Hapuku Lodge, Kaikoura, New Zealand
Situated between the mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Hapuku Lodge enjoys a beautiful location on a deer stud and olive farm. Purpose built to maximise its position, the lodge itself houses just four guest rooms, each designed to allow stunning views of the surrounding dramatic scenery. The rooms are wonderfully comfortable and spacious, featuring handcrafted furniture and beautiful bathrooms.
Separate from the main lodge are the stunning tree houses. Within each tree house there is a beautifully appointed bedroom, bathroom and sitting area with stunning views, complete with wood burner for cooler evenings and a private balcony when it is warm.
Meals at the lodge are excellent, focusing on fresh and flavoursome food, sourced locally wherever possible, and a three course dinner is available each evening. The entire Kaikoura community is Green Globe accredited, the first township in the world to achieve this, and in order to contribute to the town's commitment to the environment, the lodge plant one native New Zealand plant per night for every guest that stays with them.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
This three hour excursion is perhaps the best way in the world to swim with dolphins. Kaikoura attracts dolphins all year round, hugely increasing the chances of being able to get in the water with these incredible creatures.
This memorable tour brings you close to the Maori community in Kaikoura in a way that is not possible elsewhere in New Zealand. You will spend the day with the family who introduce you to a culture which dates back over 800 years.
One of the best nature activites in New Zealand, swimming with wild New Zealand fur seals in Kaikoura is a truly unique experience.
The local company we use who operate these boats which head out to see the whales as they come up for air, has been running trips for over 20 years and has won many awards in that time. The whole experience is not just exhilarating, but also highly educational and focused on the preservation of the marine environment.