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Upper South Island and the West Coast Hotels

Hapuku Lodge and Tree Houses

  • State Hwy. 1 at Station Rd. Map It
  • Kaikoura


  • Unique luxury accommodations
  • Surf out the back window and the snow out the front
  • Walking track down to the sea through the olive grove


  • 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)

Updated 02/18/2014

Fodor's Review

Featuring imaginative use of timbers and finishings, the rooms in Hapuku's 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 (they make their 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.

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Hotel Information


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

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03-319–6559; 0800-524–56872

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 2 lodge rooms, 2 lodge suites, 5 1- and 2-bedroom tree houses, 1 villa
  • Rate includes Breakfast; Some meals

Updated 02/18/2014

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