your time at Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses can be as relaxing or active as you decide to make it: whether you’re itching to go surfing or sea kayaking on the Pacific Coast; encounter whales, dolphins and seals on an ocean safari; grab a bike and explore the mountains; or simply unwind by the pool and float between outdoor Jacuzzi and sauna. Dining is also a real highlight, so foodies will be in heaven here, with sustainable, organic produce transformed into delectable dishes starring local favourites like crayfish and venison. If ever there was a love letter to all that New Zealand represents, Hapuku Lodge + Treehouses would be it.
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Hapuku Lodge has a range of accommodation types to choose from: tree houses (either with one bedroom or two); suites (one bedroom); and the Olive House, which can either be booked as two/three separate rooms or reserved entirely for one group. Each guestroom pays homage to the natural surroundings with wood-clad spaces, cosy throws and large windows that frame the scenery outside; yet there are plenty of mod-cons too, from Jacuzzis and deep-soak tubs to heated floors and big comfy beds.
One Bedroom Tree House
Family Tree House
The Lodge Suite
The Hapuku Room
The Lodge Room
Gourmands will delight in the dining to be savoured at Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses, for the hotel takes great pride in its culinary offerings. Chef Fiona Read – a graduate of MasterChef – is at the helm, and she not only serves up lip-smacking New Zealand fare, but also shares her passion with guests of the lodge who are invited to chat away with Fiona and her team. They are dedicated to using produce fresh from their own organic garden or sourced from local fishermen and farmers if they can’t grow or rear it themselves. Venison, crayfish and Kaikoura cheese feature heavily on the menu, and each evening you’ll be treated to a delectable three-course menu. This is included in your stay, so too the continental breakfast buffet which comes laden with homemade treats: jam, pastries, bread, granola and yoghurt, among others.
Activities and Entertainment
A wealth of natural and cultural attractions lies in wait during your stay at Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses. Of course, no visit to Kaikoura would be complete without enjoying a whale-watching tour, which also takes in sightings of seals and dolphins – you can even swim with them if you so desire! On the water, you try your hand at activities like surfing, kayaking and fishing, or head inland for hiking, horse riding, golf and mountain biking; the lodge provides bikes free of charge. There are also cultural Maori experiences and wine tasting tours too; you certainly won’t be short of things to do here!
Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses provides a string of modern facilities for your comfort, convenience and enjoyment: a heated swimming pool, sauna and Jacuzzi, all found outside with fantastic views of the surrounds. There are complimentary bicycles, and a massage service can be requested if seeking any extra pampering.
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