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Cottage in Fox River
Place for 2 with a sea view 1 Bedroom / W/ Hot Tub
Take it easy at this unique and tranquil getaway. Spectacular elevated views will greet you on arrival, inviting you into our piece of paradise. This one bed-roomed luxury getaway is a private, warm, and relaxing place to unwind. Surrounded by native bush and oceanic views over the Tasman, it's a perfect getaway to absorb the beauty of the West Coast and everything it has to offer. The stunning coast road is right at your doorstep and is regarded as one of the top 10 drives in the world.
$175 per night
Home in Punakaiki
"Punakaiki Dreaming" - Gorgeous Character Bach
Built by two brothers in 1924 and lovingly restored by the present owners, this bach boasts charisma and character. Located on a private section, sheltering right behind the sea wall and within minutes of the amazing Pancake rocks and the stunning Paparoa National Park, this bach enjoys a truly ideal location. An abundance of activities such as kayaking, surfing, mountain biking, walking, swimming and stand up paddle boarding await only a few minutes walk away.
$105 per night
Cottage in Punakaiki
Woodpecker Bay Bach ~ Life on the edge.
Woodpecker Bay Bach is a rustic, cosy, New Zealand bach. If you want to escape the rat race... this is the place for you! Woodpecker Bay Bach is often fully booked - if your dates are not available - be sure to see my other oceanfront properties... Waihaha Bach, Te Tutu Bach, Little Blue, and Waituhi at Whitehorse Bay.
$117 per night

Stay near Punakaiki's top sights

Pancake Rocks Cafe24 locals recommend
Punakaiki Tavern Accommodation & Bistro10 locals recommend
Pororari River Track3 locals recommend

Other great vacation rentals in Punakaiki

Home in Punakaiki
Absolute Beachfront Home - Punakaiki
$212 per night
Cabin in Barrytown
Paparoa Beach Hideaway One Bedroom House
$170 per night
Cottage in Cape Foulwind
Okari Cottage
$117 per night
Guest suite in West Coast
Hill top Boutique Guest unit overlooking the sea
$131 per night
Apartment in Barrytown
Tasman West - on the beach!
$76 per night
Cottage in Rapahoe
Rapahoe Beach Bach
$101 per night
Loft in Greymouth
Rustic loft in Gladstone
$74 per night
Guesthouse in Greymouth
Bach 471 Outdoor Bath & Sea Views
$86 per night
Apartment in Greymouth
Greymouth Central Apartment
$71 per night
Guesthouse in Fox River
Sunset Bach
$80 per night
Guest suite in Greymouth
FREE PRIVATE studioself contained, WIFI, breakfast
$54 per night
Guesthouse in Greymouth
TOP RATED-PRIVATE STUDIO-Self contained, clean!
$74 per night

Your guide to Punakaiki

All About Punakaiki

Located on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, the small village of Punakaiki is framed by the blue waters of the Tasman Sea and the lush vegetation of the Paparoa mountain range. Most of the town’s amenities — a few shops selling necessities, restaurants specializing in homestyle food — stretch along the Coast Road. What draws people to this remote part of the coast is the awe-inspiring scenery, from rugged, rocky coastlines to winding rivers. Punakaiki backs onto Paparoa National Park, where you can explore eight trails leading through limestone cliffs and canyons to some of the best-known spots in New Zealand, including the Pancake Rocks and blowholes formed millions of years ago.

With the variety of habitats found in Punakaiki, it’s no surprise that the village offers excellent birding and wildlife viewing opportunities. You may even get the chance to see a Hector’s dolphin, one of the world’s smallest dolphin species, which is only found off the coast of New Zealand.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Punakaiki

The summer and autumn months of November through April tend to be the best time to visit Punakaiki. Temperatures are pleasant, with the warmest months being January through March. This is the perfect time to take a hike along the trails in Paparoa National Park. If you’re planning on spending time in the sea, the water is at its warmest in January and February as well. Winters are cold, with temperatures approaching the freezing point, but snowfall is rare. There is, however, significant rainfall throughout the year, so come prepared with waterproof shoes and a jacket.

While you won’t find many events in Punakaiki, you can enjoy festivals throughout the year nearby in Hokitika, which is only an hour away. The Hokitika screenings of the NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival are held in November, and the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival — which showcases a quirky variety of local dishes — is held in March in the town square.

Top things to do in Punakaiki

Pancake Rocks

Formed more than 25 million years ago as a result of erosion, the Pancake Rocks are one of the South Island’s most photographed sites. As their name suggests, the layered limestone formations resemble stacks of flat slabs. When high tides roll in, the blowholes amid the rocks send up dramatic sprays of water, which is what has given the rocks their distinctive shape over the millennia. If you’re visiting during those times, be prepared to get a little wet.

Punakaiki Cavern

Just a short walk from the Pancake Rocks, the Punakaiki Cavern is a karst cave that was formed as the bedrock gradually dissolved. You can follow passages down into the dark for the chance to see some of New Zealand’s glow worms, which hang from cave ceilings and emit a blue glow. The area where you can safely view the caverns is clearly marked, but be sure to bring a flashlight, as it can get dark in there as the sun starts to set, and wear waterproof boots.

Shantytown Heritage Park

Around 45 minutes south of Punakaiki in the town of Greymouth, the Shantytown Heritage Park has recreated a 19th-century pioneer town that flourished during New Zealand’s West Coast gold rushes in the 1860s. You can visit a museum that displays thousands of artifacts telling the story of the gold rushes, wander along streets lined with historic buildings, ride a vintage steam train, and even pan for your own gold.

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