My husband and I spent three nights in the Hapuku room over Christmas 2012.
The Hapuku room is extremely large and comfortable with a fantastic bathroom and lovely views. As the Lodge is small, it has a lovely warm and intimate atmosphere, but it was large enough that we didn't feel too aware of other guests and therefore enjoyed our own privacy.
The staff are sincere and provided good advice on the best things to see and do around Kaikoura. We were a bit surprised to learn on arrival in Kaikoura that all of the wildlife tour operators would be closed for business on Christmas Day as we had hoped to have seen and done as much as possible during our short stay. However the Lodge kept all guests informed and made every possible effort to ensure we didn't have to spend the entire day sitting around doing nothing.
Breakfast and dinner were included in our rate and I must say that the food was excellent. Lots of variety, different options for breakfast and dinner each day, and the quality of the produce was top notch. On Christmas Day, the Lodge laid on a five course dinner in the evening which was executed beautifully. There was one morning when pretty much all guests turned up for breakfast at the same time which resulted in a rather lengthy wait for food cooked to order, but it didn't particularly bother my husband and I.
All in all my husband and I really enjoyed our stay. Kaikoura was the first stop of a South Island trip and Hapuku Lodge certainly set the bar high for the rest of our visit. Staying at Hapuku Lodge doesn't come cheap but it is unique and memorable.
- 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