On The Beach Penguins Retreat

Bach or holiday home | Hokitika | #7665

9.5/10 (120 ratings)
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 4 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking



We have divided our house to accommodate you.

Come here to just chill out and enjoy your immediate surroundings or day trip to a variety of West Coast activities and walks.

Spectacular views, beach fires and magnificent sunsets. Fish or beach comb for greenstone as far as you could wander. .

Centrally located on the West Coast to enjoy many attractions the Coast has to offer. Just 3 kms from Hokitika township for cafes, supermarkets, banks and jade shops, glass blowing and the museum.

The West Coast Wilderness Bike Trail is close by

Day trip from here to

Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers,

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

Hokitika Gorge and Lake Kaniere

The Denniston Plateau

Gold Pan at Goldsborough

If Penguins Retreat is not available have a look at Oceanside Retreat and Whitebait Cottage which are on the same large property , also listed on Bookabach. Or, if you are a larger group than the main house can accommodate, book Whitebait Cottage and Oceanside

Find a special stone on the beach and have Ray make it into a pendant for you

We make stone mats and wood mats in our factory close by. If you want to purchase mats directly from us, you can buy when you are here.

Special conditions: Sleeps 6 comfortably but there are beds for 8 Two night minimum weekends Three night minimum long weekends 4 night minimum in Summer school holidays. Pets are by arrangement only. Smoking outdoors only


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Bath tub
  • Clothes dryer
  • Cot available
  • Easy access
  • Electric blankets
  • Fireplace
  • Freeview (TM)
  • Fridge
  • Highchair
  • Internet (WiFi)
  • Kayak(s)
  • Life jackets
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • bedroom 1

    1 x Queen bed

  • bedroom 2

    1 x Queen bed

  • bedroom 3

    1 x Bunk bed
    1 x Queen bed


Maybe booked

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

*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 (247)

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  • This is my third time staying here

    This is my third time staying here. I have stayed on a different bach each time. The location is perfect, close to glow worms, right on the beach. Colleen and Ray are incredible hosts. I cannot rate these baches or the owners highly enough. Hokitika has so much to offer and is central to all the great sights. I love that they are perfectly pet friendly! Cannot wait to return. Thank you so much for yet another memorable stay in sheer comfort.

    Georgethelentil 100%|2x Jul 2018

  • It was so lovely staying right on the beach - lots of...

    It was so lovely staying right on the beach - lots of opportunities for long walks, a glass of bubbles at sunset and some toasted marshmallows in the fire in the evening. The bach had everything we needed for a comfortable and enjoyable stay, I would certainly recommend Penguins Retreat as a fantastic holiday destination. Hopefully we'll get back there one day! Thank you so much Ray and Colleen.

    Sharon-Lee 100%|4x May 2018

  • Comfy beds and good linen made a touch of luxury in an...

    Comfy beds and good linen made a touch of luxury in an idyllic spot on the wild coast.

    leweok620 100%|2x Apr 2018

  • It's a wonderful location, right on the beach just north of Hokitika

    It's a wonderful location, right on the beach just north of Hokitika. Beach views and walks. Opportunities to make a fire on the beach just metres from the house. Covered outdoor sitting area with beach views but sheltered from the prevailing wind. Clean inside, well equipped. And the bonus of penguins at night and tame eels to feed! We enjoyed the location for the bike trails also, which were great.

    AdeleNe1 100%|10x Apr 2018

  • Great location, comfortable beds with nice linen and a good hot shower

    Great location, comfortable beds with nice linen and a good hot shower. The bach had everything we needed for our weekend stay.

    AnnaW18 100%|1x Feb 2018

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