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Hapuku Lodge & Treehouses 4D/3N (Kaikoura)

Located in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Hapuku Lodge is a 5-star Eco-Retreat just north of the eco-marine town of Kaikoura described as “A maritime Serengeti” and “a Sea World without Walls”.

Nestled 30 feet in the air, the tree houses sit amongst a native Kanuka Grove underneath the majestic Kaikoura Mountains.

Tour Highlights

  • Stay in Tree Houses, nestled 10 meters or more above the ground in the canopy of a native Kanuka grove
  • Watch your food being prepared and chat with the chefs
  • Kaikoura, with its unparalleled marine life and spectacular landscapes, is one of the world’s premier eco-marine tourism destinations
Price from

$3,199.00

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Tour Information

Inclusions:

  • - Return transfers Kaikoura airport or train station
  • - 3 nights One Bedroom Tree House or Lodge room
  • - 3 x gourmet dinners and full breakfasts
  • - Whale watching by boat (all year) or Sunset Seal Kayak (September – April) *Advertised pricing is on a per person basis*

Departures:

Departs Daily, Year Round

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Get picked up at either Kaikoura airport or train station and be taken out to your luxury lodge

Day 2: Whale Watch

The main focus of your tour is to locate and view the Giant Sperm whale.

We average between 1 to 2 whale sightings per tour due to the length of time the whales can stay submerged. The whales form loose pods, keeping several miles between each other, so viewing any more than 1 to 2 whales per trip is a real bonus.

Around 80% of the world’s whale and dolphin species migrate past our coastline so at any given time there is the opportunity for other species of marine mammals to be sighted such as Blue, Fin, Sei, Humpback, Minke, Pilot, Orca and Southern Right Whales, Common Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins, Elephant Seals and Leopard Seals.

Depending on the amount of time available after viewing the Sperm whales, the captain of the vessel may decide to move in along the coastline and see what other types of marine life can be encountered. This could include Dusky and Hector Dolphins and the New Zealand Fur Seal. Kaikoura is also home to around 75% of the world’s pelagic sea bird species which include Wandering and Royal Albatross, Mollymawk Albatross, Petrels, Shearwaters, Prions, Fulmars, Gannets, Terns and Herons.

Throughout your tour there is an onboard visual presentation, “World of the Whales” – an experience that takes passengers “virtually” to the bottom of the Kaikoura undersea canyon. The presentation also provides information for a variety of marine life found in Kaikoura waters.

Time spent on the water is just over 2 hours. Including check-in time, safety briefing and bus transfers you should allow 3 hours 15 minutes in total.

Day 3: Free Day

Free day at the lodge to experience whatever takes your fancy!

Options include:

  • – Explore the local Hapuku trails on a Mountain bike
  • – Help pick olives (May-June)
  • – Watch the harvesting of antlers from the farm’s stags
  • – Learn to surf at famed Mangamaunu surf break
  • – Swim in the ocean or sit by the Pool/Sauna
  • – Have a massage
  • – Take a picnic excursion
  • – Or just sit by the fire with a glass of wine

Day 4: Departure

After enjoying your taste of luxury in New Zealand get transferred back to either Kaikoura airport or train station