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News from the farm…

A few weeks ago, an abandoned baby deer was rescued by Alastair, our farm manager. Alastair and his grandchildren are now raising the fawn on a bottle, as a result she has become very friendly toward humans.




The grandchildren have named her Rosie. When Rosie gets a little older, we will find her a home paddock near the Lodge so guests can visit with Rosie.

Lonely Planet ranks Kaikoura in world top 500 food experiences

Visit the New Zealand coast where the crayfish is so good they named a town after it.


On the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island, about two hours’ drive north of Christchurch, is the picturesquely situated town of Kaikoura. Famous for the abundance of marine life present offshore, with sperm whales, dolphins and seals often spotted close to land, the town’s name derives from the Maori words ‘Kai’, meaning food, and ‘Koura’, meaning crayfish.

Quotas on the number of crayfish being caught in this region have been put in place to protect the marine life here and promote sustainable practices.  © Lonely Planet

Here at The Lodge, Chef Fiona Read serves the Kaikoura crayfish Whole and Grilled with a Chili, Horseradish & Lime Butter.

© Jessica Ward

© Jessica Ward


State Highway 1 reopening after one year

Great News !! The New Zealand Transport Authority has confirmed that State Highway 1 (SH1), both north and south of Kaikoura, will reopen to traffic on December 15, 2017. It should be noted that initially the road will be open only from 7am until 8.30pm. Travelers will need to plan accordingly.

194 kms of our SH1 was badly-damaged by more than 85 landslides caused by the magnitude-7.8 earthquake in November of last year. We would like to send a BIG Thank You to all the people who have literally moved mountains to get the highway re-opened by this Christmas !

State Highway 1 - Mangamaunu

State Highway 1 - Mangamaunu

The stunning journey along Kaikoura's coastline is yours to enjoy once again. We look forward to welcoming you to Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses!

More information about the current conditions on the highway is available at