10 great reasons to stay at Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses:

  • dining at Hapuku Lodge features beautiful local and fresh organic produce from their gardens

  • Kaikoura is an eco-destination with its fabulous natural environment and excellent selection of sea and land-based activities

  • most popular of these are the Whale Watch boats which head out each day (weather permitting) to view local and migrating whales

  • other marine activities include seal and dolphin watching and swimming, sea kayaking, albatross tours and some great surfing

  • back on land there is excellent walking and hiking, mountain biking, Maori cultural experiences, skiing (in season) and horse-riding

  • Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses is a luxury property sitting on the coastal plain between the Pacific Ocean and the mountains at Kaikoura

  • accommodation is in several luxury lodge rooms, the Olive House and 5 bespoke Tree Houses perched high in a grove of native kanuka trees

  • much of the furniture has been hand-made for the lodge, featuring beautiful local timbers and crafted design

  • views from the Tree Houses reach from the coastal surf to the high mountains, which are snow-covered in winter

  • breakfast and a 3-course dinner are included in the daily rate


Sitting quietly in lush farmland and surrounded by groves of olives and rolling lawns it's easy to forget that Hapuku Lodge sits on a narrow strip of coastal land wedged between the towering mountains of the Seaward Kaikoura Range and the temperate waters of the southern Pacific Ocean. This is whale watching territory, and guests come from around the world to see the mighty sperm whales that live along this spectacular coastline. Add in the seals and dolphins, the long hikes up to vast views, and the local food attractions like fresh crayfish (lobsters), venison and cheeses, and you can easily spend a few days relaxing in this beautiful spot.  

Accommodation is split between very comfortable rooms in the main lodge, a 3 bedroom house that can be taken exclusively, or split, and a line of very funky luxury tree houses watching over the ocean out front and the mountains behind. There are 5 very contemporary tree houses perched in a grove of native kanuka trees. Three of these have 1 bedroom and the other two have 2 bedrooms and are suitable for families. All have stunning views from the mountains to the sea, a free-standing wood fire and a memorable bathroom.

In the main lodge there are 4 lodge rooms and suites available - all are beautifully appointed and have extensive views out across farmland to the mountains. Each has a large tub, balcony and a king bed. The two suites have a lounge area as well, and the Hapuku Room also has a fireplace and private entrance. The Olive House is a self-contained suite of three bedrooms - two upstairs and one down. The whole house can be occupied by a family or group, or the top and bottom floors can be used separately.

Hapuku Lodge is part of a large working farm, running mostly deer, which has its roots back in the early times of European settlement in the Kaikoura area. Much of the timber used in the construction was sustainably produced or recycled from old buildings. Hand-crafted wooden furniture features throughout the property. In the kitchen the chef sources as much food as possible from local growers and there is also a large organic vegetable garden and greenhouse supplying fresh food all year.

Relaxing time can be spent at the pool and jacuzzi, wandering to the coast, picking olives ( in season), having a massage, learning to surf, or driving north along the coast to see the oh-so-cute seal pups at the Oahu waterfall (in season). Further afield there is also excellent fishing and hunting, surfing, diving and snorkelling, nature tours, mountain biking and Maori cultural experiences to round out the options.


rates at Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses - from $NZ 900 per night for 2 twin share