Hapuku Lodge Kaikoura
As a family of architects and builders, we designed Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses to be a contemporary country hotel. Not limiting our design efforts to the building, we also designed and handcrafted - with local wood working friends - the majority of the furniture throughout the Lodge, including the custom designed beds that some guests say are, "the most comfortable beds in the South Island.” We began in 2003 with six guest rooms in the Main Lodge and the Olive House. In 2006, we added the five luxury Tree Houses. In 2009 we remodelled the Main Lodge, converting the six rooms into four - two Suites, one Lodge Room, and the Hapuku Room - and also added a lap-pool and sauna.
Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses shares the land with our family’s deer stud and oil producing olive grove – Hapuku Farm.
Hapuku Farm was created when Hapuku Lodge owner, Tony Wilson, returned to his country of birth in the early ‘90’s. Tony visited his nephew Paul, who had acquired a modest deer farm overlooking his favourite surf spot at Mangamanu Bay. Soon, Tony and Paul agreed to become partners in Hapuku Deer Farm.
The farm started out small, approximately thirty-five acres of rich soil on the upper plateau above the Lodge. Tony and Paul quickly realized they needed more land to sustain the growing deer herd and purchased the 120 acres of the lower farm, where the Lodge and Tree Houses sit today.
The deer industry relies on three main sources of revenue, venison, the harvest of deer horn velvet, and stags grown for their trophy potential. We farm some deer for venison, but mainly Hapuku is a stud farm concentrating on developing the best genetics for velvet and trophy farmers. We are proud of…
Tony has an enthusiastic appreciation for olive oil and decided to take a crack at producing a Hapuku Farm oil. In 2000, we planted a 1000 tree olive orchard of our favorite Tuscan varietals - Frantoio, Leccino, Minerva, and Pendilino.
In the autumn of the year we can be found, along with neighbors and friends, in the orchard hand picking our adolescent olive trees. The olive press, found on the ground floor of the Olive House, is a pneumatic press based on the original principal of applying pressure to pulverized olives to extract oil. A slow and labor intensive process, on a good day we press about 1 ton of olives producing around 30 liters of oil. Because the orchard is maturing, we source some of our olives from local farmers to turn out an adequate amount of oil.
Serving continental or cooked breakfast, and a three-course dinner menu with numerous options, our kitchen focuses on fresh local ingredients -- fish, meats, and all manner of seasonal vegetables, many from our own little farm. Our chefs prepare meals utilizing the bounty of food-stuff that Kaikoura and New Zealand have to offer. Fresh, unpretentious, and delicious.
We have an extensive all New Zealand wine list, and a wide-range of traditional cocktails, along with local and international beers and non-alocholic beverages.
We can accommodate most dietary concerns, though we can better provide for your needs with advance notification.
Hapuku Lodge Suites
There are four rooms in the Main Lodge: two Suites, the Hapuku Room (overlooking the pool), and the Lodge Room. Each room has spectacular views of the Kaikoura Mountain Range.
Olive House Suite
The Olive House Suite is a spacious apartment with a kitchen, fireplace, open-plan bathroom with a spa tub and rain fountain shower, and a 360-degree view of our olive grove, the Pacific coastline, and the Kaikoura Mountain Range.
Unique New Zealand accommodation, nested 30 feet (10 M) above the ground in the canopy of a native Manuka grove, each Tree House has spectacular views of Kaikoura's dramatic mountains and surf-washed Pacific coastline.
As with the Lodge, the Tree Houses are meant to be a contemporary complement to the natural environment. Their exteriors are clad in native woods and copper shingles. Large windows bring the tree canopy right into the bedroom. Interior furnishings were crafted by local woodworking friends.
Tree House Accommodation
One Bedroom Tree House
The one bedroom Tree House is a favourite for honeymooners and couples looking for a luxurious tree top stay.
Family Tree House
The two-floor Tree Houses were created with families in mind. They include the upper bedroom Tree House for the parents, with a lower bedroom (what we call the Lower Branch Tree House) connected by an interior staircase, for the children.