YHA Punakaiki

Description

YHA Punakaiki Te Nikau Retreat nestles in the native rainforest adjoining the Paparoa National Park. A unique accommodation with all home comforts (including fresh bread and muffins baked daily for sale) while in the native West Coast bush. 

YHA Punakaiki’s character lodges and units have good facilities with all the comforts of home - fully equipped kitchens, separate showers and toilets. Each unit enjoys its own privacy surrounded by the native bush. Wake to the dawn chorus of harmonious bellbirds and other native birds. And at night drift off to the relaxing sound of the New Zealand bush. This hostel has well equipped kitchens, dining areas and comfortable lounges ideal for small groups, families and independent travellers looking for affordable accommodation.

YHA Punakaiki Te Nikau Retreat is located 3kms north of the Pancake Rocks. Beautiful West Coast beaches, river walks, horse trekking and river kayaking are all close-by. An excellent hostel to relax, rejuvenate and explore the wild and wonderful West Coast.

Important Information

  • YHA Punakaiki Te Nikau Retreat is located in Hartmount Place, 3km north of the Pancake Rocks. The sign Main Road sign for Motel Homestay Backpackers indicates the turn-off. We are 200m down the road on the left. Look for the Te Nikau Retreat sign.
  • There are no supermarkets, gas stations or banks in Punakaiki. The nearest towns for these services are Greymouth, a 40 minute drive from Punakaiki, or Westport, 50 minutes.
  • Fresh bread and muffins are baked daily for sale.
  • Cafes, craft shop, local tavern, information centre, Pancake Rocks are a 5 minute drive or 40 minunte walk from the hostel.
  • Intercity Bus passengers: hostel staff can pick you up from outside the DOC information centre in Punakaiki at 12.30pm or 3pm. Please let the hostel know in advance.
  • There is a 2 night minimum stay over the Christmas period. Please contact the hostel direct for booking 24, 25, 31 December and 01 January 2014.

Quote

"YHA Punakaiki Te Nikau Retreat hostel must rank as one of the most relaxing backpackers in the country, carved out of bush that's peppered with nikau palms and occasionally reveals a building with small dorms, rooms and rustic en-suite cabins for couples." – The Rough Guide to New Zealand

By Car

Follow SH6, 3km north of Punakaiki, turn left at sign saying “Motel, Homestay, Backpackers”. We are 200m down Hartmount Place on the left.

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  • Disabled Facilities
  • EFTPOS
  • Internet Access
  • Luggage Storage
  • Mastercard
  • Parking
  • VISA
  • Dodge the massive sea water geysers at the famous Pancake Rock blowholes.
  • Go tramping in Paparoa National Park, the Inland Pack track is most popular.
  • Kayak up the Pororari River until you reach the deep swimming holes in the heart of the West Coast bush.
  • Go on one of the West Coast’s famous caving tours in the rainforest.

Events

  • Kelvin Cruickshank presents Soul Food (Nov 1st - Nov 1st) An evening with Kelvin Cruickshank. With the outstanding success and popularity of TV2's award winning series 'Sensing Murder', Kelvin has been literally swamped with people wanting to see him. For this reason, he ...
  • Kelvin Cruickshank presents Soul Food (Nov 2nd - Nov 2nd) He astounded people with his incredible ability to communicate with spirit in the hit TV series Sensing Murder. Acclaimed medium Kelvin Cruickshank passes on messages to as many people as possible from their loved ...
  • Live Like Lions: NZ Spring Tour (Nov 2nd - Nov 2nd) Blend funk drums, jazz bass and blues guitar with soul harmony singing. Infectious songs, a timeless and warming sound. Live Like Lions have spent the last year touring extensively through the landscape of their ...
  • Nigel Latta - The Politically Incorrect Guide to Teenagers (Nov 3rd - Nov 3rd) Following on from the hugely entertaining "Politically Incorrect Parenting Show" comes "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Teenagers". Nigel Latta takes the audience on a twisty turny ride through the twisty turny ...
  • YWCA Encore (Oct 14th - Dec 2nd) Holding up those who are healing – helping breast cancer survivors through support and exercise. For women who have experienced breast cancer, the associated physical effects can be extremely challenging. Side ...
  • The Original Elvis TCB Band in Concert with John Rowles: CANCELLED (Nov 4th - Nov 4th) For the first time ever, The Original Elvis TCB Band joins New Zealand music icon John Rowles for an historic nine-centre New Zealand tour celebrating their greatest songs and more. Featuring some of the most famous ...

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