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Pillow top beds, desk, iron/ironing board, free WiFi
Pillow top beds, desk, iron/ironing board, free WiFi

Guest reviews

4.7/5 Exceptional
29 reviews
Guests rated this property 5.0/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Parking included
  • Air conditioning
  • Restaurant
  • Housekeeping


Explore the area

Popular LocationOhau Waterfall Walk and Seal Pups9 min drive
Popular LocationKaikoura Beach12 min drive
Popular LocationMount Fyffe15 min drive
AirportKaikoura (KBZ)15 min drive

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  • Lodge Room Ocean View

    Room amenities

    • 30 sq m
    • Ocean view
    • Sleeps 2
    More detailsLodge Room Ocean View
  • Lodge Room Mountain View

    Room amenities

    • 30 sq m
    • Mountain view
    • Sleeps 2
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  • Deluxe Room, Ocean View

    Room amenities

    • 32 sq m
    • Ocean view
    • Sleeps 2
    More detailsDeluxe Room, Ocean View
  • Deluxe Room, Mountain View

    Room amenities

    • 32 sq m
    • Mountain view
    • Sleeps 2
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About this area


Located in Hapuku, Manakau Lodge is in a rural location. Fyffe House and Ohau Point Lookout are local landmarks, and some of the area's activities can be experienced at Ohau Waterfall Walk and Seal Pups and Peninsula Walkway. Looking to get your feet wet? Kayaking and surfing/boogie boarding adventures can be found near the property.

Visit our Hapuku travel guide
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Ohau Waterfall Walk and Seal Pups - 9 min drive
  • Kaikoura Museum - 9 min drive
  • Kaikoura Beach - 12 min drive
  • Mount Fyffe - 15 min drive
  • Fyffe House - 22 min drive

Getting around

  • Christchurch (CHC-Christchurch Intl.) - 144 min drive

About this property

Manakau Lodge

4-star guestrooms with patios and pillowtop beds
Along with a restaurant, this smoke-free lodge has coffee/tea in a common area and tour/ticket assistance. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a garden and a fireplace at reception. All 4 rooms offer free WiFi, patios and Smart TVs with digital channels. Guests will also find pillowtop, separate sitting areas and Netflix.
Manakau Lodge offers 4 forms of air-conditioned accommodation with complimentary bathrobes and a hairdryer. Rooms open to patios. This accommodation offers separate sitting areas and includes desks. Beds feature pillowtop mattresses. 43-inch Smart televisions come with digital channels and Netflix.

Bathrooms include a rainfall showerhead and complimentary toiletries. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Housekeeping is offered on a daily basis and an iron/ironing board can be requested.

Property amenities


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

Free self parking

Food and drink

1 restaurant
Coffee/tea in a common area


No lifts

Guest services

Daily housekeeping
Front desk (limited hours)
Luggage storage
Tour/ticket assistance

Languages spoken





If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.
Accessible bathroom
In-room accessibility
Roll-in shower
Wheelchair-accessible parking
Wheelchair-accessible path of travel


Fireplace in reception
Smoke-free property

Room amenities


Air conditioning
Pillow-top mattress


Free toiletries
Rainfall showerhead


43-inch smart TV
Digital channels
Streaming services

Outdoor space



Iron/ironing board (on request)
Separate sitting area



Check-in between 3 PM and 9 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10:30 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 7:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children younger than 12 are not allowed at this adults-only property; all guests 12 and older are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Payment types


Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
  • The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guest room reservation.
  • Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
This property does not permit food in guestrooms.

We should mention

This property's policy is to refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, including stag and hen parties
Guests under 12 years old are not permitted at this adults-only property

National rating

This property does not have a Qualmark® rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our ratings system.

Property is also known as

Manakau Lodge Hapuku
Manakau Hapuku

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Manakau Lodge and receive a full refund?
Yes, Manakau Lodge offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Manakau Lodge cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
Is Manakau Lodge pet-friendly?
No, pets are not allowed at this property.
How much is parking at this property?
Self-parking is free at this property.
What time is check-in at this property?
Check-in is from 3 PM to 9 PM.
What time is check-out at this lodge?
Checkout is at 10:30 AM.
Where is this lodge located?
Situated in the mountains, this lodge is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Mount Cookson and within 6 miles (10 km) of Seaward Kaikoura Range and Kaikoura Beach. Mount Fyffe and Kaikoura Museum are also within 9 miles (15 km).

Guest reviews

Overall score and ratings for Manakau Lodge

5 - Excellent
4 - Good
3 - Okay
2 - Mediocre
1 - Poor
Service and Staff
Property condition

5/5 Excellent

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Impeccable service and cleanliness

We had an excellent experience staying at Manakau Lodge. It is only a 15 min drive from Kaikoura. This is a very modern B&B and you can tell that the owner Neil has put a lot of thought and attention to every detail. Breakfast was delicious and worth the additional charge.

Stayed 1 night in Jan 2020

4/5 Good

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities

Great location near Kaikoura and a very well appointed property. The owner Neil is very helpful in organizing a picnic breakfast for early excursions. The bedroom and bathroom are high-end with very nice views of the sea. The mattress is extremely comfortable. If you plan to eat in, note there is no set up in the room. The community dining room seems off limits, however if you ask nicely you might be able to use it. Plates and silverware are on your own. Overall, it is a nice place to stay.

Stayed 1 night in Jan 2020


  • Liked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
  • Disliked: Staff & service
Disappointing - stay away from this place

Only thing good about this lodge is the mountain view from the rooms. The host was not at all welcoming right from the moment we walked in. He was definitely not happy when he saw we didn't book breakfast at this place. He asked us if we still want to book it, but I told him we are vegetarians and not sure if there would be any veg options in breakfast. He didn't like it and said oh you should go to town, you can find YOUR kind of food there. As this lodge is away from town centre you have to drive 15 mins if you need anything,Later he asked us where we are from, my wife asked if the hotel has a microwave where we can heat food if we like to, the guy said no we don't allow heating curries here as they are heavily scented. I was amazed with this response. Anyway, there are many other better options in the town centre you should go to rather than paying huge price here and not even being able to eat freely. Also, the milk in the fridge was expired. It's a shame for a 4-5 star hotel to not even have fresh milk for coffee

Stayed 1 night in Dec 2019

5/5 Excellent

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Happy to recommend

We were impressed by the quality of the lodge, beautiful and high quality design, dedicated management und friendly service. Very happy to recommend to other people!

Stayed 1 night in Nov 2019

5/5 Excellent

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Perfect stay in Kaikoura

My husband and I spent two nights here and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Neal is an excellent host. The property is beautiful with gorgeous views on all sides. Our room was very comfortable. Neal prepared a delicious breakfast for us. One morning we were up very early for whale watching and he prepared a breakfast for us to take along. We really appreciated that. The lodge is adorned with spectacular photos of New Zealand, taken by a very talented photographer (Neal).

Stayed 2 nights in Oct 2019