Woodpecker Bay Bach ~ Life on the edge

Bach or holiday home | Punakaiki | #23594

9.7/10 (222 ratings)
  • 3 Guests
  • Studio
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking
  • Best Setting 2014


It doesn't get any better than this, built on solid rock just out of reach of the breaking surf and just a one minute walk to a white sandy beach... this iconic kiwi bach has braved the elements since the 1940s. Little has changed, the view is still breath-taking, the interior is still very 'bachy' - albeit with a few more modern conveniences. A trip to the loo is still a dash down the garden path although this is now a flush toilet. This is the great kiwi bach experience from yesteryear. With no neighbours looking in, you have total privacy... though you may have to share the rocky shoreline with the occasional seal or penguin.

Free WIFI broadband. Bach telephone for local and incoming calls (no mobile coverage)

Located just 15 mins north of Punakaiki... or 30 mins south of Westport.

Westport is your nearest place to buy groceries and petrol - stock up before you arrive.

Winner of the Bookabach 2014 Gold Piwa Award for 'Best Setting"

Cleaning: Please do your dishes and leave the bach tidy, we will do the rest. Linen and towels are included.

Free tea, coffee and pantry basics provided.

*There is a sofa bed to accommodate 1 extra guest (in the same room as the bed) however the bach is more comfortable with two guests (see photos)

When you arrive be sure to check-in to the Woodpecker Bay Bach fb page.

A 2-night minimum stay is required.

Help SAVE THE PENGUINS: A portion of every booking is donated to the West Coast Penguin Trust - $2,482 raised and donated so far (to Nov '18). There is also a West Coast Penguin Trust donation box in the bach if you can spare any change for the Penguins - The Penguins thank you! :-)

*If this bach is booked for the dates that you want... please see my other waterfront properties 'Waihaha Bach' and 'Waituhi at Whitehorse Bay' - both located just down the road from Woodpecker Bay Bach on the same stunning coastline.

Special conditions:

The flush loo is outside (down a short garden path) At night use a torch (provided)

This stunning location is DOC conservation land and therefore restrictions apply, PETS ARE PROHIBITED.

Due to the obvious terrain around the bach - small children would need constant supervision.

Smoking outside only.

*No shops! - Nearest towns for supplies/petrol are Westport 30 mins north or Greymouth 45 mins south - stock up before you arrive.

Extras: Cleaning (Required, NZ$50.00 per stay); Linen (included);


  • DVD player
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • SKY TV ®
  • Telephone (local calls)
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Studio layout, Queen bed and sofa bed.

    1 x Fold-out sofa bed
    1 x Queen bed


Maybe booked

*Pricing may vary depending on the dates you choose and the number of guests. Additional charges (extras) and minimum stay criteria may also apply. Service fees may also apply.

Reviews (223)

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  • Wow! What a place to stay! We loved absolutely everything about this...

    Wow! What a place to stay! We loved absolutely everything about this Bach! Marvellously portrays the rugged Wild West!

    Relz95 100%|1x Oct 2018

  • Amazing little spot

    Amazing little spot. Highly recommended

    DrewG244 100%|2x Oct 2018

  • The perfect spot to unwind and enjoy the rustic charm of the...

    The perfect spot to unwind and enjoy the rustic charm of the cottage and the outdoors. We loved the wood fire and bath & toilet with a view. Shower was good also. Easy access to some great walks. The use of Netflix was a bonus and the DVD selection extensive. We will definitely be back and recommend it to others.

    BrianDo8 100%|1x Oct 2018

  • The bach is petite but in a very rare beautiful spot between...

    The bach is petite but in a very rare beautiful spot between rocks just above the shoreline. It is incredibly private and a joy to stay at. We will be booking again.

    andrke988 100%|5x Sep 2018

  • The Bach was an excellent place to stay

    The Bach was an excellent place to stay. Would highly recommend to any one.

    katec23 100%|2x Sep 2018

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