Kaikoura's rich sea life and fertile land has supported Maori and European settlement for over 900 years. Today the Kaikoura district and township of less than 3,000 persons is home to an eclectic population of fishermen, farmers, surfers, artists, craftspeople, tour guides and accommodation hosts. Kaikoura’s dependence on the land and sea for its livelihood has led to general community acceptance of the need for sustainability. As a result, Kaikoura became the first community in New Zealand and the second in the world to achieve EarthCheck Benchmark status, the world’s only global tourism environmental certification.
The area offers visitors a number of cultural, outdoor and culinary options. Within the Kaikoura district there is bird-watching, hiking, mountain biking, golf, and lama trekking.
The confluence of Alpine and coastal environments create breathtaking scenery for hikers.
Puhi Puhi Scenic Reserve, near the Lodge, has some majestic Totora trees which can grow to 35 meters tall.
New Zealand is the first country to witness the sunrise every morning.
The levy path is an easy bush / farm walk to the Hapuku River from the Lodge.
Quad biking through Kaikoura rugged coastline is a thrilling and scenic ride.
Mt Lyford ski resort is only 1.5 hours from Kaikoura.
Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses
Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses is a contemporary country hotel close to Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand. It provides unique tree houses accommodation, a place to relax in an intimate setting and explore Kaikoura's marine life.