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Independently owned and operated YHA Punakaiki, Te Nikau Retreat


Hostel Details & Location

Host: 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.

Bus: 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. Hostel staff can also pick up from the DOC Info Centre between 12:30pm – 3:00pm.

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Perfect for schools and large groups! Find out more

YHA Punakaiki Te Nikau Retreat offers a series of unique cabins scattered throughout native forest for a sense of privacy, tranquility and escapism. These character lodges include comforts like WiFi, fully-equipped kitchens, homemade bread and chocolate brownies for sale, and of course, a chorus of native birds from the surrounding bush.

We're located 3kms north of the Pancake Rocks and on the edge of Paparoa National Park. 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.

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Guests love:

  • Communal lounge
  • Outdoor area
  • Free WiFi

Shared facilities:

  • Free WiFi
  • Communal lounge
  • Communal dining area
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Food storage area
  • Recycling stations
  • 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

In-hostel payment options:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • New Zealand Dollars
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Some of our West Coast highlights:

  • Dodge the massive sea water geysers at the famous Pancake Rock blowholes
  • Horse Trekking around the West Coast native bush, ending on the beach with amazing views of the Pancake Rocks
  • Carve your own piece of Jade or Bone in a half day workshop at Barrytown - transport available

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