Mountains of Olive at a New Kaikoura Luxury Lodge

Posted on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 in Press Releases

Olive House, Hapuku Lodge

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Date: 29/05/18

Travel experts at New Zealand In Depth are proud to announce the opening of New Zealand’s latest luxury lodge, Olive House, converted from an old olive press building into stunning luxury accommodation with 360-degree views of the Kaikoura mountains and coast. 

The new accommodation includes three king sized bedroom suites perfect for three couples or a large family, with the option to separate the building into a two-bedroom property depending on the size of the group.

Paul Carberry, founder of New Zealand In Depth and luxury travel expert, said; “This is a perfect luxury retreat for anyone wanting to experience the finer side of New Zealand. The contemporary yet comfortable space just oozes quality and enhances the spectacular views from its picture windows.”

Located 80 metres from the main lodge at Hapuku, Kaikoura, Olive House offers open plan space with vast windows that celebrate the stunning native bush, olive orchard and deer herds with dramatic mountains and Pacific Ocean beyond.

Each bedroom comes equipped with a custom-made king-sized bed, a luxurious couple’s spa bath and views that will rival any in New Zealand. With a full kitchen, expansive lounge housing a Danish wood burning fireplace and twin balconies all combined with modern technologies including a personalised sound system – everything has been thought of to give guests the full VIP experience.

Every stay in Olive House includes a delicious continental breakfast buffet with a spectacular three -course evening meal available which focuses on local foods and seasonality. The Executive Chef, Fiona, modifies the dinner and breakfast menus daily to bring the freshest game, seafood and other ingredients to the plate.

Kaikoura, with its unparalleled marine life and spectacular landscapes, is one of the world’s leading eco-marine tourism destinations with a wide variety of activities available both on land and at sea from whale watching and nature tours to bush hiking.

A new highlight experience available from Olive House includes the Kaikoura Aftershock Adventure – a 40-minute helicopter flight that showcases natures force and the geological and environmental changes to Kaikoura coastal areas, mountain ranges, rivers and infrastructure following the huge earthquake in November 2016.

“This new flight over the coast and mountains gives you a real appreciation of nature, helping you to understand the forces that created this stunning landscape,” adds Paul Carberry from New Zealand In Depth. “There are not many trips that allow you to set down on land, newly formed by an earthquake, all piloted by some of the first to survey the devastation left from the disaster. It’s a fascinating an awe-inspiring experience in equal measure.”

Available year round, a 5-night 6-day New Zealand In Depth itinerary ( costs from £2,900 per person, not including flights. This includes two nights at Olive House on a full board basis; and three nights in quality bed and breakfast accommodation, a Kaikoura Aftershock helicopter tour and car hire. Based on 4 people sharing Olive House.

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About New Zealand In Depth

The New Zealand In Depth team has created tailor-made holiday experiences to New Zealand for 11 years and are committed to understanding their client’s needs, sharing their expert knowledge and experience of the country and planning trips that leave lasting memories.

New Zealand In Depth has built great relationships with local activities, accommodation and suppliers to offer their clients the chance to experience the real side of New Zealand and get off the beaten track to experiences that are often not available through other operators.

About Paul Carberry – founder of New Zealand In Depth

“I think it was inevitable that I would work in travel and focus on New Zealand in particular. My dad worked in the airline industry for many years for the likes of BOAC, British Airways and then Air New Zealand before he set up his own long-haul travel business.

I had the excitement of growing up imagining travel to distant lands and, after completing a degree in geology and working in the family travel business for a couple of years, I left the UK and spent several months exploring New Zealand returning to set up my own New Zealand travel company in 2003.

Since then I have been fortunate to have been able to travel back to New Zealand many times, feeling that is more and more like home every time I go.”

About Sally Lilley – Travel specialist at New Zealand In Depth

“I met John (my partner) in 1999 and after 20 years in the Financial Services industry jumped at the chance to take 12 months off and travel around the world as a mature backpacker. On returning to the UK in 2001 I worked for a number of organisations in the charity and hospitality sector before deciding New Zealand was where we wanted to live.

John & I emigrated to New Zealand in 2003 and entered the world of hospitality and tourism. Over the next seven years we ran a number of remote Lodges on the South Island including Milford Sound, Lake Moeraki and Arthurs Pass and in 2010 we took over a small group guided tour company based in Christchurch.

We spent the next four years guiding small groups around New Zealand ensuring they had a trip of a lifetime. After 11 years in New Zealand we moved back to the UK for family reasons and now have the pleasure of sending visitors to New Zealand to enjoy all my favourite places – many of which you will not find in the guide books.”