Luxury Hotels in Christchurch, Kaikoura & Canterbury District

If, like us, the dream of sleeping in a treehouse has lingered ever since you were a kid, then Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses is just the ticket. Rubbing shoulders with the treetops on Kaikoura’s sweeping coastline, the luxury tree suites overlook dramatic mountains, olive groves and the spellbinding sea, where you can spot resident dolphins and whales. Alternatively, for couples after a romantic retreat, consider the beguiling Otahuna Lodge in Christchurch or if you want superb views of the area's rugged wilderness, then we recommend spending a few nights at the Arthur's Pass Wilderness Lodge. Take a look at our handpicked hotels and lodges below for more inspiration:

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Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses

Location: Christchurch, Kaikoura & Canterbury District | New Zealand

At Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses, stay in rooms and tree houses overlooking snow-capped mountains and deer-populated hills. Located on Kaikoura’s picturesque coast, swimming with dolphins and whale watching are popular activities in this corner of New Zealand’s scenic South Island.

Best for: Setting & Views, Wildlife & Nature, Romantic, Seriously special

Otahuna Lodge

Location: Christchurch, Kaikoura & Canterbury District | New Zealand

Regarded as New Zealand’s largest private historic residence, Otahuna Lodge is housed inside a beguiling Victorian mansion. Bordered by ancient volcanoes and beautifully-tended gardens, indulge in gourmet New Zealand cuisine and while away afternoons strolling around the golden daffodil fields that surround the lodge.

Best for: Lodge, Setting & Views, Hideaway, Wildlife & Nature

Arthur's Pass Wilderness Lodge

Location: Christchurch, Kaikoura & Canterbury District | New Zealand

Arthur’s Pass Wilderness Lodge is a luxurious hotel on a working sheep farm near Arthur’s Pass, an area of rugged wilderness in the Southern Alps of New Zealand’s South Island. The lodge’s rustic-chic exterior, all wood, glass and corrugated iron, houses cosy and luxurious rooms which have beautiful views of the mountains and are the perfect base from which to explore your ruggedly photogenic surroundings.

Best for: Setting & Views, Wildlife & Nature, Walking & Trekking, Water activities

Lake Heron Station

Location: Christchurch, Kaikoura & Canterbury District | New Zealand

Lake Heron Station is a luxurious country hotel in a stunning setting in New Zealand’s High Country, surrounded by 19,600 hectares of mountains, glaciers, forests and valleys.

Best for: Setting & Views, Peace & Quiet, Family-friendly, Off the Beaten Track

The George

Location: Christchurch, Kaikoura & Canterbury District | New Zealand

A stylish boutique hotel in the heart of Christchurch, The George is perfectly situated to enjoy this charming city. Embellished with sleek, modern designs and custom-made furniture, you’ll love this urban sanctuary.

Best for: Chic Design, Boutique Hotel, City Hotel, Food & Wine


Location: Christchurch, Kaikoura & Canterbury District | New Zealand

A historic homestead anchored to the rugged edges of the South Island’s Banks Peninsula, Annandale is rural New Zealand at its best. Amble in private farmland, along kilometres of open coastline, or through the luxurious grounds surrounding this stunning hotel to get a real feel for countryside escapism.

Best for: Setting & Views, Hideaway, Seriously special, Off the Beaten Track

Peppers Bluewater Resort

Location: Christchurch, Kaikoura & Canterbury District | New Zealand

Bordered by the beautiful Southern Alps and the glimmering shores of Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort offers luxurious accommodation in the stunning Mackenzie Basin. Forget the usual hustle and bustle associated with large hotels - instead, escape to the peace and quiet at this Peppers retreat.

Best for: Family-friendly, Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Walking & Trekking

Manakau Lodge

Location: Christchurch, Kaikoura & Canterbury District | New Zealand

In acres of restful manuka groves, Manakau Lodge is a countryside retreat surrounded by alpine escarpments and snowy crests on New Zealand’s eastern seaboard. Make the most of the world-class marine excursions, or head in-land on a wilderness walk. The cosy ocean-view veranda is an idyllic place to stargaze and recline with glass of local wine.

Best for: Setting & Views, Hideaway, Romantic, Food & Wine


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