Directions to The Lodge

Kaikoura sits halfway between Picton and Christchurch on the East Coast of New Zealand’s South Island.
You will find Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses 12kms North of Kaikoura on State Highway 1.

 

There are a few ways to get to the Lodge:

DRIVE
One main road traverses the East Coast of the South Island, State Highway 1. Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses is conveniently located just off the highway at the intersection of Station Road. 

IF TRAVELLING FROM THE NORTH (From Picton, Nelson, Blenheim)
You can see a small sign next to the train tracks on the ocean side of the road labeled Hapuku. The Lodge is located 2kms past the sign on the left side of the road. 

When you see the sign for Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses, turn onto Station Rd and you're here!

IF TRAVELLING FROM THE SOUTH (From Christchurch, Hanmer, Kaikoura Township)
Continue through Kaikoura 12kms, cross over the Hapuku River Bridge, come up a rise and the Lodge will be on your right. 

Distance and approximate driving times to Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses:
•    Christchurch: 183km (113 miles); 2 hrs. 30 mins
•    Hanmer: 133km (82 miles); 2 hrs
•    Picton (N. Island Ferry): 157 km (97 miles); 2 hrs 15 mins.
•    Nelson: 245 km (152 miles); 3hrs. 30 mins.
•    Blenheim: 129 km (80 miles); 1 hr 30 mins

TRAIN
The Tranz Coastal is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful train journeys. It takes you from Christchurch to Picton, stopping in Kaikoura. The tracks hug the rugged coastline and the rear open car allows passengers to feel the salt spray. The Kaikoura train station, also serving as the Whale Watch terminal, coincidentally called the “Whale Way Station,” is located in the center of town. Hapuku locals have been known to ask the train engineer to slow down the train near the small Hapuku station (a little tin building with faded lettering) and jump off. This places you just down the country lane from the Lodge.

If arriving by train, plane or bus, we will pick you up from town on arrival and drop you back into town on departure for no fee. Should you need to go into town during your stay, we can transport you for a shuttle fee or you can request a ride from one of the two taxi companies servicing Kaikoura.

Itinerary #1 - 14 Day Christchurch 'Southern Loop'

Day 1 – Arrive Christchurch - Overnight: Christchurch
Day 2 – Christchurch to Kaikoura - Overnight: Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses
Day 3 – Kaikoura - Overnight: Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses
Day 4 – Kaikoura - Overnight: Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses
Day 5 – Kaikoura to Nelson - Overnight: Nelson City
Day 6 – Nelson to Abel Tasman - Overnight: Abel Tasman
Day 7 – Abel Tasman to Franz Josef - Overnight: Franz Josef
Day 8 – Franz Josef - Overnight: Franz Josef
Day 9 – Franz Josef to Wanaka - Overnight: Wanaka
Day 10 – Wanaka to Queenstown - Overnight: Queenstown
Day 11 – Queenstown - Overnight: Queenstown
Day 12 – Queenstown - Overnight: Queenstown
Day 13 – Queenstown to Mt Cook - Overnight: Mt Cook Village
Day 14 – Mt Cook to Christchurch

 

 

Itinerary #2 – 14 Day Wellington to Queenstown ‘South Island Top to Bottom’

Day 1 – Wellington to Picton - Overnight: Bay of Many Coves
Day 2 – Marlborough - Overnight: Bay of Many Coves
Day 3 – Marlborough to Blenheim - Overnight: Blenheim/wine country
Day 4 – Blenheim to Kaikoura - Overnight: Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses
Day 5 – Kaikoura - Overnight: Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses
Day 6 – Kaikoura - Overnight: Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses
Day 7 – Christchurch - Overnight: Christchurch
Day 8 – Christchurch - Overnight: Christchurch
Day 9 – Christchurch to Greymouth - Overnight: Franz Josef
Day 10 – Franz Josef - Overnight: Franz Josef
Day 11 – Franz Josef to Wanaka - Overnight: Wanaka
Day 12 – Wanaka to Queenstown - Overnight: Queenstown
Day 13 – Queenstown - Overnight: Queenstown
Day 14 – Queenstown

Itinerary #3 – 14 Day Queenstown to Christchurch ‘Explore the Deep South’

Day 1 – Queenstown - Overnight: Queenstown
Day 2 – Queenstown - Overnight: Queenstown
Day 3 – Queenstown to Te Anau - Overnight: Doubtful Sound Cruise
Day 4 – Doubtful Sound to Te Anau - Overnight: Te Anau
Day 5 – Te Anau to Dunedin - Overnight: Dunedin
Day 6 – Dunedin - Overnight: Dunedin
Day 7 – Dunedin to Christchurch - Overnight: Christchuch
Day 8 – Christchurch to Hanmer Springs - Overnight: Hanmer Springs
Day 9 – Hanmer Springs - Overnight: Hanmer Springs
Day 10 – Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura - Overnight: Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses
Day 11 – Kaikoura - Overnight: Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses
Day 12 – Kaikoura - Overnight: Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses
Day 13 – Kaikoura to Christchurch - Overnight Christchurch
Day 14 – Christchurch