Upper South Island and the West Coast Hotels



Hapuku Lodge and Tree Houses

At a Glance


  • 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)

Hapuku Lodge and Tree Houses 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.

    Contact Information

  • Address: State Hwy. 1 at Station Rd., 12 km (8 mi) north of Kaikoura Kaikoura, 7371 | Map It
  • Phone: 03/319–6559; 0800/524–56872
  • Website:
  • Location: Kaikoura

    Hotel Details

  • 2 lodge rooms, 2 lodge suites, 5 1- and 2-bedroom tree houses, 1 villa.
  • Rate includes breakfast, some meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 02-18-2014

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