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 horseback riding. Kaikoura was one of the earliest Maori settlements in the South Island. That history provides the context for the South Island’s best Maori cultural tour.
Maori Tours Kaikoura has been awarded NZ’s Best Cultural Experience five times.
Seal pups swim under the Ohau Waterfall every year.
Oahu Waterfall is one of the best places in New Zealand to view Fur Seal pups.
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 confluence of Alpine and coastal environments create breathtaking scenery for hikers.
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.
Experience the wilderness and history of the "Kowhai Gorge" on horseback.
Kaikoura has two golf courses to choose from.
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.