A unique and imaginative hotel designed by a family of architects, Hapuku Lodge is situated just 12 kilometres north of the town of Kaikoura on the South Island. With an eclectic mix of 10 suites, tree houses and a luxury private apartment, this contemporary country hotel has been designed to complement the natural environment with native wood and copper shingle exteriors. Not only this, the lodge’s extensive and on-going efforts to care for, and appreciate, the local environment make this a unique place to relax and feel right at home in nature.
Situated on the East Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, and just a two and a half hour drive from Christchurch Airport, the small town of Kaikoura is rapidly transforming into one of the world’s premier eco-marine tourism destinations. Kaikoura can be literally translated as ‘to eat crayfish’ from the native Maori language and this industry is still the main contributor to the Peninsula’s economy, meaning you couldn’t be closer to an abundance of rich and diverse marine wildlife. With emphasis focused principally on the environment, this area is perfect for travellers wanting to get in touch with nature whilst enjoying the tranquil, albeit breath-taking, scenery that surrounds you.
Choose from the four suites in the Main lodge, one of five Luxury Tree Houses nestled in the canopy of a Manuka grove, or the Olive House Suite, the latter of which boasts a spa tub and rain fountain shower. All rooms are decked with the finest handcrafted furniture, notably the custom made beds which are arguably the most comfortable beds on the South Island, and boast spectacular views of the Kaikoura mountain range and Pacific coastline.
Why we like it
The Lodge is the perfect base for the vast range of activities located nearby, both on and off the water. Hire a bike from the hotel and set off to explore the local area on wheels or head out for a ‘marine safari’ to spot various species of whales, dusky dolphins and albatross. Not only this, but Mangamaunu Bay, a renowned surf spot, is less than a kilometre away. Top it all off by enjoying a delicious local and organic meal back at the Lodge coupled with a speciality New Zealand wine.