This lodge is a great concept and I think you really have to stay in the treehouses. The view of the mountains is stunning and rooms have great services like floor heating and a wood stove. The food is great and well cooked and there is a good selection of wine. The clear attraction is Kaikoura where you can go and see all kinds of sea life (whales, dolphins, albatross) and on clear nights the view of the sky is amazing.
It's a short drive to Kaikoura and the hotel is just off the interstate on the drive down to Christchurch. So I think this is the ideal hotel to stop for a day or two on your trip through NZ and explore Kaikoura. There is a good laundry service and internet which means catching up with admin is no problem as well.
It's not a cheap place but the style and comfort is pretty top end. I wouldn't recommend the treehouses to people with disabilities as there are a number of stairs to go up, but the friendly staff do help with your luggage.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hapuku Lodge and Tree Houses is distinctive boutique luxury accommodation set on a deer farm and olive grove in one of the world's most beautiful locations, between the Kaikoura Mountains and the Pacific Coast of New Zealand's South Island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hapuku Hotel Kaikoura