In one of the South Island's most spectacular settings, Hapuku Lodge is a contemporary design of a luxury lodge with the unique offering of Tree Houses, set in the heart of rolling countryside.
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.
Designed by a family of architects, the Hapuku Lodge is very contemporary and consists of four suites and rooms in the main lodge building, the Olive House Suite in the grounds with its own kitchen and Tree Houses. Each of the stunning tree houses are perched 10 metres up in the native Manuka grove with beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
A recent addition is a lap pool and sauna.
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.
The opportunities abound at Hapuku Lodge. The waters of Kaikoura offer marine safaris and deep sea fishing. For landlubbers, there are night sky tours, Maori cultural visits, scenic flights, horseback riding, biking, hiking – and just a stroll down the lane brings you to the location of Mangamaunu Bay.
Why we like it
A very cool talking point is the Family Tree House, designed over two floors. It includes two bedrooms connected by an interior staircase. Think Swiss Robinson with the luxury and electricity!