Hapuku Lodge and Tree Houses

State Hwy. 1 at 1 Station Rd., 12 km (8 miles) north of Kaikoura, Kaikoura, Canterbury, 7371, New Zealand

Featuring imaginative use of timbers and finishings, the rooms in the main lodge building are quietly tasteful, but out in the trees things get way more interesting in the luxurious tree houses. Each unit stands on stilts above native manuka and kowhai trees. They were built with a combination of rough-sawn timber, copper, glass, and steel. Inside, no luxury is spared, with freestanding fireplaces, whirlpool baths, and elegant handmade furniture. Each unit has a wide-reaching view over olive groves (the lodge makes its own olive oil), down to the coast in the east, and the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges to the west. Also high up is the salubrious, stand-alone "Olive House Suite," with spacious dining, lounge and bedroom areas and 360-degree views. Rates include continental or cooked breakfast and a three-course dinner.

PROS

  • unique luxury accommodations
  • surf out the back window and snow out the front
  • walking track down to the sea through the olive grove

CONS

  • stay in the main lodge if you can't manage stairs
  • no kids in the main lodge (but they're welcome in the tree houses)

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 03-319–6559 | 0800-524–56872

HOTEL DETAILS

2 lodge rooms, 2 lodge suites, 5 1- and 2-bedroom tree houses, 1 villa
Rate Includes: Some meals

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