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19 Hartmount Place, Punakaiki 7873 New Zealand
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#2 of 9 Speciality lodging in Punakaiki
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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Free parking
Canoeing offsite
Shuttle bus service
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Portuguese
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AmberFS wrote a review Jul 2021
Dunedin, New Zealand5 contributions7 helpful votes
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
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karenandtim wrote a review Nov 2020
Ealing71 contributions30 helpful votes
Took over the TeNikau lodge - aka converted bach, on the Friday. Checkin was easy, friendly and efficient, and the lodge itself was private with great showers. Both large bedrooms upstairs were great & it was quiet and secluded.
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Date of stay: October 2020
Room Tip: Take the walk to Truman beach after a sunny wakeup in the rooms on the top floor of TeNikau.
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Response from Tami Krehan, General Manager at Te Nikau Retreat
Responded 24 Nov 2020
Thank you very much for sharing your experience you had in Te Nikau Retreat. We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay.
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Hannah wrote a review Oct 2020
74 contributions5 helpful votes
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
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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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Vicki K wrote a review Oct 2020
Hokitika, New Zealand46 contributions9 helpful votes
I attended a wellness retreat over the weekend. My room was private with a shared bathroom. There was plenty of room in the kitchen and lounge for 8 people to be comfortable. The bird life was amazing and the walk to the sea cliffs is not long.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Room Tip: I went as a retreat participant, so don’t know the cost of the room exactly
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Response from Tami Krehan, General Manager at Te Nikau Retreat
Responded 18 Oct 2020
Thanks for your great review, Vicki.
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Helena T wrote a review Aug 2020
Tauranga, New Zealand122 contributions34 helpful votes
Accommodation options are relatively limited in Punakaiki. Chose this place based on the location and the price. I booked for a single private room. Was upgraded to a double private room (Lavender room in Rata Lodge) as the single private room building was closed. Pros: beautiful rainforest setting and only a short walk to a stunning beach. Cons: The room smelled damp. The house was also a bit dated and sound traveled well throughout the house. In short, will probably stay here again however would probably opt for one of the private cabins.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
Response from Tami Krehan, General Manager at Te Nikau Retreat
Responded 10 Oct 2020
Hi Helena, Thanks for this great review. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and the surrounding nature. You'll be happy to hear that we, the new owners since April 2020, are working on upgrading and maintaining all buildings in the Retreat. It's a slow process given the circumstances - but we're getting there :) Hope to welcome you here some time again in the future.
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US$48 - US$57 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandWest Coast RegionPunakaiki
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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, laundry service, and shuttle bus service.
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 Pancake Rocks Cafe, Punakaiki Tavern, and Rusty Cup Cafe.
Are any cleaning services offered at Te Nikau Retreat?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Te Nikau Retreat?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Portuguese.