Woodpecker Bay Bach - Life on the edge

Bach or holiday home | Punakaiki | #23594

9.6/10 (198 ratings)
  • 3 Guests
  • 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.

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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, place used linen and towels in the bath tub and we will do the rest. Linen included.

Free tea, coffee and pantry basics provided.

*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 waterfront property 'Waihaha Bach' - located just 2 kms from Woodpecker Bay Bach.

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. *Nearest towns for supplies/petrol are Westport 30 mins north or Greymouth 45 mins south - stock up before you arrive.


  • 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]

Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
Standard Rate - All Year - One Price
25-Nov-17 to 25-Feb-19
$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. Service fees may also apply.

Reviews (199)

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  • Outstanding location

    Outstanding location. A very special place. Loved staying there best stay in our 4 weeks in NZ. If you ever get a chance to stay grab it with both hands

    TheresaBo4 new member Nov 2017

  • Awesome location, very private, will defiantly go back again

    Awesome location, very private, will defiantly go back again.

    KayH3682 100%|4x Nov 2017

  • Like everyone who has visited, and written in the guest book, we...

    Like everyone who has visited, and written in the guest book, we were totally smitten by this cosy wee bach. Even the intrepid journeys to the toilet were fantastic. A little slice of history so lovingly presented and kept (thanks Maria and Daniel). Two perfect nights

    darlenea 100%|3x Oct 2017

  • Humble, a treasure from the past, all the trimmings but as comfortable...

    Humble, a treasure from the past, all the trimmings but as comfortable and savoury as you could wish in the most stunning and dramatic coastal landscape, as visually exciting as anything on the planet.

    JanM6538 100%|1x Oct 2017

  • Amazing Bach great location would recommend to everyone

    Amazing Bach great location would recommend to everyone

    DeanAmanda 100%|3x Sep 2017

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About the Owner/Manager, Daniel Beetham

Member since Aug 2013
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