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Hapuku Lodge & Treehouses, Kaikoura
State Highway 1 at Station Road, Kaikoura
The creation of the luxur y eco-lodge, Hapuku Lodge and Tree
Houses was the dream of Tony Wilson, a San Francisco based Kiwi.
The Hapuku project includes five tree houses that sit 30 feet in the
air amongst a 120-year-old kanuka grove and were designed with the
vision of giving guests a bird eye view through the trees, gazing out to
the Pacific Ocean and to the Kaikoura mountain range.
The recipient of the 2017 Genesis Best Environmental/Sustainable
Business Award, Hapuku’s ‘Green Mission Statement’ is to nurture
Kaikoura’s unique environment, restor ing it through planting native
trees and continuously improving their sustainability.
Everything possible is recycled, reused or composted. Food waste is
used to feed local pigs on a nearby small scale, rare breed pig far m with
this delicious pork often finding its way onto the menu at the Lodge.
80% of their food is sourced from local far mers and purveyors
allowing for a direct far m to plate relationship. Executive Chef, Fiona
Read and her team, produce seasonal vegetables and herbs from the
kitchen garden, while the Lodges own olive trees produce most of their
The judges said “everything Hapuku does is done with not only
the guest but also the environment in mind. The commitment to the
environment enhances the guests stay and leaves you feeling connected
with the Kaikoura community”.
54 Sargood Drive, Wanaka
to guests is centred
around ‘war m
Souther n hospitality’
and is about being
in their guests with
the aim of enr iching
their stay. Judges felt
this was absolutely
delivered on and
why they are the
very worthy recipient
of the Sleepyhead
Commercial Best Hotel Award 2017.
Now in its 31st year of business Edgewater is an endur ing
accommodation product in the Wanaka tour ism offer ing. The
only accommodation in town located right on the lakefront,
guests regularly comment on the immediate sense of tranquility
Recent refurbishments mean the 103 rooms have a moder n
style without detracting from the magnificent scenery just
outside their window. This has also been extended through to
the Wineglass Café and Lobby Lounge with changes made in
2016 to give these areas more of a ‘lodge’ feel.
Edgewater’s customer mix is predominantly inter national
visitors from Australia, UK, Europe, North Amer ica and China
and staff who speak a number of languages ensures an enjoyable
and ‘lost in translation’ free stay. Such is the demand for
Edgewater’s waterfront accommodation that staff levels are now
maintained year-round, where previously there were distinct
seasonal peaks and troughs.
SKY TV BEST NEIGHBOURHOOD BAR & EATERY
6 Park Road, Miramar, Wellington
Park Kitchen is a busy suburban eatery and bar located in the heart of Wellington’s
film industry on the Miramar Peninsula. Open seven days a week for breakfast,
lunch and dinner the team takes pride in being the local hub for film industry
workers, tour ists, business people, locals and
As recipients of the Sky TV Best Neighbourhood Bar & Eatery Award 2017 Park Kitchen fills the
role well - by day a comfortable café for mums and bubs, even a coffice (yes, that is a word) for all those
coffee meetings away from the office, meaning lots of thoughtfully located power points for charging
laptops, not to mention the free wifi. Lunch mor phs again with local workers and the evening heralds
the firing up of the Josper charcoal barbeque oven.
Visiting Park Kitchen on a cold wintery mid-week night, the judge was impressed with a ver y
comfortable welcoming atmosphere and a good mix of clientele settling in for the evening. An
impressive range of craft beers, including some custom brewed just for Park Kitchen was supported by a
waiter who knew his beer. The food was excellent with plenty of choice and lots a small plate options.
When Park Kitchen opened in August 2015 they wanted to fill a gap in the Miramar market
between the local water ing holes and the fine dining market – the judges felt they had achieved this
and were confident the Miramar locals would feel the same.
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