Hapuku Lodge & Tree House

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Kaikoura, New Zealand

Hapuku Lodge offers luxury hotel-style accommodation in Kaikoura on South Island. With 6 exquisite guest rooms, a stand alone spacious apartment and 5 luxury treehouses, you cannot help but to fall in love with the deep, calming silence of peaceful nights spent here.

Hapuku’s tree houses are perched 40 feet above ground, with windows in almost all directions, in the canopy of a splendid Manuka grove. The accommodation options in the beautifully decorated main lodge consist of two well appointed Lodge Suites, the Hapuku Room and the lodge room. Each are ultra spacious, deep soaking Japanese bath tubs and a patio or balcony. The Olive House Suite is a freestanding suite and ideal for families as it can sleep 2 adults and 3 children. All rooms and suites are light-filled spaces inspired by nature, with unobstructed views of Kaikoura’s mountains, fertile pastures, native bush and the Pacific Ocean.

Nestled between the Kaikoura Seaward Mountain Range and famed Mangamaunu Bay in a 600-hectare estate, Hapuku Lodge is situated in one of the most spectacular settings in New Zealand. The lodge is idyllically just 10 minutes north of New Zealand’s eco-marine town of Kaikoura and the waters off this coast are extremely rich in marine life. Hapuku Lodge serves as the perfect base camp from which to undertake a marine safari.

Whale watching, giant albatross encounters, playful dolphin and sea swimming, sea kayaking and deep-sea fishing are possible all year round. And if you’re feeling like going of on your own, you can always grab a bike and explore the local by-ways.

Hapuku Lodge & Tree House Information

  • Location: 12km north of Kaikoura, a town situated half way between Picton and Christchurch. A 15 minute drive from Kaikoura airport, a 2hour 30-minute drive from Christchurch airport and a 1hr 30-minute drive from Blenheim airport.  Kaikoura is a 10-minute drive from the lodge.
  • Accommodation: 12 rooms and suites including Tree House suites, main lodge suites and the Olive House Suite.
  • Activities: Marine safari, whale watching, sea kayaking, night sky tour, surfing, Maori tours, hiking, skiing, 4-wheel driving, dolphin encounters, golfing.
  • Weather: Pleasant year-round, best time for water activities is between the warmer summer months of December and April. The best time for skiing is from June to August.
  • Children: Welcome. The two bedroom Treehouse is a good family option as is the Olive House Suite. Children under 12 are not permitted in the main lodge rooms. The restaurant offers a children’s menu.

Hapuku Lodge & Tree House Price Guide

2 out of 5

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Located just outside the coastal town of Kaikoura, Hapuku Lodge is one of the town’s finest hotels. Lightfoot’s New Zealand Specialist, Mei Yun, stayed at the property and has these recommendations for Lightfoot clients.

What activities can you do from Hapuku Lodge?

Kaikoura is one of the best places in New Zealand to see marine life – many different types of whales, seals and dolphins. The chances of seeing them is extremely high, even during the winter, which makes it a popular year-round destination. Whilst we were in Kaikoura we did a scenic whale watching flight from a fixed-wing plane and saw Orcas, Sperm Whales and dolphin pods. We also swam with dolphins which was a real bucket list experience. Hapuku is the only luxury lodge in Kaikoura, so availability is often tight!

The property is famed for its treehouse suites, can you describe them?

The treehouses are sold as 1 or 2 bedroom suites, although only one of the bedrooms is located at the treehouse level (10 metres above ground). Couples would occupy the upper room only, whilst families would use both rooms and the kids would sleep in the lower room. Whilst not technically located up in an actual tree, they are surrounded by trees and the fact that they are so high off the ground is what gives them their name. The rooms are comfortable with the main focus being the fireplace and stunning views out to the roaming deer that live on the property and the mountains behind.

What activities are there to do on the property?

Children will love the resident deer that live on the farm, that they can view right from their rooms. Kids are also invited to ‘help prepare breakfast’ by collecting fresh eggs from the chicken coup right at the lodge. There is also a lovely pool, surrounded by beautiful views, that’s perfect for relaxing in the afternoons. Or, in the winter months, sitting by the fireplace in the parlour with a good book is wonderfully cosy.


We’ve heard amazing things about the dining a Hapuku Lodge. Can you describe your pre-dinner drinks and dinner experience?

Like all the luxury lodges in New Zealand, a stay at Hapuku Lodge includes breakfast, pre-dinner drinks and dinner. A glass of wine in the parlour helps prepare your palette for your upcoming feast. The resident chef at Hapuku was one of the finalists on Masterchef New Zealand, and the food we had was all excellent. We were served venison starters, crayfish caught that day by Hapuku’s own fisherman and delicious local cheeses to cap off the meal.

What were your 3 favourite things about Hapuku?

  • The roaming deer which make Hapuku extra unique
  • The mountain views, which are snow-capped and extra beautiful during the winter months
  • The food!



Hapuku Lodge & Tree House