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Hapuku Lodge & Tree House, Christchurch, New Zealand
We can't stress this enough - the tree houses at Hapuku Lodge & Tree House in Christchurch, New Zealand are amazing for kids and adults alike. If you’re lucky enough to stay in one (they are often fully booked!), it’s a real treat and the view out to the Kaikoura Mountains is spectacular. The General Manager, Chris Sturgeon, brings a lot of character to the place, and his wife, Fiona Read, is a former New Zealand MasterChef challenger. Needless to say, the dining here is some of the best and most innovative in the whole country.
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 two adults and three 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.
Executive chef Fiona, a former Masterchef finalist, and her team source ingredients locally or from the organic garden to create creative local dishes. The informal dining at Hapuku Lodge & Tree House area is laid-back and fun; guests are encouraged to watch the kitchen at work.
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 exploring alone, you can always grab a bike and explore the local by-ways.
Location & Getting There
Hapuku Lodge & Tree House is just 12km north of Kaikoura, a town situated half way between Picton and Christchurch in New Zealand. It's a 15 minute drive from Kaikoura airport, a two hour 30-minute drive from Christchurch airport and a one hour and 30-minute drive from Blenheim airport. Kaikoura is a 10-minute drive from the lodge.
Accommodation consists of 12 rooms and suites including Tree House suites, main lodge suites and the Olive House Suite.
Guests can enjoy a marine safari, whale watching, sea kayaking, night sky tour, surfing, Maori tours, hiking, skiing, four-wheel driving, dolphin encounters and golfing.
The weather in Christchurch is 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 are most welcome at Hapuku Lodge & Tree House. 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.