Welcome to Hukawai Lodge, located 5 minutes north of Franz Josef Glacier village, where you can expect a warm West Coast welcome, famed South Westland generosity and a special New Zealand experience.
Opened December 2016.

Situated on +-500ha (1250 acres) of farm land, framed by the Southern Alps to the east and Lake Mapourika to the West. Lake Mapourika is the West Coast’s largest lake, formed in the last ice age, filled with fresh rain water and coloured by the tannins of the surrounding forest floor. South Westland contains original flora and fauna dating back to Gondwanaland, including the Rowi, classified endangered (ICUN).

Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere tells the Maori legend of the formation of Franz Josef Glacier from the tears (roimata) of a woman (Hine Hukatere) for a man dating back to before all other similarly fabled legends and a visual reminder for all those who visit the area. Much later the glacier was named for Emperor Franz Joseph 1 of Austria by Julius von Haast, for whom the settlement Haast is named.

Recent News


This is a small accommodation business and is not open every year. Curently Hukawai Lodge is not open before November 2019. Calendars at booking.com, airbnb and glampinghub.com are updated but sometimes calendars can for inexplicable reasons [...] Continue reading


Faultline Cafe Bar we will be back to you all on this. Currently it is not open. Continue reading

Birman Weekly Update – Sept #3

The kittens have grown as they should.  In a couple of weeks they will celebrate their first birthday.  They haven’t been entirely happy with their sleeping arrangements and yesterday their new bed arrived.  The result of which is very [...] Continue reading

Birman Weekly Update – Sept #2

This week we’re still catching possums and other wildlife who view the kittens with suspicion and are willing to fight them over their food.  Trumpet and Cookie Monster are coming out on top.  This week there have been complaints from both [...] Continue reading

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