Punakaiki Beach Hostel, Punakaiki

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Punakaiki Beach Hostel offers a cozy and familiar atmosphere in modern, very well-maintained and clean buildings in a breathtaking location. It is a great base for outdoor activities or a visit to the famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes.

The Location

The hostel is comprised of two buildings. The main one is located right on the beach on the amazing Punakaiki Coast. You can hear the waves from your room and have the most amazing views of sunsets from the balcony. However, the smallest building is in a side street, about five minutes' walk from the beach. It is really not obvious when you make the reservation that there are two buildings and that your bed can be in either.

The hostel is in an ideal location for any activities in Punakaiki. It is about fifteen minutes' walk from the famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, tourist information centre, DOC centre, and cafes one way and ten minutes from the start of hikes, a canoe hire, and amazing beaches on the other. There are no shops in Punakaiki and public transportation is limited to the odd coach.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The whole design and style of the hostel is attractive and upbeat; the rooms are modern and creatively furnished, but use as many natural elements as possible. The colours are happy -- in most bedrooms there is a sink, and apart from the campervan, which could do with a bit of a redecoration, the buildings and furniture are well maintained. There are several types of rooms available -- dorms of different sizes, doubles, a sleepout, and a romantic campervan. Most beds are bunks, but there are some single beds, too. The bathrooms are really modern and clean -- there is always plenty of liquid soap and toilet paper.

Common Spaces

There is a really nice, spacious kitchen with a dining area in both houses. It is modern, extremely clean and really well equipped with various useful things and sugar, oil, tea, coffee, and spices for everybody to use. Herbs can be collected in the little herb garden near the reception. However, most furniture is made of wood, there is only one sofa in one building and none in the other, so it's not too comfortable for just chilling. A few boardgames and books are available for use.

There is a huge balcony with a table and a few chairs from where you can watch the waves or the sunset, which is an ideal place for a picnic. Freshly baked bread and muffins are available at the reception at a reasonable price.


It is definitely great value if you like a cozy place with few guests and a more relaxing and less party-oriented location. The premises are really tidy and clean, the bathrooms and kitchens are spotless. The whole place is creative and modern, but at the same is in good harmony with the natural environment. The only downside is that you might not end up on the beach as the name suggests, because the second building is not on the beach.


Nice position but officious management

A nice position by the beach but the uptight foreign management left an unfortunate impression -- not recommended.

New Zealand

Fantastic place to stay at!

I've been traveling around South Island, staying at a lot of places, but this one bet it all. It's really like homecoming. You'll hardly find a friendlier, cleaner and nicer hostel in the world. The fresh bread and muffins for sale every day are a splendid service and the kitchen is very well equipped. Staying there rather feels like home. Very kind people, very relaxed evenings, take a break from the world and relax in utter peace! Apart from that, the jungle at night with the lantern path they put up as well as the very close beach gave me some of the most magical hours of my life. Even after years these memories are fresh enough to touch them. Thanks, guys!


Great hostel right on the beach and a close walk to Pancake Rocks and Punakaiki Caverns. We sat in the hot tub to watch the sun set- you can't really beat that!


It's a long while ago that I have been to New Zealand but I have the best memories of this hostel. I remember it had a few things in the house made from driftwood, like the stair rail or towel rails, which made this place really special. The location is excellent. In the "old times" they also had freshly baked bread and muffins for a little fee. I loved this place I would always return.


This place has a great location, very nice and friendly people, and it's clean. It was simply fantastic!


Punakaiki Beach Hostel is a newly re-decorated hostel on the west coast of New Zealand. The hostel is located in a prime location for various activities including a beach, the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks, and many hiking trails.

The hostel itself is split into three different buildings, the owners house/office, the main dorm area, and then the Seashell house. The common area is large and spaciou with a good sized tv and plenty of reading material. The rooms are brightly decorated and very cozy. Each bed has it's on reading lamp and a little wooden stand for alarm clocks, glasses, etc. The mattresses are comfy and the pillows just right. There isn't any bedding so make sure to bring a sleeping bag.

The bathrooms are clean and individual giving into a brief flashback of when you actually had your own bathroom with privacy. The water pressure is good and so is the hot water. There is a hot tub out near the main building for all night time swims and a quaint pub next to the seashell house but make sure to get cash in greymouth or Franz Josef because there isn't an ATM around for a few hundred miles.

All in all the area is beautiful and the hostel is unique and cozy.

Amy Faulconer
United States


Punakaiki Beach Hostel is self catering backpacker style accommodation situated right on the beach. 300m to the Pancake Rocks we are a good starting point to all tracks into the Paparoa National Park. Listen to the waves and watch the incredible West Coast sunset from our lounge and verandah. Go tramping and relax after in our free outdoor Spa pool with sea views. Have a great time!!!

Location and Contact


On the corner of Webb St & Dickenson Parade



Address: 4 Webb Street, Punakaiki, New Zealand

Punakaiki Beach Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website Punakaiki Beach Hostel Punakaiki (if you know the URL of their website, let us know and we'll add it)
Phone Number: (03)731-1852
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Facilities and Amenities


Luggage Storage


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Book Collection/Exchange

Clothes Dryer

Credit Card Payments



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Open Dates: All Year

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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