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.

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"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

  • Hits of the 50s & 60s (Sep 23rd - Sep 23rd) We bring you Hits of the 50s and 60s, a time when songs had real melodies, when romance meant romance with real lyrics, and when composers knew something about rhythm. Re-live those hits with our full band of sax, piano ...
  • Erin - Spring Tour 2014 (Sep 25th - Sep 25th) Born and raised in the South Island of New Zealand, Erin is a full-time touring musician working tirelessly to bring fresh original material to you. With seven years of songwriting, two years of living off live gigs, an ...
  • Spring Challenge (Sep 26th - Sep 28th) What is the Spring Challenge? It's an Adventure Race. What is an Adventure Race? An Adventure Race is an event that combines a number of adventure sports. In most cases these are hiking, kayaking and mountain ...
  • Erin - Spring Tour (Sep 26th - Sep 26th) Born and raised in the South Island of New Zealand, Erin is a full-time touring musician working tirelessly to bring fresh original material to you. With seven years of songwriting, two years of living off live gigs, an ...
  • Printmaking Workshop (Sep 27th - Sep 28th) xplore the potential of Printing using Stencils and collagraph plates. Multiple Layers of coloured inks give subtle, surprising results. These are 'one - off' prints with the locus on enjoying the experimental nature ...
  • Upholstery Course (Sep 27th - Sep 28th) Bring life back to your old furniture. You will have the opportunity to cover or repair your favourite piece of furniture. Learn how to strip, make patterns, cut, sew and upholster fabric to frame. You will need to bring ...

YHA offers a range of accommodation to suit groups of all types. Find out how YHA can help your group with their accommodation, transport and activity needs.

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