Woodpecker Bay Bach - Life on the edge

Bach or holiday home | Punakaiki | #23594

9.6/10 (169 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 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
Single Night Permitted
30-Mar-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 15-Apr-17
$170+/night $170+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $25/night; Children: $15/night;
2 night minimum stay
Single Night Permitted
16-Apr-17 to 20-Apr-17
$170+/night $170+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $25/night; Children: $15/night;
Standard Rate
21-Apr-17 to 30-Jun-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. Service fees may also apply.

Reviews (170)

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  • No trip to the South Island should be regarded as complete without...

    No trip to the South Island should be regarded as complete without a stay at Woodpecker. It is truly unique. We watched dolphins in the sea below while sitting at the dining table. Really comfy and cosy at night: we just loved it.

    richan26 100%|5x Mar 2017

  • Very private location, which is well equipped

    Very private location, which is well equipped.....Perfect getaway from the everyday hustle and bustle. It was walking down memory lane :camping near the wild sea and the outdoor loo,which added the extra touch. If you dont mind the latter then I 'd say Woodpecker Bay Bach is the nugget of gold still to be found in New Zealand

    PaulKo18 new member Mar 2017

  • That's a silly question

    That's a silly question. It's obvious!

    ChristopherLo1 100%|2x Feb 2017

  • Private, magnificent setting a real Kiwiana Bach

    Private, magnificent setting a real Kiwiana Bach. Loved it.

    AllisonMo3 100%|2x Feb 2017

  • 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 100%|3x Jan 2017

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