Hapuku Lodge and Treehouses in Kiakoura on the beautiful South Island of New Zealand are truly breath-taking, and until this day is still my favorite place that we have stayed. Copper sheets, rough hewn lumber, manku branches, diffused glass, riveted plywood, rustic furnishings, pristine sheets, cozy blankets, wood burning fire … bliss! With the sea in one direction and mountains to the other, surrounded by vistas, this place is a quiet luxury and provides you a way to experience nature at her best, all viewable from your bed.
DESCRIPTION: The Treehouse is the best way to experience this spot, as they do have a lodge that you can also stay in, but it’s worth the splurge. The shower is wall of glass windows that looks out to the ocean as you bathe, the only thing likely to be looking at you are the sheep in the pasture below. The beds are huge and super comfortable with cozy duvets and blankets to snuggle in. Oddly they don’t encourage you to eat in the room, but we did, picnic style on some wine and a fresh crayfish we bought from a caravan up the road – fresh from the sea and cooked on the spot. There is a onsite restaurant that serves up breakfast and dinner with goodies from local sources including from the Lodge’s farm itself.
LOCATION: Kaikoura is between Picton and Christchurch on the East Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. It is accessible by train from Christchurch, or by car [the option we selected] it is 2.5 hours from Christchurch and approx. 1.5 hours from Blenheim and the famous Marlborough wine region.
HIGHLIGHTS: Exploring the local beaches that were without another human being to be seen, and stumbling across sea lions basking in the sun whilst climbing on the rocks. The area is well-known for whale watching so there is always a chance to see them up close and personal. Soaking in the jetted tub surrounded by candle light, listening to the crackle of the fire and enjoying some of the regions wonderful wines.
WEBSITE: Treehouse Bookings