Hupuku Lodge is a quite upmarket lodge and pulls most things off very well. We spent two nights in a treehouse which was a great experience.
Let's concentrate on the good bits first - which is basically most of it! The Treehouses are very comfortable, lovely beds, beautiful decor, great views and a sumptuous two person bath. We stayed for dinner one night and the meal was good (not stunning but good) as you would expect a small menu, done well, with some nice local wine. Breakfast was similar, a limited choice continental (cereal (one choice only), fruit, toast etc) and a cooked menu at extra cost.
Staff were very helpful and friendly and did as much as they could to make our stay great, even down to the complimentary bottle of wine for my wifes big 50.
Don't want to dwell on the negatives as the overall experience was good but the lodge is located about 100 meters from highway 1 - which is not like a UK Motorway but did give some traffic noise and the railway is also close, albeit with a limited number of trains. Finally it is (in my view) expensive but book up for a night or two for that special occassion.
- 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