Lonely Planet Writer

A former olive press in New Zealand is now a luxury lodge

If you are looking for an opulent getaway that shows off New Zealand’s epic landscapes, a former olive press building has now been converted into a luxury lodge with 360-degree views of the Kaikoura mountain range and coast.

Spend the night in the former olive press room. Image by Olive House

The Olive House is a new lodge on the site of Hapuku Lodge where guests can stay in other forms of unique accommodation like its signature tree houses. The new accommodation is actually the building that formerly held the farm’s olive press. It offers up three king-size bedrooms that can be used for a large family or three couples, with the possibility of separating the building into a two-bedroom property. While the luxurious interior is sure to please, the vast windows are perhaps what travellers will spend the most time looking through, as they can view native bush, an olive orchard and deer herds with dramatic mountains and the Pacific Ocean in the background.

Spend the night in the former olive press room. Image by Olive House

Beyond a king-size bed, each room has a large spa bath that also shares the incredible views. Guests can also hang out the kitchen with a Danish wood-burning fireplace, or on twin balconies that feature a personalised sound system. Evenings at the house will also feature a three-course evening meal made of local foods, like fresh game and seafood.

Spend the night in the former olive press room. Image by Olive House

The area of Kaikoura is famous for its marine life and landscapes and is considered to be one of the world’s top eco-marine tourism destinations, where guests can find wildlife like dolphins, penguins, petrels, and NZ fur seals. The area offers up activities like whale watching, nature tours and bush hiking, so outdoorsy guests will have plenty to do to fill their time. Guests staying at the lodge can even try out the Kaikoura Aftershock Adventure – a 40-minute helicopter flight that shows off geological and environmental changes to Kaikoura coastal areas, mountain ranges, rivers and infrastructure following the devastating earthquake that happened back in 2016.

Find out more about the new lodge here.