Hapuku Lodge perfectly blends an upscale and unique environment with a casual atmosphere and comfort. The architecture of the lodge and the amount of thought put into every item of the interior are simply stunning. Everything from the lighting to the bedding was carefully considered and selected for the purpose of creating a stylish but comfortable atmosphere. The common areas are filled with magnificent woodwork complimented by a large stone fireplace, all with views of the mountains or the deer farm next door.
The large rooms are completely silent, as they were designed to be. The carpeting is thick, and the tiled floors in the bathroom are heated. The lodge boasts that the beds provide the most comfortable sleep in the country, and they are probably right.
Surprisingly, there is no pretentiousness or stuffiness about what Hapuku Lodge has created. We found it to be one of the most friendly and casual places on our trip, and the staff and owners treated us like old friends. We especially appreciated the owner's effort in awakening early to personally make us breakfast before an early-morning excursion.
Don't let the fact that the lodge is 2 minutes out of Kaikoura discourage you, the town is easily accessible and the uniqueness of the lodge more than makes up for a short drive. Plan to stay more than one night to truly enjoy this place, you will not find anything like it.
- 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