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Hydrangea Cottages and Punakaiki Horse Treks!

Punakaiki is a subtropical micro climate located between Greymouth and Westport on the South Island’s rugged West Coast.

The landscape in this part of New Zealand is unlike anything else you will encounter and Hydrangea Cottages is the perfect place to stop and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. We offer secluded, spacious and stylish accommodation in Punakaiki within a stone’s throw of one of New Zealand’s most treasured and spectacular tourist attractions – the Pancake Rocks.

The Pancake Rocks were formed around 30 million years ago when marine creatures and plants landed on the seabed. Over time water pressure caused these fossils to solidify in layers and gradually these layers were pushed above the seabed to form what we now call the Pancake Rocks. The best time to visit this famous attraction is at high tide when the sea water is pushed up through the blowholes.

Take in the coastal views from the comfort of your cottage, whilst listening to the native birdsong and enjoying the peaceful surroundings of wild hydrangeas, Nikau palms, native bush and huge limestone outcrops. For the more adventurous, we offer guided horse treks through the magnificent Punakaiki Valley and finishing on the Punakaiki beach. If you have a little more time, stay a few days and discover the half and full day walking tracks in the Paparoa National Park or explore the rugged Punakaiki beaches.

Each cottage is unique and has been designed by your hosts for your relaxation. They are privately situated on an elevated terrace overlooking the Tasman Sea and surrounded by the Paparoa National Park. We have six cottages available, ranging from a studio suitable for a couple to a 2-bedroom cottage for a family of 7 and a 3-bedroom house suitable for 10 people.

We are ideally situated within walking distance of the Pancake Rocks (600m) and a short stroll down the driveway to the beach.

Punakaiki and the Pancake Rocks are one stop you don’t want to miss and we look forward to welcoming you on your visit to the wonderful West Coast.


Rimu Cottage

Nestled amongst the native West Coast bush, Rimu Cottage is ideal for couples looking for comfort an......

$ 245 /day


Rata Suite

The Rata Suite is located on the second floor of our two-storey apartment and offers views through t......

$ 270 /day


Mamaku Suite

The warm, secluded Mamaku Suite is located on the first floor of our two-storey apartment and can sl......

$ 240 /day


Nikau Cottage

Our two-bedroom Nikau Cottage, nestled amongst native West Coast bush is the perfect hideaway for gu......

$ 335 /day


Miro Cottage

Escape to Miro Cottage, our sunny studio offering breath-taking views of the southern foot of the Pa......

$ 260 /day


Seaside Takutai House

Seaside Takutai House is a stone’s throw from Punakaiki Beach and is perfect for larger groups or a......

$ 970 / for 2 days