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Dreamlike comfort and outstanding views await you in this eco-friendly Kiwi paradise, featuring a lodge and treehouses set on the dramatic coastline of Kaikoura.

Lovingly created by a family of dedicated builders and architects, it's fair to say that a visit to Hapuku Lodge and Treehouses will be imbued with some of the most spectacular scenery you can see - both in and out of your stunning accommodation!

Exceptionally friendly both to guests and the environment (tree planting, recycling and use of responsibly sourced timber are everyday features), life at Hapuku Lodge and Treehouses is set off by its amazing location, within a deer breeding farm on New Zealand's South Island.  

Found at the base of Kaikoura's famed Seaward Mountain Range, and with the renowned Mangamaunu Bay's high rolling waves achingly near, those looking for a natureful holiday with plenty of scenic coastal drama will have truly found their paradise here.

Steeped in childhood fantasy - along with plenty of added comfort and luxury! - the Lodge's five unique and expertly designed treehouses are discovered among the leaves, ten metres above ground in a sweet-scented Kanuka grove. You'll find three one-bedroom and two ‘family' treehouses, each with two bedrooms and a private bathroom with rainfall shower. All feature hand-crafted furniture and large, luxurious windows that let in floods of natural light and truly bring the outdoors, indoors.

Relax and gaze out over endless views of tree canopies, rugged mountain ranges and the rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean as you enjoy a glass of bubbles on your private balcony - what bliss!

A cosy and efficient fireplace will keep everybody cosy by evening, and when it's time to turn in, what better than to fall asleep amongst the stars? A mini bar and Jacuzzi are wonderfully opulent extras you may not expect to find in an average treehouse, providing the perfect excuse to indulge.

If life amongst the leaves isn't quite your thing, the Lodge rooms consist of naturally decadent suites that feature soaking tubs and downy king-sized beds, with balconies that look over the farm's deer grazing paddocks, and out to the Kaikoura mountains.

Choose from two Lodge Suites, each complete with a lounge and spacious bedroom area, the Hapuku Room with its exquisite fireplace and writing desk, or the Lodge Room, a luxurious double bedroom.

For larger groups who wish to remain undisturbed, The Olive House is a sumptuous self-contained, three-bedroom apartment spread over two floors, complete with ground floor bedroom for those with mobility issues.

Once you've chosen your ideal base, it's time to get active! Kaikoura isn't nicknamed "the maritime Serengeti" for nothing, and as one of the world's best eco-marine tourist destinations, you'll soon discover a vibrant wealth of ways to spend your time, from guided ocean fishing trips to watching baby seals play in the waterfalls. The famous Mangamaunu surf break is ideal for water babies looking to exert some energy!

It probably goes without saying (though we'll say it anyway!) that the surrounding areas are rich in walking and cycling routes to get wonderfully lost in. Why not take a pre-prepared picnic basket along with you on a botanical tour, or help pick olives in the summertime?

Head back to the Lodge's warmly relaxed dining room for a mouthwatering evening meal, perhaps indulge in a massage and then...just relax. You've earned your place on cloud nine after all, and at Hapuku Lodge and Treehouses, you've finally arrived!

Things to note

Prices include full breakfasts and 3-course gourmet dinners, as well as a small complimentary mini-bar. No minimum stay requirement. Disability access: Olive House features a ground floor bedroom for those with mobility issues.

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The basics

The basics

Region: Kaikoura, Canterbury
Cost (from): £450 per night
Sleeps: Varies
Bedrooms: Varies
Bathrooms: 1 per property
Minimum stay: 1 night
Property ref: 642

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Treehouses sleep 2, king size bed, en-suite bathroom, shower, Jacuzzi, mini-bar, fireplace, satellite TV, Wi-Fi access, balcony. Family Treehouses sleep 4 with a second, smaller king bedroom.

Lodge Rooms & Suites sleep 2/3 people, king size bed, en-suite bathroom, soaking tub, Jacuzzi, mini-bar, fireplace (except Lodge Room), satellite TV, Wi-Fi access, balcony or terrace.

Olive House sleeps up to 3, king size bed, en-suite bathroom, kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, LCD TV, DVD player, Wi-Fi access, terrace.

Local activities

Onsite: mountain bike rental, olive picking, antler harvesting, surf lessons, massage, swimming pool. 

Offsite: dolphin spotting, birdwatching, whale watching, sea kayaking, helicopter tours, hiking, golf, horse riding, Maori settlements, coastal walks.

At a glance

At a glance

  • A selection of hand-built treehouses, Lodge suites and a self-contained apartment, set within the base of the Kaikoura Seaward Mountain Range on New Zealand's South Island.
  • Fly to Marlborough Airport, 55 miles from the site. Shuttle services can be arranged.
  • All accommodation features a private bathroom. Meals are freshly prepared and served in the on-site dining room, and picnic baskets can be prepared for daytime excursions.
  • Onsite pool and sauna.
  • There is an abundance of activity to be enjoyed in the local area, from walking and cycling to guided ocean fishing trips and marine life watching.

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