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Designed by the Wilsons, a family of architects and designers, Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses is located just 12 kilometers north of Kaikoura, between the mountains and the ocean. The contemporary country lodge offers four luxury rooms in the Main Lodge, a stand alone spacious apartment in the Olive House and five luxury Tree Houses. The property is surrounded by a sustainable deer stud farm that includes an olive grove, fruit orchards, and a vineyard. This is also a perfect location to enjoy its eco-marine adventures, including the renowned Whale Watch Tours.

Not limiting their design efforts to the building, they also designed and handcrafted - with local wood working friends - the majority of the furniture throughout the Lodge, including the custom designed beds that some guests say are, "the most comfortable beds in the South Island.” Their kitchen focuses on fresh local ingredients -- fish, meats, and all manner of seasonal vegetables, many from their own little farm. Their chefs prepare meals utilizing the bounty of food-stuff that Kaikoura and New Zealand have to offer. Fresh, unpretentious, and delicious.