Kaikoura is on the East Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Here the blue Pacific waters, teeming with marine life, meet the snow-clad mountains of the Kaikoura Ranges. This incredible scenery is home to many adventures unique to this part of the world. You can swim with dolphins and seals, watch whales and encounter albatross. There are also many other activities such as golf, surfing, fishing, horse-riding, walking and bike tours. Kaikoura has many wonderful restaurants and art galleries and offers a full range of activities from relaxation through to extreme sports.
The Factory is on the beachfront at Hapuku, 10 minutes north of Kaikoura. It offers five-star luxury lodgings in a separate wing of the historic Hapuku Dairy Factory with dramatic views of snow-covered mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. Your stay at The Factory is exclusive, with only one party of up to six people booked at a time, ensuring you are guaranteed privacy and peace to relax and enjoy the stunning location.
Just after midnight on November 14th the Kaikoura area suffered a severe earthquake. We are both safe and well as is The Factory itself. There is no structural damage to the building or its surrounds – a testament to the integrity of the building. We are now fully functional and ready for guests, although, at this stage, there is still limited road access to Kaikoura.
An emergency access route has been opened up but there are restrictions. This link to The New Zealand Transport Authority will keep you updated as to how to access Kaikoura with details of the restrictions in place.
It is hoped that the coastal road south – State Highway 1 – will be open by mid-December but it may be some months before the coastal road north to Picton will be open. There is access from the north but only via the emergency access route.
Sounds Air is also running services to/from Kaikoura.
Kaikoura is already recovering with most restaurants up and running, the New World supermarket open and business operators are positive about the year ahead.
Although Whale Watch and Dolphin Encounter are unable to operate tours at the moment until the marina is dredged, their land offices and cafes are open and the following operators are fully operational:
Wings Over Whales, South Pacific Helicopters, Kaikoura Helicopters, Kaikoura Kayaks, Kaikoura Coast Track, Seal Swim Kaikoura, Kaikoura Lavender Farm, The Point Sheep Shearing, Kaikoura Golf Club, Kaikoura Museum and the Waikoura Springs & Freshwater Crayfish Farm.
Our marine life, thankfully, doesn’t seem to have been adversely affected with 5 resident sperm whales spotted along with several large pods of dusky dolphins.
With the seabed having risen more than 2 metres in some places, it is a fascinating firsthand insight into the power of nature.
We are hopeful that you will continue to support our beautiful town by visiting as soon as you are able. It may take slightly longer to get here but, be assured, it will be well worth it.
Janet and Paul
The Factory accommodation is in a separate wing of the factory that has three bedrooms and a bathroom with open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge. With luxurious furnishings and linen, a log burner fire and heated flooring throughout, The Factory in Hapuku is the ideal place for couples, families and groups of friends to stay all year round.