The Artists Retreat is a unique, cozy and private, 2 storey, 3 bedroom timber house.

NO, you don't need to be an Artist to stay! If you do happen to get your "artistic flair on"

 whilst staying here, great! Some of our guests drawings are hung in the house

so please give it a go, if not just come stay to relax and enjoy!

We are perched up on a small hill with amazing views from all windows overlooking back to

Kaikoura township, rolling farmlands on the right the Pacific Ocean on the left & the 

Seaward mountains are behind.

We have the best of both country and town as we are conveniently located 

a scenic 8 minutes drive north of all the town's attractions has on offer.

 A perfect base for those wanting to travel slightly further out

 to be able explore some of the surrounding districts attractions too.

If your travelling by yourself, a couple, a group of people or a family look no further!

You have the whole house to yourself  for the duration of your stay.


We are ideal for any length of stay you will need:

 A quick night stay when passing through Kaikoura,

a mid week stay for a night or two, (or three or four)

a weekend away to recharge, 

or a longer stay to experience everything Kaikoura and the surrounds has to offer.

Whatever length of stay you are having you'll still be wishing you booked to stay a bit longer!


Everyone seems to be in agreement that a minimum 2 night stay in 

Kaikoura is best especially if booking any marine activities as adverse sea and weather conditions

sometimes occur and a trip may have to be postponed.

The extra day will help with flexibility to reschedule if needing to.

 Our property consists of a few lifestyle paddocks and we have 

some friendly farm animals that you can also come pat and feed.

Sheep, Calves, Jersey Cow, Highland Cow, Goats, Kune Pigs , Pekin Ducks, Chickens

There is also a wandering Peacock and a bird aviary.

Our resident animals are our Groodle dog, Merle & Bengal cat, Dorothy.

The Retreat house is made mainly from recycled materials and is 18 years old,

has everything you need to make sure you are comfortable

and is furnished in a vintage/recycled/bohemian style.

You won' t be disappointed with choosing to stay here!

My amateur video clip below shows from the entrance and what you can expect - haven't added the views!



You have the whole 3 bedroom 2 storey house to yourself to enjoy & relax in.

Your own private entrance with car parking just off the garden path.

The house has a casual feel so you can escape the cares of the world with enough household items to make

your stay enjoyable and scenic views to be memorable.

All of the bedrooms offer spectacular views and comfy freshly made beds.  


An open plan loft /studio style large area that consists of:

1 King bed,

Small sitting/lounge area with Queen pull out sofa bed,

Dining Table and Chairs - seats 6


Lounge room with 4 lounges, 2 lounges can easily covert to a Double and a Single sofa bed

2 bedrooms, 1 with a queen size bed and the other with two singles and a cot/crib.

Laundry area with a washing machine, laundry products,

clothes dryer, iron and ironing board.

The bathroom is a shower/small bath combination, hair dryer, towels

and toiletry items are supplied.

Lots of board games to choose from and

 a fantastic chess table. 

Fire place

Free Wi-Fi 




Alarm clocks

Bluetooth Speaker

4 burner gas barbecue

Outdoor seating/eating areas

Outdoor clothes line - indoor clothes rack

We are a strictly NON SMOKING premises (in or around the property)

Our pantry is pretty well stocked with a selection of tea/coffee and condiments. 

Self catering and there are also great Restaurants, Cafe' s and Pubs in town.

For those wanting to cook we have added some basic pantry items in case you forget something.

There is plenty of kitchen items (just like home) to help whip up your meals.

pots & pans, oven trays, dinnerware, cutlery, microwave, fridge/freezer,

rice cooker, electric fry pan, toaster, kettle, stick mixer, hand mixer and

4 burner electric oven.

Basic breakfast items are also supplied for you to cook & serve when your ready.







Sea sickness won't be a problem and you just need to decide if you want to paddle or pedal!

See Fur Seals & other Marine life in their natural habitat -  Blue Penguin, Albatross and plenty more.

What will you see?

An early morning or sunset Kayak is a must do!

Maori Tours

Why not find out all about Maori culture - go on a Tour!

Laugh, learn and storytelling delivered in a natural way and specially designed to give you deep insight into bygone days and spiritual values of Maori people.

Skiing At Mt Lyford


Mt Lyford is only a 90 minute drive away from our door to the snow field!

For all ages and abilities - less people! 

Why not also add skiing, snowboarding or tubing to your winter trip! 

Whale Watching


Kaikoura is famous for its whale watching experiences. You just need to pick if you would like to do it by boat, helicopter or plane.

 One thing is for sure, the experience will be amazing & memorable!

Swim With Dolphins Or Seals

You certainly will not forget this experience for a long time!

A truly unique and breath taking nature activity.

Could be anywhere from 100 to 800 dolphins in each pod and Autumn and Winter could even have greater numbers.

It's an absolute must do whilst here!

Coastal, Bush And Mountain Walks


Plenty of walking tracks for all ages and abilities. You can experience one of the guided or self guided, short or long magnificent walks with stunning scenery and beautiful wildlife.

Some favourites are 3 or 8 hour durations or you can choose a quick

30 or 45 minute scenic walk.

Fishing Charter/Tour


You can't come to Kaikoura without at least going fishing!

The views are breathtaking, the crews are super friendly & very informative and a bonus you can catch your lunch or dinner!

What will you catch?

Escape, Putt, Drink

The Emporium has you covered for all age groups in the same venue! 

Book in for an Escape, 2 rooms with clues and puzzles to find your way out.

 There is even an 18 hole Mini Golf course.  

Plus stop by their award winning Craft Brewery with a range of craft beers.

Still cant decide?
9 & 18 hole Golf course, Quad bike adventures, Surfing, Clarence River Rafting, Horse treks, Llama treks, Hunting, e-Bike hire,  Surf or Paddle board hire, Art, Sheep Shearing,  Fyffe House,  Lavender Farm, Cycling trails, Dive/Learn To Dive, Restaurants, Bars, Library, marathons, .
The Museum and our town i-Site centre are a definite  visit!


"The stay was lovely and the Artists retreat lived up to all I had hoped for. Great with the kids!"



To allow us to ensure that your accommodation is all ready for you the following are the check in & out times.

                 Check In:    3:00pm (any time after) 

               Check Out:   10:00am (any time before)


So, how do you get to Kaikoura?

Kaikoura is on the eastern side of the South Island between Picton and Christchurch.

You can drive, train, bus or fly to Kaikoura. 

We are located at Hapuku just an eight minute scenic drive north from Kaikoura town centre

and it’s easy to find us as you just stay on State Highway 1 to our driveway entrance. 


Driving allows you to stop along the way - there are vineyards, thermal pools & spas, walks, seals, surf beaches 

so make sure you plan out your trip to make the most of what NZ has to offer on your way

to Kaikoura and allow plenty of time as it does seem to get away on you easily! 

So you can plan your trip these road driving times are approximate:

2 hours from/to Picton

1 hours 30 minutes from/to Blenheim

2 hours 30 minutes from/to Christchurch

2 hours from/to Hanmer Springs


Kaikoura has a train station that is next to Whale Watch so the station is called the Whale Way Station.  

The Coastal Pacific train goes through Kaikoura twice a day throughout summer – morning is north from Christchurch to Picton and in the afternoon it heads back down south from Picton to Christchurch.

It is a very scenic journey and once you hit the coast you are so close to the water that the

open carriages can get to feel the sea water spray! 


The Inter City bus service operates through Kaikoura twice daily morning & afternoon and all you

need do is look out the window and be amazed with the surrounds whilst someone else drives you!

If you are travelling around the South Island via bus or train we can easily collect you from the

Whale Way Station or Bus Stop in town and bring you back to your accommodation after 3pm.

If you arrive in the morning we can organise to meet and collect your luggage so you can enjoy your

time in town without worrying about dragging or carrying it around with you.

We would then drop you back into town by 9.30 to catch the bus or train so you can continue on

your South Island journey.


The Kaikoura Airfield is a small airfield usually for scenic flights located at Peketa 10 minutes south of town . Christchurch is both Domestic and International Airport.

Picton and Marlborough Airport Blenheim provide regional scheduled chartered services. 




593 Kincaid Road, Hapuku, Kaikoura 7371

outside NZ Mobile:  64-27-627-4115

within NZ Mobile:      027-627-4115

outside NZ Phone:  64-3-319-7400

within NZ Phone:       03-319-7400

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