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Reviewed 23 August 2015 via mobile

A beautiful little place to stay in the middle of rain forest. A short walk to the beach....fantastic for night photography. Lovely people and yummy homemade baking that can be purchased at very reasonable prices. Accommodation very well priced!!! Loved it.

Thank beckyl558
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 11 August 2015

We got a private room which was very warm and cosy and had everything we needed. The staff and woofers are awesome, helping with advice and stoking the fires. There were two smoochy cats who we hung out with. I would recommend this accommodation, and I would definitely stay there again.

Thank MaramaHannah
Newport, Kentucky
Reviewed 24 June 2015

Fabulous location, fabulous staff, fabulous accommodation, all surrounded by this sublime and peaceful forest - the kind that your whole soul is renewed with one deep breath! And then the secluded beach with the BEST sunset in all of NZ! I...WANT...TO...GO...BACK...NOW!!!!!!!!! :)

Thank WWanderGirl
Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 10 June 2015

There is something that truly makes this hostel so perfect. My boyfriend and I were quite unorganised and calling hostels very last minute late at night. We were not going to reach our intended destination but aimed for a hostel around Punakaiki. The man on reception (I'm sorry, I can't remember his name .. I THINK he may have been...

Thank Alongchopstick
Warsaw, Poland
Reviewed 8 May 2015

We stayed there in February 2014.We choose - Hideway Cottage and can highly recomend it. Located in the middle of the forest, very private and quiet. Private bathroom, heater, toster and fridge. Friendly Staff and nice walk trough the forest to the beach. Great value.

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Reviewed 2 May 2015 via mobile

I got terribly sick when I was here but I never felt in better hands before! Everyone in this beautiful hostel was looking after me so lovely. They lit a fire for me and put me in a warmer room with a heater cause I was so cold. They cooked tea and dinner for me and gave me heaps of...

Thank Caty95
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 May 2015

We really enjoyed our stay here - it was the first place we stayed in during our trip that felt like a home. The lodge was kitted out like a ski chalet (and even had a log burner). As mentioned elsewhere the rooms didn't have keys, but there was a lock on the inside of the door, so this didn't...

Thank 2014_H_J
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 April 2015

Incredible! Don't overlook it. The hostel is truly unique . Kate (the manager) was equally superb. Super homely feel, Te nikau lodge is outstanding! Nestled in the middle of the rainforest, it rivals the best hostels on the whole of the west coast. The atmosphere of the place, amplifies your adventure. The facilities are great! Especially after a few weeks...

Thank Josh1990
Cambridge, New Zealand
Reviewed 7 April 2015 via mobile

We stayed in the Te Nui bungalow for one night and wished we could stay for ever. Here we rediscovered ourselves and had an absolute fantastic time. 3km from Pancake rocks and walking distance from the beach this little hide away in the forest is an absolute must

Thank HenkvanZyl
Reviewed 20 March 2015

We stayed here overnight and liked it. The hostel is actually a collection of buildings on a quiet lane a 3km out of town. We stayed in Rata lodge, which is a quirky octagonal building, with dorms and a couple of rooms. The kitchen is ok, but small, and badly laid out - everything useful (fridge door, the only sink,...

Thank lukehodson123

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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 

Additional Information about Te Nikau Retreat

Address: 19 Hartmount Place, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Punakaiki
Price Range: $51 - $163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Te Nikau Retreat 2*
Number of rooms: 9
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