Woodpecker Bay Bach - Life on the edge

Bach or holiday home | Punakaiki | #23594

9.6/10 (165 ratings)
  • 3 people
  • 1 bedrooms
  • 2 beds
  • 1 bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking
  • Best Setting 2014


  • This unique location so close to the crashing surf will have you captivated!
  • Beautiful on a warm summer day - Even better during a wild winter storm.
  • Soak in a hot bath and watch the waves come rolling in and dolphins swim by.

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 shore line 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 the dishes and we will do the rest. Linen included.

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

2 night minimum stay, unless indicated.

Help SAVE THE PENGUINS: A portion of every booking is donated to the West Coast Penguin Trust - $1,040 raised and donated so far. 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 listing 'Waihaha Bach' - located just 2 kms from Woodpecker Bay Bach.

Special conditions: The flush loo is outside (down a short garden path) 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.


  • Bath tub
  • DVD player
  • Fridge
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Internet (WiFi)
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower
  • Telephone (local calls)
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Studio layout, Queen bed and sofa bed.

    Combined living/sleeping area

    1 x Fold-out sofa bed
    1 x Queen bed

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Extras: Linen FREE (included); Cleaning $40.00 per stay (required)
  • AA Smartfuel: Get 10c/litre fuel discount when you book and stay at this property for TWO nights or more [More info]

  • Multi-night stay: Get 1 FREE night when you stay for 6 nights or longer. Not valid for periods where a last minute discount applies. Free night applies to lowest priced night.

Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
Single Night Permitted
24-Jan-17 to 30-Mar-17
$170+/night $170+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $25/night; Children: $15/night;
Standard Rate
31-Mar-17 to 24-Apr-18
$170+/night $170+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $25/night; Children: $15/night;
2 night minimum stay

*Pricing may vary depending on the dates you choose and the number of guests. Additional charges (extras) and minimum stay criteria may also apply. Bookings paid for through Bookabach online payments incur a 3% credit card transaction fee.

Reviews (166)

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  • This is a unique place that delivers what it promises

    This is a unique place that delivers what it promises. Loved it. Did I mention I loved it?

    AnnaT311 new member Jan 2017

  • If you're looking for "generic" luxury, this isn't for you

    If you're looking for "generic" luxury, this isn't for you. If you're looking for a unique,pleasant memory for the rest of your life, book now! Even having seen the photos on the website,which don't do it justice, we actually said aloud: "Wow". Unless you sleep on a boat, this is about as close as you'll ever get to safely sleeping by the sea. A view from every room, even the toilet outside.

    Colfog new member Jan 2017

  • We loved our couple of days at the Woodpecker Bay Bach, it...

    We loved our couple of days at the Woodpecker Bay Bach, it has definitely been a highlight of our South Island holiday. The Bach is so rustic and cosy, even though it rained most of the ime we were there it didn't matter at all. We even spotted a seal from the window! We can't wait to recommend this bach to people we know :)

    MelanieMi2 0%|1x Jan 2017

  • What an amazing bach

    What an amazing bach....very very special and very 'New Zealand'. You couldn't get any better, right on the waterfront and soooo relaxing - we loved every minute, thank you Daniel for sharing your bach with us all... MERRY XMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR - we will definitely be back when we need to relax and revive again! :)

    SianG635 50%|2x Dec 2016

  • This Bach is "as good as it gets", I can not rate...

    This Bach is "as good as it gets", I can not rate it highly enough. Thank you very much Daniel for sharing it. Its location is dramatic, charming and quaint. The bed is very comfortable. I didn't move for three days. Flagged the biking and just chilled out.

    suzain103 100%|10x Dec 2016

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