Where to Accommodation in Punakaiki for Backpackers
Most tourists see Punakaiki as a place to stop to see the Pancake Rocks and continue on their merry way. But did you know there is so much to do in Punakaiki?! Punakaiki is on the edge of the Paparoa National Park, featuring the Paparoa Track Great Walk, horse riding tours, kayaking on the river, hiking, bone carving, knife making… and so much more – just see the 10 Best Things to Do in Punakaiki! With that in mind, you’ll want to stay awhile but save on the cents for all of those amazing experiences. So here we have, what we consider, the best backpacker hostels in Punakaiki!
Ok, so Punakaiki doesn’t exactly have five hostels, it only has two. Nevertheless, we have listed hostels a short drive from Punakaiki to show you more options. We also include a couple of holiday parks which have cabin accommodation and camping sites for budget travellers. Easy!
1. Punakaiki Beach Hostel
With a location like this, you’d expect to be at a luxury resort! Punakaiki Beach Hostel has great views of the ocean all over the property with some relaxing lounge areas both inside and out. Stay in a hostel dorm, private room or even a cottage or house truck, the latter two providing ultimate privacy! With a stellar beachfront location, heaps of games, an outdoor seating area and colourful decor, there’s plenty to make you want to stay longer.
Check Punakaiki Beach Hostel out:
2. Te Nikau Retreat
Nestled in a nikau palm rainforest, Te Nikau Retreat is another Punakaiki hostel boasting an amazing location. A number of walking tracks can be accessed from the hostel including the Truman Track. Also scattered throughout the rainforest property are a number of lodges with hostel dorms and private rooms with shared facilities, private cabins, campsites and self-contained cottages. With everything being split up across the grounds, you never get the sense that this retreat feels overcrowded.
Check Te Nikau Retreat out:
- Te Nikau Retreat on Booking.com
- Te Nikau Retreat on HostelWorld
- Te Nikau Retreat on Trip.com
- Te Nikau Retreat on Expedia
3. Punakaiki Beach Camp
If you’re backpacking around New Zealand by campervan or staying in a tent, check out the Punakaiki Beach Camp. Listen to the waves rolling in on this coastal holiday park. Accommodation includes powered sites, tent sites and cabins. Make use of the communal kitchen to spruce up your own meals (ask at reception for cooking utensils if you need them – they’re free to hire, but are not out in the kitchen).
Check Punakaiki Beach Camp out:
- Punakaiki Beach Camp on Booking.com
- Punakaiki Beach Camp on Trip.com
- Punakaiki Beach Camp on Expedia
5. Global Village Backpackers (Greymouth)
40 minutes south of Punakaiki, the Global Village Backpackers is just one of the backpacker offerings in the town of Greymouth. Make use of free kayak hire for exploring the neighbouring Lake Karoro and bike hire to explore the local area. At the end of the end, relax in the spa pool or the Finnish sauna before retreating to your chosen room, whether it’s one of the private rooms like a double, twin, triple, family or even six-person dorm, or one of the shared dorms with mixed and female-only options available. For more options in Greymouth, head to the 7 Best Backpacker Hostels in Greymouth.
Check Global Village Backpackers out:
- Global Village Backpackers on Booking.com
- Global Village Backpackers on HostelWorld
- Global Village Backpackers on Trip.com
- Global Village Backpackers on Expedia
5. Charleston Holiday Park
Another backpacker-budget accommodation nearby Punakaiki is the Charleston Motor Camp & Holiday Park. Choose from a variety of cabins, from single rooms to bunk rooms (linen needs to be hired). Plus, there are powered sites and tent sites for camping. Charleston is 30 minutes’ drive from Punakaiki. Nearby, you will also find the town of Westport with the 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Westport.
Check Charleston Holiday Park out:
[UPDATE] Beaconstone Eco Lodge
[Update: Beaconstone Eco Lodge no longer provides backpacker accommodation, but it is now “Beaconstone Eco Stay” providing cheap private cabins instead. Check out the links below for more details].
Just 35 minutes out of Punakaiki, Beaconstone Eco Lodge is another backpacker hostel well worth considering along the West Coast. This hostel helps you reduce your environmental impact while travelling by solely using solar power and rainwater. What’s more, it’s a small hostel sleeping only 10, so when you want to escape the crowds you know where to go.
Check Beaconstone Eco Stay out:
More About Punakaiki for Backpackers
That’s it for our list of the best hostels in Punakaiki. For more West Coast travel advice, check out the following guides:
Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in the West Coast – Guide for Backpackers.