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 2013 period. Please contact the hostel direct for booking 24, 25, 31 December 2013 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

  • Fiona Pears with La Petite Manouche and Ian Tilley (Apr 19th - Apr 19th) Swing Driven Thing – Fiona Pears with La Petite Manouche and Ian Tilley AOTNZ Tour 4 – 30 April 2014 Fiona Pears continues to electrify audiences with her virtuosity on the violin. Now she intrigues with a ...
  • Fiona Pears with La Petite Manouche and Ian Tilley (Apr 20th - Apr 20th) Swing Driven Thing – Fiona Pears with La Petite Manouche and Ian Tilley AOTNZ Tour 4 – 30 April 2014 Fiona Pears continues to electrify audiences with her virtuosity on the violin. Now she intrigues with a ...
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  • 100 Glorious Years of Song (May 1st - May 1st) Edwardian Music Hall, Art Deco 20s and 30s songs, wartime favourites, featured composers like Kern, Gershwin, Irving Berlin and songs made famous by the likes of Rosemary Clooney, Mario Lanza, Deanna Durbin, Nat King ...
  • Glaucoma New Zealand Free Public Meeting (May 5th - May 5th) Invitation to a free seminar. Glaucoma New Zealand invites you to attend a free presentation to learn about the most common cause of preventable blindness in New Zealand. Eye specialist, Dr Allan Simpson will be ...

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