Hapuku Lodge & Te Koi Lodge at Bronte

A Luxury Lodge Escape !

Deal Details

Travel Dates

Luxury Lodge Escape – Hapuku Lodge & Te Koi Lodge at Bronte

Sale Ends

Apr 30, 2022

Priced From

$3,949 per person

Trip Information

Christchurch to Nelson
6 nights / 7 days

For a stunning luxury lodge experience, collect your rental car in Christchurch and head north through Waipara wine country to Kaikoura for a special stay at Hapuku Lodge in a stunning rural and mountain setting. Enjoy whale watching from the skies, and a Heli-picnic at a remote location on Mt Fyffe. From Kaikoura drive to sunny Nelson and Mapua, to stay at the Te Koi Bronte Lodge. These two beautiful lodges are part of the Luxury Lodges of New Zealand - a select group of the  finest boutique properties in New Zealand. 


Inclusions & Highlights:


  • Car rental - Toyota RAV 4 (or similar) Christchurch to Nelson, 7 days, unlimited kilometres, standard insurance
  • 3-night accommodation at Hapuku Lodge, Hapuku Room, Kaikoura including cooked breakfast and dinner (no beverages)
  • Kaikoura Heli-Picnic on Mt Fyffe
  • Whale Watching by plane, Kaikoura
  • Wine tasting and Estate Tour at Clos Henri
  • 3-night accommodation at Te Koi Lodge Bronte, Villa Room, breakfast and dinner and welcome drink 
  • Able Tasman Boat & Walk Eco tour onboard Golden Future
  • Detailed day by day itinerary   
  • 15% GST government tax




Day 1: Christchurch City – Kaikoura (D)

The rental company will pick you up at the airport to collect your car and sign the rental contract.

Drive north on SH1. The Waipara Valley is the fastest growing wine region in New Zealand with around 80 vineyards; it is worth stopping for a wine tasting session if you have time. 

Few places in the world can boast of such natural wonders as those offered by land and sea in Kaikoura... The mountains are very close to the sea and covered by snow 10 months per year.


  • SEALS - You can watch some at the end of the peninsula, or at the Ohau Point water falls. Please stay behind the fences.
  • ORNITHOLOGY - If you are fond of birds, this is a good place to watch them, especially Albatrosses.
  • FISHING - Many local fishermen are keen to take you out in the water. Their phone number is usually written on their boat.
  • WALKS - If you enjoy walking, the I-Site has a selection of maps and suggestions, the Kaikoura area offers walks for all tastes and levels of fitness, ranging from a length of thirty minutes to half and full day tracks and more energetic tramps and climbs. It is worth driving up to Mt Fyffe for a breath-taking view of the peninsula. At the edge of the peninsula you can watch seals and have a walk on the coastal track.

Hapuku Lodge, Kaikoura

Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses is a contemporary country hotel located on a deer breeding farm in the South Island of New Zealand, 12 kilometres North of the renowned eco-marine town of Kaikoura. It sits snugly at the base of the Kaikoura Seaward Mountain Range, with the Kaikoura coast and famed Mangamaunu Bay only a kilometre to the east. The Lodge provides luxurious accommodation on Kaikoura’s rugged coastline, a place for guests to relax in its intimate indoor/outdoor setting and a place from which they can explore the larger maritime landscape of Kaikoura.

All lodge rooms are suites which offer large soaking tubs, king beds and balconies that look over the farm’s deer grazing in paddocks adjacent to the Kaikoura mountains. The light filled Hapuku Room is beautifully furnished with fireplace, writing desk and private entrance.

While there are many things to do in the wider Kaikoura district, at the Lodge and within its environs there is plenty to do if a guest is so inclined. Try one’s skill at country and mountain biking with the Lodge's mountain bikes (and helmets). A variety of walks can be taken from the Lodge, from short to long, beach to bush, with a picnic basket if desired, including a botanical tour of the local native bush. An ocean fishing trip can be arranged, which can include the opportunity to catch a crayfish.

From the Lodge: (Some activities may be subject to additional cost)

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

Dining and the dining room at the Lodge, with its relaxed and warm atmosphere, is at the heart of the Hapuku Lodge experience. The area in which the Lodge is located, was designated on the first European maps of the district as “Kai Whare”, the Maori term for “house of food”. Here you can watch the food being prepared and chat with our chefs as they prepare your meal. You will realize during your stay that we have a passion for food - for the producing of it, for the preparation and cooking of it and for presenting it. Our Chef manages all matters relating to the food we serve, from the Lodge’s gardens, in which we grow a good deal of the vegetables and herbs used in the kitchen, our free range chickens, the gathering of provisions from local gardeners and producers, sourcing the best meat and fish either directly from the farm or fisherman, the running of the kitchen, the creation of the daily menu and the service. Which is why our guests are prone to say that we have some of the best food in the country. Eating with us will, we believe, enhance and deepen your appreciation of what New Zealand has to offer. 

Day 2: Kaikoura (B,L,D)

Time at leisure at Hapuku Lodge.

Kaikoura Heli-Picnic on Mt Fyffe: Be whisked away for an unforgettable heli-picnic, on top of the beautiful Kaikoura spot, Mt Fyffe. Enjoy a locally prepared and organic picnic hamper and a bottle of Marlborough wine, whilst surrounded by breath taking 360-degree views of the towering mountain ranges, the Kaikoura peninsular and the Pacific Ocean. Take time to capture photos whilst taking in the stunning landscape and the fresh mountain air.

Meeting point: Kaikoura airport 30 minutes prior to the flight

Pick Up and Drop Off at Hapuku occurs a $1099 surcharge per helicopter/party.

Duration is 2 hours. Maximum weight 135kg per person

Day 3: Kaikoura (B,D)

Time at leisure at Hapuku Lodge.

Included: Whale Watching by plane:   

Whale watching by aeroplane offers a unique perspective and the opportunity to view whales and dolphins in their natural environment. From the air passengers can experience the true magnitude of the world’s largest mammal, the whale. These animals can reach an impressive 18 metres in length and weigh up to 60 tonnes and year round they can be viewed off the Kaikoura coast.  All whale watching flights are carried out in accordance with Department of Conservation Marine Mammal Regulations.

Duration is 30 minutes. Maximum weight 135kg per person.

Meeting point: Kaikoura airport 30 minutes prior to the flight

Pick Up and Drop Off at Hapuku occurs a $1099 surcharge per helicopter/party.

Duration is 2 hours. Maximum weight 135kg per person

Day 4: Kaikoura – Blenheim – Nelson/Mapua (B,D)

Drive north on SH1 to Blenheim .

Included: Wine Tasting and Estate tour at Clos Henri*:  (Not open on a Sunday, alternatives will be arranged)

Clos Henri is the Marlborough vineyard of the Domaine Henri Bourgeois, from Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé (France). Gathering 10 generations of know-how with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, the family wanted to broaden its horizons and continue crafting exceptional wines. From the three different soil types of the estate also composed of a hill site, the family uses the best of French and new world viticultural and winemaking techniques to capture the essence of Marlborough varietal character and reveal the identity of the Clos Henri Terroir.

 Te Koi – The Lodge at Bronte


Immerse yourself in pure luxury at this secluded retreat looking out to the stunning waters of the Waimea Estuary, New Zealand.

Te Koi the Lodge offers the ultimate escape for the seasoned traveler - a luxury lodge filled with charm and basking in natural beauty. Set amidst luscious gardens on a secluded point overlooking the stunning waters of the Waimea Estuary, Te Koi plays to all the senses. Seasoned Chef, Ali, and Sommelier, Ian Metcalfe are at your service for specially prepared dinners featuring local delicacies, matched with delicious wines from the region. Specially chartered helicopter and boat trips can be arranged to explore the local surrounds in style. 

Sit back, relax and breathe in the intoxicating beauty of this luxury retreat. Te Koi is located approximately half way between Nelson city and Abel Tasman National Park. Centrally placed in the region and accessible by road and helicopter, its tranquil, park-like setting belies its proximity to amenities; just 25 minutes drive to Nelson airport and 30 minutes to Nelson City.

Day 5: Mapua/ Te Koi Lodge (B,L)

Included: Abel Tasman Boat & Walk Eco Tour: a fun and relaxing journey through the ecosystems of the Abel Tasman National Park. We explore the wonderous Islands, forests, beaches, rivers and seas of Te Tai Tapu (The Sacred Coast).Your expert guide is a trained biologist and will ‘open your eyes’ to the rich history and ecology of this stunning area.   This is a small group of less than 20 guests. This tour is authentic and personal, and skippered by a world-class guide.  

Day 6: Mapua/ Te Koi Lodge (B)

Day at leisure to enjoy the lodge and surrounding area.

Te Koi The Lodge At Bronte: Villa Room

Included: accommodation including continental breakfast

Day 7: Mapua/ Te Koi Lodge – Nelson Airport (B)

Today depart Te Koi Lodge and head back to Nelson to drop your vehicle at the airport.

Arrangements end.



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