Welcome to Punakaiki

A unique landscape of natural wonders on New Zealand South Island’s rugged West Coast.

You can experience for yourself the iconic Pancake Rocks and blowholes, the top-rated natural wonder by the wild Tasman Sea.

But there’s more to discover. The road between Westport and Greymouth is regarded as one of the most dramatic coastal roads in the world. While inland, there’s more limestone formations and caves, lush rainforest, hiking trails and gentle walks.

Whether you are on your way from Nelson or Picton to the glaciers or Christchurch, Punakaiki is the place to linger to connect with Nature and appreciate the wild vistas.

Secluded, stylish accommodation by the Pancake Rocks

Hydrangea Cottages is the perfect place to rest and relax on your holiday.

Offering secluded, spacious and stylish accommodation within sight of New Zealand’s spectacular Pancake Rocks, Hydrangea Cottages provides comfort, convenience and a quintessential Kiwi touch for discerning travellers who can enjoy coastal views, on-site limestone formations, native birdsong, and the sound of the sea to lull you to sleep at night. Situated on an elevated terrace overlooking the Tasman Sea, and surrounded by the Paparoa National Park, each of the six cottages is unique in its design and orientation. With options from studio units for solo guests or couples, to multiple-room family houses for up to 10 people, Hydrangea Cottages offers a range of accommodation to enable you to rest and replenish. A deserted wild surf beach is just a short walk away down the driveway, and the Pancake Rocks are 600m away - easily walkable.

Stay a day or stay a week, there is plenty to discover.

Hydrangea Cottages is the perfect place to rest and relax on your holiday.

As the Pancake Rocks and blowholes are powered by the tide, it is worth staying at least one night in Punakaiki so you can witness the natural phenomena at different times of the tidal cycle. With half and full day walking tracks in the adjoining Paparoa National Park, including New Zealand’s latest Great Walk, you won’t regret staying longer in Punakaiki. Guided horse treks up the forested limestone cliff valley finishing on the Punakaiki beach are available, for many the highlight of their Punakaiki experience. We can offer parking for self contained vehicles when space available $50.00 per vehicle with sea views.

We look forward to welcoming you to this special part of the world, a sub-tropical paradise that is good for your body, mind and spirit.

We can offer secure vehicle storage if you are staying with us while walking the Paparoa Great walk - please inquire.


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Rimu Cottage

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

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Rata Suite

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

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Mamaku Suite

The warm, secluded Mamaku Suite is located on the first floor of our two-storey apartment and can sleep up to 3 people....

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Nikau Cottage

Our two-bedroom Nikau Cottage, nestled amongst native West Coast bush is the perfect hideaway for guests searching for a room with a view....

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Miro Cottage

Escape to Miro Cottage, our sunny studio offering breath-taking views of the southern foot of the Pancake rocks Punakaiki and ever-changing Tasman Sea......

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Seaside Takutai House

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

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Paparoa Hut

Our stables hut is a rustic cabin we have converted into a cute cozy space. The cabin is across the road from the stables and the Punakaiki Lagoon and......