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Hapuku Lodge treehouses at sunset, New Zealand

Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses, Kaikoura

Contemporary Eco-accommodation – typically up to £400 per room per night

Summary

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A unique member of the Luxury Lodges of New Zealand

About

Recommended for:
Eco-tourism | Food & wine | Natural world

Location

Deriving its name from the Maori for ‘to eat crayfish’, Kiakoura is home to richly diverse marine life. Colonies of fur seals pepper the shoreline, five species of albatross sail up high and whales swim just off shore with the resident dolphins. But, of course, its eponymous and delightfully juicy crustaceans take centre stage in the selection of excellent restaurants. It’s no surprise that this humble town has been termed a ‘maritime Serengeti’. It’s also home to a cultural diversity as well, having hosted Maori hunters and fishermen for nearly 1,000 years. And, set quietly out of town, overlooking the carpeted mountains of the peninsula’s interior, Hapuku Lodge is positioned to explore it all.

Accommodation

The brainchild of a family of architects and builders, this luxury offering is flawlessly realised in contemporary fashion; local woodworkers have all left their mark on unique furnishings and giant French windows. The lodge’s two suites are ultra-spacious and host to custom-built detailing, balcony views and large bathrooms complete with a Japanese soaking tub for two and a rainforest shower. For more apartment-style living, the Olive House Suite is an excellent choice, featuring a kitchen, fireplace-heated living area and an open-plan bathroom, featuring a spa tub and rain fountain shower. However, it’s the Tree Houses that literally stand out, rising 10m above the canopy of a manuka grove. Each commands spectacular views of both mountains and coastline and come immaculately presented, clad in native woods and copper shingles. Wood burning fireplaces, deck-side rainforest showers and a couple’s spa bath mean that you won’t be short of luxuries.

Dining

Given that the lodge is part of a working deer farm, you can expect deliciously fresh food across the menu. Produce is sourced from the kitchen’s own vegetable gardens and free-range chickens as well as local markets, fishermen and hunters. Unsurprisingly, the venison is particularly good. Wild game is also regular feature on the menu, as is with crayfish and other locally sourced seafood. It’s all prepared – be that freshly baked breads, jams, ice cream or stocks – in the lodge’s kitchens with menus varying daily to take full advantage of the fresh produce on offer. Wash it all down with a superb selection of New Zealand wines.

Facilities

At Hapuku, you’ll be encouraged to head out and explore its privileged location on a range of activities. Hit the waters to track whales, dolphins and albatross on either a cruise or kayak trip with surfing, fishing and even swimming with seals available. If you’d rather stay on terra firma, there are Maori cultural tours, hikes, golf, wine tours and 4WD adventures on offer. Don’t forget to sample the local viticulture. You can even take it all in on a scenic flight or helicopter ride. Back at base, you’ll have the use of the lap pool and sauna.  

Stay here on these holidays

Spirit of the South Island

17-day tailor-made self-drive from £4,735 pp incl. flights

A self-drive tour through the stunning attractions of the South Island, with pre-booked stays in boutique hotels and exciting excursions including whale watching at Kaikoura, a TranzAlpine train journey through the Southern Alps, and a thrilling helicopter ride over Fox and Franz Josef glaciers.

Culinary Highlights of New Zealand

25-day tailor-made self-drive from £6,985 pp incl. flights

Covering many of New Zealand's highlights, this luxury self-drive starts in Auckland in the North Island, New Zealand's City of Sails and ends in the South Island at the picturesque lakeside town of Queenstown in the heart of the Southern Alps.

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