Manakau Lodge

Location: Christchurch, Kaikoura & Canterbury District | New Zealand

Price guide: $$$$$ Less than $100 per person per night

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.
Perfect forRomantic couples in search of rural seclusion.
In the knowDelve into the magical limestone Maori Leap Cave to see what’s hidden beneath Kaikoura.

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Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Manakau Lodge is in a pretty setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean, just a quick 10-minute drive from Kaikoura on the South Island’s east coast.

Rooms at Manakau Lodge

Contemporary and extremely comfortable, the four rooms at Manakau Lodge have their own private veranda and seating areas offering sweeping mountain or ocean views. Furnishings are handmade in a native timber prized for its warm tones, and the private bathrooms in the deluxe rooms have the added indulgence of irresistibly deep free-standing tubs.

Food & Drink

Kaikoura is a mecca for seafood lovers and Manakau Lodge takes full advantage - crayfish is a local delicacy and a must-try for all. The seasonal menu is prepared daily and includes other regional delights such as New Zealand lamb, beef, Cheviot pork sausages and zingy fresh fruits.


After a day's adventures, relax in the gardens or cosy up on a sofa by the fireplace. 

Activities at Manakau Lodge

There’s a bounty of marine life off Kaikoura’s rugged coastline where whale watching and dolphin spotting are available year-round. Encounter the mountain surrounds via short walks, full-day treks and heli-hikes to some seriously remote locations. There are wineries nearby for budding oenophiles, and anyone else who enjoys a glass of the good stuff.

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Hotel location

Manakau Lodge is approximately a 1.5-hour drive from Christchurch airport.

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