Reopening of The Olive House

Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses is delighted to now have available our new Olive House.

The Olive House is a free standing building that used to house our farm's olive press. We relocated our press and have turned the building into a beautifully realized three-bedroom suite of rooms.

It can comfortably accommodate 3 couples or large families.

The upper floor can be separately occupied as a two-bedroom suite including the lounge, while the ground floor room can be occupied as a stand alone guest room.

Our new digs are the perfect place to unpack your bags and settle in to enjoy the Lodge's unique environment.

Soak in the view.

Soak in the view.


Kaikoura Earthquake - Transfer Options To Hapuku Lodge - Update

Following the severe earthquake on the 14th November 2016 that had hit Kaikoura, we want to share with you the latest road and air access to Hapuku Lodge:

Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses has reopened and has been welcoming guests since early December 2016.


  • SH1 South to Christchurch is OPEN

  • Inland Route 70 between Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura is OPEN

  • SH1 North from Kaikoura-Clarence/Picton remains CLOSED (It is anticipated that this road will be open by approximately Nov 2017)

Please refer to the NZ Transport Authority website for the latest information.


Flights on the Kaikoura-Blenheim route have been extended through until the end of February!

The Christchurch-Kaikoura flights will be ending on the 27th January. 

From the 31st of Jan schedule is: 

  • Blenheim to Kaikoura 11:45 - 12:15

  • Kaikoura to Blenheim 12:45 - 13:15

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Private Helicopter & Charter fixed wing plane options are also available and we continue to offer travel subsidies for those travelling by Air to Kaikoura.

Photo © KookePhoto

Summertime, Sunshine & Kai Moana in Kaikoura

The garden is bursting with Summer vegetables, the hot house overflowing with tomatoes, the Pohutukawa is flowering and the birds are in abundance.

Summer is the traditional time for Kiwis to flock to the ocean in search of Kaikoura’s namesake Crayfish (Lobster), Blue Cod and all manner of different Kai Moana (Seafood)

During the day many of our guests are out Whale Watching by boat or by air, swimming with Dolphins, Seals or even Kayaking around the inlets of Kaikoura; returning in the evening for a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and fresh produce from the garden, farm and sea for dinner.

It is a busy time in Kaikoura and at the Lodge and it is a time where we invite many visitors who are staying in Kaikoura to come and have dinner at the Lodge.

Available all year round we offer the opportunity to dine in our restaurant for a set price of $100 including gst per person. This is a set three course meal with usually three choices per course & a chefs surprise to start. 

Call one of our team today on 03 319 6559 or book a table online.

Gift vouchers - ideal for those last minute presents!

Are you still searching for the ultimate Christmas gift?

We have gift vouchers available; including Accommodation, Dining and Spa vouchers.

Treat your family member, friend or colleague to a relaxing break, or an adrenalin pumping adventure on the Kaikoura Coast!

Following the 7.8 earthquake last November 14th, help us spread the word that we have reopened and ready to host guests again!

Contact us to buy vouchers.

Kaikoura Earthquake - Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses to reopen on 1 December 2016

An official update for you from Tony, Chris, Fiona and the Team at Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses.

At a little after midnight on the 14th November the Kaikoura area experienced a severe earthquake. All guests and staff of Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses, located just north of Kaikoura, are safe and well.  Our buildings are designed to a high specification and suffered no structural damage – New Zealand’s building codes are among the world’s best.

Thank you to all the support we have received from the tourism industry, our partners and suppliers. 

Key Information for Partners & Guests

  • Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses is planning to host guests on 1 December 2016 pending establishment of transport links and electrical supply

  • No cancellation fees will be applied for any bookings effective 14th November until 15 December 2016

  • The latest information to hand, it is anticipated that a road route via Waipara and Culverden will be available in the next few days and over the coming week – we will update you on developments 

  • We are developing alternative transport options including subsidised helicopters and small plane transfers for access to Hapuku Lodge

  • Many of our tourism activity partners will be up and running soon too so we will keep you informed about activities for guests during their stay – new activities and experiences are already in development 

Please note that media reports both domestic and international are not always factual and may not represent the reality of what is occurring on the ground.  Kaikoura whilst hit hard is already recovering and business operators are positive about the year ahead.

Kaikoura remains one of the world’s top marine destinations and needs your support over the coming months to ensure we can share our beautiful destination.

We will continue to keep you informed of progress.

In the meantime please use Kerryn Ralston as the contact for all bookings etc.

Earthquake in Kaikoura

Kaikoura experienced a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on November 14, 2016. All staff and guests at Hapuku Lodge are safe and well. Most of the communications are down. For guests intending on coming to Hapuku Lodge in the next few days please contact your travel agent to arrange alternative accommodation. The property is not badly damaged and we will be up and running very soon.

Spring is in the air

As the season begins to change, the days get longer and the first spring bulbs start to flourish, we wake up to the warmth of the new season filtering in through open windows.

Spring also signals the time where Kaikoura comes fully to life with the local festivals and return of the Huttons Shearwater birds that perch in the Kaikoura mountains. They spend their time in the mountains which is only a short flight to the waters edge where the Hutton's shearwaters can exploit this marine supermarket regularly.

Fiona our Executive Chef considers Spring her best season as all the fresh produce that starts to appear in the garden and our continuing supply of local Kaikoura seafood. 

Why not getaway for a weekend at Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses with our Celebration Package which includes two nights in a tree house, dinner both evenings, bottle of French champagne on arrival, a picnic basket to explore the surrounding area & complimentary minibar. All for the price of $2870.

Call one of our team today on 03 319 6559 to book your Hapuku Escape
Please note: Direct bookings only.  Prices include GST. 

Unbelievable experience with the baby seal pups

Autumn also signals the time where the Kekeno (local baby Seal pups) head up to their natural nursery up the Ohau Stream under the waterfall.

The world famous Ohau Stream seal pup nursery is just 10 minutes drive north of Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses.

The baby fur seas are born in November each year and by April/May they are old enough to travel up the Ohau fresh water stream to a waterfall, where they remain for several days while their mothers are out at sea on foraging trips.  This incredible experience only takes place between April and September. This makes the timing perfect time to come & visit.

During their time at the base of the waterfall, the pups develop social, swimming and foraging skills.  They will often be seen playing with sticks and leaves in the water, chasing each other and generally being cute and curious.

Look at the short video we made of those pups at the Ohau Stream.

Autumn is a beautiful time of year in Kaikoura

After such a wonderful warm summer it is quite welcoming to see the leaves turn a warming color of Auburn and fall to the ground.

Autumn at Hapuku is such an enjoyable time of the year, as the temperature drops fires are lit in the evening, the air is sweet with the smell of burning manuka and the unmistaken sound of the Stags can be heard as they begin to roar heading into the mating season. This is certainly the sound of Autmun with the first light dusting of snow on the mountains and sound of the wind as it whips over the mountains as they come to life.

Kids can stay for free during May & June at Hapuku Lodge to visit the local seal pups.

A family night stay at Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses includes a two story Family Tree House including a three course dinner, a full Hapuku breakfast, complimentary minibar & treats for the kids. All for the price of $1171 including GST.

Hapuku Family Escape - where kids stay for free - $1171 incl GST