YHA Punakaiki for Groups


Nestled in the native West Coast bush adjoining the Paparoa National Park, YHA Punakaiki, Te Nikau Retreat truly is one of the most unique accommodation secrets you’re likely to come across.

Our character lodges and cabins have excellent facilities with all the comforts of home, plus homemade bread and chocolate brownies baked daily for sale. Our property is just a few minutes' walk through the rainforest via the Truman Track to the breathtaking coastline.


We have free unlimited WiFi in all our rooms.

Free booking service

A free booking service is provided for all land-based domestic travel and activities including:

  • Interislander and Bluebridge ferries
  • Tranzalpine, Tranzscenic and Overland trains
  • InterCity coach travel and local shuttle services
  • Local activities like Underworld cave rafting, kayaking, horseriding, and carving

Get in touch

Phone 03 731 1111 or email punakaiki@yha.co.nz.

To book group stays across multiple hostel locations please talk to our National Groups Coordinators: stay@yha.co.nz | 0800 278 299

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Hostel Details & Location

Group Coordinator: James & Jenny Cookson

Check in: 3:00 pm Check out: 10:00 am

Contact: +64 3 731 1111 Email this hostel

Reception: 9am - 8pm

Location: 19 Hartmount Place,


Surrounded by native rainforest


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How to get here

You can find us on Hartmount Pl off SH6, just north of the Truman Track. Look out for the “Motel, Homestay, Backpackers” sign when on SH6. Free on-site parking is available.


InterCity or Naked Bus passengers: book your bus to/from the Truman Track (TRT) and ask the driver to stop at Harmount Pl. Walk down Hartmount Pl to YHA Punakaiki.

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Great for groups:

  • Exclusive use options
  • Breakfast options
  • Free WiFi
  • Free booking service
  • Bed linen included
  • Towel hire

Shared facilities:

  • Free WiFi
  • Communal lounge
  • Recycling stations
  • Communal dining area
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Food storage area
  • Outdoor area
  • BBQ
  • Herb garden
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free onsite parking
  • 24 hour guest access

Entertainment and activities:

  • Games available
  • Guitar
  • Book exchange


  • After-hours check in on request
  • Luggage storage options
  • Travel & activity bookings
  • HI bookings
  • Hair dryers
  • Hot water bottles
  • Towel hire
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hostel capacity

YHA Punakaiki can cater for up to 40 people across 15 rooms. We have 13 dorm beds in 2 lodges along with various twin and double rooms, with or without en-suite bathrooms. Room configurations and numbers may be amendable if required for group gender splits. All of our rooms come fully made up with fresh linen and duvets.

Room types

  • Rata Lodge: 2 double rooms and 6 dorm beds, for up to 10 people
  • Te Nikau Lodge: 2 twin rooms and a single room, for up to 5 people
  • Weka Lodge: 7 dorm beds
  • Ruru Lodge: double and twin with shared bathroom, plus a double and a twin ensuite
  • Private cabins: Tui Cottage, Hideaway and Kowhai Cottage

Lodges may be booked for private sole use for groups. Please note that due to the layout of lodges, larger groups may be spread around a few minutes walk from each other.

Shared rooms

Shared bathroom facilities are situated in each group lodge along with full kitchens. All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows) and towels can be hired.

Private rooms

We have single, double or twin rooms with private or shared bathroom facilities, including all bed linen and towels. Please note that we have a limited number of private rooms with ensuite facilities, subject to availability.

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