My wife Jesse and I stayed here towards the end of our 2 week honeymoon in November of 2012, and after two weeks in a camper van, it was a welcome change of pace and scenery.
From the moment we arrived, we were immediately attended to by the staff. They offered to take our luggage from the parking lot to our tree house, and gave us a great recommendation for lunch in the area. Our room was by far the nicest during our trip, and it felt cozy and huge all at the same time! They also provide a great concierge service that was able to book us a whale watching trip the following day. Very convenient!
Our view from the all-glass shower (that opened onto the deck) was an interesting design that gave us an expansive view from the olive orchard all the way to the ocean, while also allowing total privacy from everyone around you. The shower head was a rainfall style, and you honestly felt like you were standing outside in a storm. AMAZING!!!! And big enough for two ;)
The bed was the most comfortable bed we have ever slept on - California king, awesome pillows, sheets - firm mattress which I can only assume is a Tempurpedic or some equivalent model. There was also a complimentary minibar stocked with great beer and juices. Plasma TV, and an ipod player as well! When we were brought to our treehouse, the ipod was already playing, and it set the mood for the rest of our stay.
The best part was the mountain view of the unit, which looked out onto the Kaikoura Range and made them feel practically on top of you! In the sitting area in front of the bay window, was a wood burning stove with two chez lounges, where the wife and I sat and enjoyed some wine and a fire.
The meals were also amazing! I had the venison raised on site! Breakfast was also good, with both continental and hot breakfasts served.
Overall, this place exceeded our expectations and blew our minds. It was without a doubt the most luxurious hotel experience of our trip, and while expensive, worth every penny!
- 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