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!
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.
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.
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.
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.