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Thornhill, Canada
Reviewed yesterday NEW

The place is easy to find with GPS, close to Truman Track and Punakaiki; a stay that was one of the highlights of our New Zealand holiday. There's quite a lot to do in the surrounding area, something for everyone. Casey our intrepid host upgraded us to a chalet from the Stargazer – a basic hut with a window in...

Thank AMsays
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Such an unusual place! Get the coach to drop you off at Truman track, and then it's a 5 minute walk to reception. The accommodation is made up of several self- contained huts. The backpackers accommodation is shared with two other double rooms (which were empty when I stayed), with a kitchen, huge living area and record player, so fantastic...

Thank Rosie R
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I loved this place! Even though it is next to the motorway, it really does feel you are isolated from the world, in a rainforest next to the beach. The hotel is basically 10 cottages (some bigger than others) distributed around a track with beautiful trees, lamps and a pond. I stayed in the Hideout cottage which had a veranda...

Thank kitsune87
New Zealand
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i love this place, I always stay here when I go down the west coast. Heaps of character, the dorm rooms are amazing its really magical staying in amongst the rainforest. they also bake bread muffins in the morning and you can buy some basic supplies form the honesty shop in the kitchen, this is great as you can get...

Thank Victoria G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here for two nights in the quirky 'star gazer' accommodation. We have found this difficult to review, so have opted for pros and cons: Pros A range of unique accommodation in native forest The star gazer room is set away from other accommodation so is truly peaceful The room has a double bed, bedding and a hot water...

Thank mikeedeedee
Halifax, Canada
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our cottage, Hideaway, was in a lovely secluded spot with lots of quiet and privacy. But the cottage is in serious need of updates - quite run down and dilapidated. It just didn't feel clean. The bathroom sink had annoying separate hot and cold water taps very wide apart and poorly placed. And the toilet, sink and shower were all...

Thank wandernotlost1
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Te Nikau is a glorious private hideaway in Native bush. The setting really is magical. House and facilities beautiful. Loved the way the large wooden barn doors opened up the living space to the outdoors. Deck stretches out into trees and put to lovely outdoor spa. Very romantic setting. Awesome facilities The only negative is bed was very hard -...

Thank Renee T
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 3 September 2016

We were on a three week holiday, with twelve days devoted to the top of the South Island: TranzAlpine from Christchurch to Greymouth then up to Motueka, Nelson, Picton and back via Kaikoura to Akaroa. I booked in at Te Nikau for one night, thinking that would be plenty. I wish I had planned for two nights maybe three. There...

Thank Sue_Drain
Darlington, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 September 2016

A beautiful location in the forest with access to the sea a couple of kilometres north of Punakaiki. You may wonder w here you are going as you drive them narrow track to reception but once you arrive you will be greeted warmly, possibly by two large cats. The rooms are clean and beautifully kept spread at random around reception...

Thank Andrew B
Pukerau, Southland
Reviewed 21 July 2016

We stayed here with our grandson for a night while doing a roadie around the South Island. We wished we had more than one night as it was an ideal location to do lots of walks and see local attractions without having to drive too far. We will be back and hopefully within six months. Our accommodation was Tui House,...

Thank PukHawk

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Unique hostel with all home comforts, lodges and cottages nestled in the native rainforest. Excellent place to relax ~ restore ~ explore. Beautiful beaches,river walks, horse trekking, kayaking close-by. Bread/muffins baked daily for sale. Wifi available at an extra cost ($5 for 24hs Unlimited). 3kms north of the Pancake Rocks, sign on main road Motel - Homestay - Backpackers indicates turn off. Book free pick up in advance only off Intercity coaches for 12.30pm or 3pm please be waiting outside the visitor information centre. ... more   less 

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Address: 19 Hartmount Place, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Punakaiki
Price Range: $46 - $89 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Te Nikau Retreat 2*
Number of rooms: 9
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