Best Wilderness Retreats In The World: Hapuku Lodge, New Zealand

Reviews : Accommodation

Name: Hapuku Lodge

Location: New Zealand

Hapuku Lodge is a treetop resort situated in Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand. This is the perfect place to whale watch or to watch dolphins, fur seals and the other marine creatures that visit its waters.

The small town of Kaikoura sits on a rocky outcrop on the South Island’s east coast, flanked by mountain peaks. Hapuku Lodge, a property we especially like here, makes the most of its location. Quirky yet chic treehouse-style rooms offer views of both the mountain ranges and the coastline.

Set within an olive farm, the lodge admirably maintains the responsible travel ethos that Kaikoura as a community has spearheaded with its eco-friendly wildlife-watching trips. Hapuku offsets its guests’ carbon footprints by planting a native New Zealand tree for every visitor who stays longer than two nights. The food, too, is locally sourced where possible.

The treehouses are great for year-round stays, with big balconies for summertime and a wood burning stove for cooler evenings.

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