Okarito Beach House
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Okarito Beach House

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4.5
#1 of 1 guest house in Okarito
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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The Okarito Beach House is a real haven, away from the main tourist trail. It is situated within a stone's throw of dramatic West Coast beaches, close to the glacier township of Franz Josef.We have two lodges available, each with three en suite double or twin rooms and one private self contained chalet. Linen and bathroom amenities are included and WIFI internet and laundry is available to all guests for free. There is no shop in the village so be sure to bring food so you can make use of our fully equipped kitchens.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Beach
Non-smoking hotel
Self-serve laundry
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Non-smoking rooms
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29 The Strand, Okarito New Zealand
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CourtneyMD wrote a review Dec 2007
Auburn, Maine475 contributions302 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in "The Hutel", a self-contained unit set off from the other units. The room had a couch, bed, kitchenette, table, small bathroom, and its own attached deck. The room itself was clean and comfortable, although there could have been more shelf space in the bathroom. Also, there were lots of windows to open for fresh breeze, although none of them had screens to keep the bugs out. There was a nice efficient space heater in case the room got cold. The common areas in the main lodge were nice--several couches around a fire place and a large restored Rimu table. The grounds of the property (and the town of Okarito itself with just 30+ people) were a bit ramshackle, but quite atmospheric. The Beach House is located within a few minutes walk of the local kayak place to go kayaking in the Okarito Lagoon as well as by the beach and turn-off for the Okarito Trig hike.
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Date of stay: December 2007
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Brenda1905 wrote a review Mar 2015
Cam, United Kingdom42 contributions19 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Could not fault the other reviews. Stayed in Rimu an ensuite room with table and chairs on deck accessed from our room. Watched life just pass by to the sound of the sea and saw some great Sun sets. Gentle walk to the beach lots of logs to choose as a seat to watch the rollers come in. Bush walks walk to the lagoon have a coffee at the Wild life centre go on a kayak trip go on a trip to see wild kiwis. Then home to have a great nights sleep in a comfortable bed.
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Date of stay: March 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from OkaritoRoyal, Manager at Okarito Beach House
Responded 19 Mar 2015
Thank you both so much for taking the time to write a review. I'm so glad you enjoyed Okarito, the pair of you looked right at home. I look forward to welcoming you back again someday in the future. Laura :)
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deborahadams24 wrote a review Feb 2015
London, United Kingdom53 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is such a find, such a treasure that I'm really loathe to say in case it gets spoiled by tourists but if you can get here it is such a wonderful place even if the wifi drops out now and again. Laura is such a lovely helpful person you feel like you've known her forever. The shared apartment we have is just right. 3 bedrooms, with en suite, a bathroom and large kitchen diner. Listening to the sounds of the waves crashing only 50 metres away, through our bedroom window is the most wonderful sound. This place gives you the feeling that you're the only people on the planet. Please visit. .. but not all at once. .. :)
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Date of stay: February 2015Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from OkaritoRoyal, Manager at Okarito Beach House
Responded 3 Mar 2015
Thank you so much for your feedback it means a lot to me. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you enjoy the rest of your trip :) Laura
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alan p wrote a review Nov 2013
Queenstown, New Zealand68 contributions36 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in the Rimu On the positive side the unit was clean and Laura running the place is very helpful and friendly BUT;
The unit is in dire need to be upgraded The kitchen in very tired, old appliances and a hole in the ceiling with evidence of damp.There is one small saggy sofa to sit on in the kitchen. The beds are just average.
There is no included internet and 8 dollars worth is just enough to get your emails and basic data.
As there is no TV or mobile phone signal free internet is IMHO a must.
WIth a little money spent on this place it could get 4 stars but not as is
Add small touches ..milk tea etc woudl also be nice
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Date of stay: November 2013
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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LLJHa wrote a review Feb 2015
London, United Kingdom17 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We enjoyed our 2 night stay at the Summit Lodge very very much. It was the most comfortable bed on our trip in NZ yet. Three different sizes of pillows, well you should be fine with this selection ;-) We had the lodge all to ourselves but the kitchen and dining area seemed large enough for a full house. Be prepared that Okarito is kind of remote, no cell reception but don't panic, there is WiFi. Otherwise, enjoy the quiet and nature surrounding you. Laura was so nice and helpful in planning out our trip to the glaciers and then further north. She recommended a really great lodge near Westport on the west coast to us, which we loved. The greens from her little garden were much appreciated as well. I felt most comfortable here.
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Date of stay: January 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from OkaritoRoyal, Manager at Okarito Beach House
Responded 3 Mar 2015
I'm so glad you had such a comfortable and enjoyable stay here in Okarito and hope that the rest of your trip was fantastic. Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience I really appreciate it :) Laura
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Travel Grids wrote a review Mar 2014
Seoul, South Korea172 contributions131 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We fell in love with this little town (population 32). Actually, I'd like it to stay a well-kept secret, and I'm sure it's not for everyone. However, in the name of supporting the Okarito Beach House, I'm reviewing. Laura, the manager, was a gem. The Hutel was a lovely home away from home with a private porch. If you don't mind the drive and isolation (must bring in food from Franz Josef), you will be rewarded with a nice walking beach, lagoon and other walking areas, and a beautiful night sky. It is peaceful and quiet - very chill.
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Date of stay: January 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Steve H wrote a review Apr 2011
Oakham, United Kingdom120 contributions105 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here from 22nd-25th March. We hadn't stayed at a Backpacking Hostel before and didn't know what to expect but we wanted to stay at Okarito and this came up on the Internet as about the only place to stay. What a revelation! It was quite brilliant. Right next to the beach and lagoon. Excellent cooking facilities. En-suite double room with patio doors leading to a small front patio. Very friendly family running the establishment and set in pleasant grounds. No shops so make sure you take any supplies with you that you will need or face a 1.5hr round trip to the nearest shop. It was great just to sit around with other guests and swap travel stories and information, watch the sun go down and drink a glass of wine/beer together in the evening. It's true there was no TV but we don't tend to go on holiday to watch TV so it wasn't a problem for us. There are some lovely walks from just outside the door and the boat trip on the lagoon (runs from the local cafe about 3 doors away) is highly recommended. We found the local people in Okarito particularly friendly and they would always stop for a chat, recommending things to do, etc. Very good value for money.
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Date of stay: March 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Justin C wrote a review Mar 2011
Seattle, Washington18 contributions29 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
It was deserted when we arrived at about 5pm ( we had a booking). So went to the beach for a while and on our return the lady there had arrived and showed us our room.
The room was with 2 others in a building in the back of what was obviously a private residence which felt a little strange. The reception was their living room and there were kids toys and stuff all over the place including the gardens. Not a total eye sore but just a little odd.
The rooms themselves were nice and clean and had on suite bathrooms, all nice. The hostel kitchen was nice and clean and there was a wood burning stove and some couches. Comfy but no TV, or stereo( well ok and old cd/tape player with no cds and that did not have a aux jack for mp3 players) or any other information or posters etc that most hostels have.
Overall very nice but better to come and stay an extended time and plan to be self reliant for your activities and information. ( And dont come by yourself- no dorms and not many other guests to hang out with). Maybe it shouldn't be called a hostel more like shared kitchen batches.
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Date of stay: March 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Fibelman wrote a review Jan 2019
New Zealand21 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are looking for something standing out of the line stay at this place. It is a hidden gem in the heart of Okarito. The owners are super friendly and helpful, you would feel like at home. Rooms were superclean and furnishing felt like new. Definitely better than staying in busy Franz Josef.
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Date of stay: January 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Okarito kiwi tour is a must!
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Franziska S wrote a review Aug 2018
Frankfurt, Germany121 contributions108 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I loved staying in Okarito, it is such a cute little town with a lovely beach and great walks in the surrounding area. And the Okarito Beach House was the perfect place to the based. I wanted to book the Hutel for my boyfriend and myself, but unfortunately it was already reserved, so I booked a room in the Summit Lodge instead. When we arrived, there were no other guests, so we had the entire lodge to ourselves. The place was huge, with a well-equipped kitchen, a fire place and a big porch. There is a laundry room where you can wash and dry your clothes for free. Will and Mikaela who took care of the house were extremely kind and made us feel right at home. At the end of our trip, they even made it possible for my boyfriend to return and spend another week at the Hutel, although they had already officially closed for the winter season. My only complaint would be the cleanliness, especially of the bathrooms. But I’d still highly recommend staying at the Okarito Beach House and I might be back myself one day.
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Date of stay: April 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Answer from OkaritoBeachHouse
Okarito, New Zealand9 contributions
Hi Lizzie. My apologies for not getting back to you sooner. I'm on holiday and the Beach House is closed until Mon 11th July. We do allow dogs, and during the quiet times (up until Nov) we don't charge any more for late checkout. Unfortunately it won't let me post our email address here, but if you google 'Okarito Beach House' our website has all our contact details. Again, sorry for the delay in getting back to you. If there's anything else I can help with please let me know. Kind Regards, Aaron
Fibelman wrote a tip Jan 2019
New Zealand21 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Okarito kiwi tour is a must!"
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Suné L wrote a tip Jan 2018
Dunedin, New Zealand39 contributions19 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Drive on to Franz Joseph"
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Eastbourneoops wrote a tip Mar 2017
Eastbourne97 contributions49 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take ear plugs and insect repellant, the night time noise from the insects is noticable"
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Antje_Arica wrote a tip Dec 2016
Winterthur, Switzerland18 contributions4 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The "hutel" is great! "
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B4428HRtonyb wrote a tip Nov 2016
Louth, United Kingdom2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All were great."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Okarito Beach House
Which popular attractions are close to Okarito Beach House?
Nearby attractions include Okarito Trig Walk and Three Mile Lagoon (0.1 km) and Okarito Lagoon (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Okarito Beach House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and self serve laundry.
Is parking available at Okarito Beach House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Is Okarito Beach House located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Okarito.
Are there any historical sites close to Okarito Beach House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Church of St. James (9.3 km).