Te Nikau Retreat
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Te Nikau Retreat

19 Hartmount Place, Punakaiki 7873 New Zealand
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Room & Suite (40)
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4.5
#2 of 2 hostels in Punakaiki
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.3 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.2 of 5 bubbles
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4.4 of 5 bubbles
Value
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, and kayaking close-by. Bread/brownies available for sale. FREE UNLIMITED WIFI is available in all rooms of the retreat. 3kms north of the Pancake Rocks, the sign on main road for Motel - Homestay - Backpackers indicates your turn off. Book your Intercity Bus to the Truman Track (TRT) and you'll be only meters away from Te Nikau.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Wifi
Hiking
Canoeing offsite
Shuttle bus service
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Kitchenette
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
Budget
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Portuguese

Location

19 Hartmount Place, Punakaiki 7873 New Zealand
Getting there
Car recommended
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Grade: 39 out of 100
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Westport Airport
Hokitika Airport
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JOJOWI wrote a review Feb 2020
Wisconsin207 contributions39 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We only stayed 1 night in the Tiro Moana room. Our spot was closer to the road, but didn’t notice any road noise. We had the top half of one bldg on a slope, so we walked straight into our lodging, but the unit below us had to go up & down stairs. We had a small deck w/ table & chairs, with a beautiful view looking over the bush and just faintly able see the horizon/ocean. Nice bedroom and living space, nice kitchenette and small fridge. Bathroom was a good size but very basic, shower was just a curtain w/ water running to a central drain in the room. Private trail to the Truman Track onsite or easy access to the public one. Location was good for the Pancake Rocks – about 5-10 min drive at most.

It did have some creaky floors, so we felt bad for the unit below us, no shampoo/soap for the shower, and no hair dryer. It also could have used a hook next to the sink in the bathroom so you didn’t have to walk across the room with wet hands/face. However, the benefits outweighed the small annoyances.

Check-in was easy at the office (separate bldg) and we liked the format with the small separate buildings. They were all tucked into the bush, so seemed very remote/private even though they were fairly close together. Wish we could have stayed here longer!
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Date of stay: November 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Hannah wrote a review Oct 2020
78 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in the Tiro Moana room. It was basic but had everything we needed. Nice view from the patio of the ocean, can sit out here and enjoy the views. Located in a wooded area with a path you can take to walk down to the beach. See the sunset here! Bring bug spray: there were black flies down by the water. If you don't have any they sell it too. Option for freshly baked bread, butter, eggs, coffee for a small fee down in the kitchen area. It was convenient to see the Pancake Rocks. The office staff were all welcoming and friendly.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Tami Krehan, General Manager at Te Nikau Retreat
Responded 18 Oct 2020
Thanks for this awesome review!! So glad you enjoyed your stay with us.
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DurhamEvvo wrote a review May 2020
Crook, United Kingdom450 contributions191 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We only stayed 1 night in the Tiro Moana room. We had the top half of one bldg on a slope, so we walked straight into our lodging and were able to park our car for easy unloading. We had a small balcony with a beautiful view looking over the bush and on to the sea.Quite spacious accommodation with all basic essentials covered.
Close to beautiful forest walks and track to the beach.
Woke up during the night to the most amazing star show literally thousands twinkling away.
Would go back.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Tami Krehan, General Manager at Te Nikau Retreat
Responded 10 Oct 2020
Thank you for this great review - so pleased you had a good time here! Hopefully see you again next time :)
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golfnutYorkshire wrote a review Jan 2020
yorkshire46 contributions51 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Not easy to find as right in the middle of a rain forest, on saying that,it was quite an experience.You need to bring basic luggage as everything has to be carried up narrow, sometimes steep tracks to the various lodges. Not really suitable for anyone with walking issues. The lodge we stayed in had 2 bedrooms on the upper floor with 2 showers downstairs, one with a toilet and another toilet outside. The lodge was well equipped and you were able to buy basic food items near reception. Great for youngsters trekking around but a bit too basic for us. However, don't be put off, for a 1 night stay it was something different and very good value
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from JuliaJ2913, Manager at Te Nikau Retreat
Responded 31 Jan 2020
Thank you for the review. We are quite a unique accommodation place tucked into the beautiful West Coast rain forest.
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AmberFS wrote a review Jul 2021
Dunedin, New Zealand6 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place was absolutely fantastic - a gorgeous place in a dream location. It had so many wonderful touches like hot water bottles for the colder night and really beautifully set up rooms. Such a reasonable price for such a stunning place. Thank you so much!
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Date of stay: July 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Mark A wrote a review Feb 2023
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
When we arrived on the first day the cabin was an absolute oven as it was a sunny day and all the windows and doors were shut apart from the one small window that did not shut at all as it needed repairs. When darkness fell we discovered that 3 light bulbs were blown including the two over the kitchen bench but we were too tired to request repair that night. During the night we were disturbed by mice in the kitchen and we found mouse pooh all over the kitchen including on the cutlery the next morning. We politely requested light bulbs and mouse traps and we were advised by the staff in a defensive fashion that these matters would be attended to while we were out that day. They were not attended to.

The cabin had beds for 7 but living room seating for 6, one of which was backless and one sofa was the most uncomfortable sofa I have ever sat on. There were many other bad details such as only 4 dessert spoons, taps that were hard to turn off, one tap the handle fell off, three beds were attached together so if one person moved all 3 beds moved.

All together this was a really bad experience and it was very embarrassing for me as the local lad hosting family members from the UK.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Amanda S wrote a review May 2022
Dunedin, New Zealand23 contributions5 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Tui room was a chalet in beautiful rain forest.
However we should have guessed when all windows were open on a cold autumn day it was due to a damp issue. Well worse than that - the bed was so damp it couldn"t be slept in.

Bathroom had condensation running down walls with toilet paper too damp to use.

This accommodation was not fit for guests. Let alone the charge of $150!!

When we complained - it took 2 emails, 4 phone calls and too many excuses to get a $70 refund.

The lack of sleep was not worth the $80 cost, aggravation and frustration.

Having had a wonderful South Island trip - Te Nikau Retreat was memorable for exceptionally poor accommodation.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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maraea wrote a review Jan 2020
CHCH33 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Magical place, stones throw away from the truman track. Nice and clean tidy, friendly staff. Bedroom walls a bit on the thin side, can hear my neighbors talking. Loved the owl themed throughout the place.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from TeNikauRetreat, Manager at Te Nikau Retreat
Responded 3 Jan 2020
Thank you for this beautiful review and we are pleased you enjoyed your stay!
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Rosemary F wrote a review Feb 2020
Geelong, Australia1,217 contribution319 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Truly a retreat! All accomodation is nestled amongst beautiful rainforest. There’s a variety of accommodation styles. A lovely walk on a track in paradise takes you to a scenic beach and joins the Truman track.
The homemade brownies in the main cabin were divine.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Cai P wrote a review Sept 2022
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Upon arrival, I was upgraded to a single room even though I had booked a 6-bed dorm. The place was fantastic - warm, comfortable, homey. The kitchen and bathroom were clean and tidy, and there was a nice communal area with books, guitar, fireplace, etc. The retreat is in a beautiful location, only a few minutes walk from the beach and right next to the Truman Track.

Massive thank you to Chris for going above and beyond to make my stay extra special. He offered me a bike to get places when I told him that I didn’t have a car, took us to see some glow worms, penguins and some wonderful hidden beach spots. Thanks also to Marley for the doggy cuddles and licks!

Overall a wonderful experience - I’ll be 100% staying again whenever I’m in Punakaiki next!
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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BrussoDallas asked a question Mar 2020
Dallas, Texas2,111 contributions532 helpful votes
Does the room include a hair dryer?
Answer from Ginges_revenge
Brisbane, Australia5,347 contributions747 helpful votes
Not that I recall. Best check with the people there.
gengens asked a question Nov 2016
St. Albans, United Kingdom89 contributions32 helpful votes
Hi, are there any rooms available with private bathroom/ ensuite or are they all shared?
Answer from YHANewZealand
34 contributions
Hi there! If you book through the YHA website you can search availability for the property you're looking at, and a list of all available room types will appear. From there you can hover over the room types to see a description, and/or some of them will be called a Private Ensuite Room :)
Answer from elliotF
Leicester, United Kingdom51 contributions30 helpful votes
Hi, it's about 3km from the Visitor Centre, 30-40 mins walking. However, if you phone them they might pick you up or you could hitch a lift. If you are nearby then it really is worthwhile staying at the retreat, and you can walk through the forest to the beach (pebbles but really interesting). And they make free bread every morning!
Christinus asked a question Feb 2018
Arnhem, The Netherlands1,352 contribution356 helpful votes
Do you have boxspring matrasses?
kirkwood99 wrote a tip Aug 2023
Lochgilphead23 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The nearest grocery shopping is Greymouth so stock up before arrival."
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Ashley L wrote a tip Jun 2023
Little Mountain, Australia32 contributions8 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Must check out the beach walk!"
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ER B wrote a tip Mar 2023
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do not stay there for 1 night"
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cloud95 wrote a tip Dec 2022
Nelson, New Zealand2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Dont stay in the Tui Chalet."
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karenandtim wrote a tip Nov 2020
Ealing74 contributions30 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take the walk to Truman beach after a sunny wakeup in the rooms on the top floor of TeNikau."
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PRICE RANGE
$81 - $93 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandWest Coast RegionPunakaiki
NUMBER OF ROOMS
9
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Frequently Asked Questions about Te Nikau Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Te Nikau Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk (2.8 km), Truman Track (0.3 km), and Pororari River Track (1.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Te Nikau Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, shuttle bus service, and internet access.
Is parking available at Te Nikau Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Te Nikau Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Punakaiki Tavern, Rusty Cup Cafe, and Pancake Rocks Cafe.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Te Nikau Retreat?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
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