9 Stafford Road, Awatuna, Hokitika, New Zealand - Phone +64 3 755 6834
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Awatuna Homestead Bed and Breakfast Hokitika

Awatuna Homestead offers guests a haven of relaxed comfort with timeless, country elegance in private, rural surroundings. Villa style homestead with a variety of gorgeous well appointed bedrooms and bathrooms. Our guest lounge is a favourite gathering room to relax around the cosy open fire, exchange travel stories and share the days photos. An open central country kitchen, is the hub, of the homestead, a place of  delicious pacific rim cuisine, supported by fresh seasonal garden produce directly from our greenhouse.

A place of relaxed ambience and easy conversation.

Your Accommodation

Waimea Suite (Super King & Twin Beds)

Sleeps up to 4

Goldsborough Room (Super King or Twin Beds)

Sleeps up to 2

Stafford Room (Super King or Twin Beds)

Sleeps up to 2

Pretty Womans Gully (Queen Bed)

Sleeps up to 2

Pipers Flat Apartment (Queen & Twin Beds)

Sleeps up to 4
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Homestead Facilities

Guest Lounge

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Our guest lounge is a favourite gathering room to relax around the cosy open fire, exchange travel stories and share the days photos. A place of relaxed ambience and easy conversation.

Garden Areas

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Set within extensive country gardens are secluded areas and seating. Guests can relax amongst the native ferns and birdsong with a delicious wine and experience the stunning West Coast sunset skies.

Eat Fresh

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Your hosts love to cook with freshly grown vegetables from the Awatuna greenhouse and local New Zealand meat and fish, sharing the relaxed evening atmosphere of dining at the Homestead with guests.
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The Experience

From Awatuna Homestead...

You can still hear the sound of the sea's song as it caresses the shoreline near to the Homestead, depending on the mood of the weather. Awatuna gained its reputation as a safe anchorage in the early times of Pacific voyaging, when the first navigators guided their waka (vessels) to these shores after long and hazardous sea voyages from out of the Pacific Ocean.
You can still hear the sound of the sea's song as it caresses the shoreline near to the Homestead, depending on the mood of the weather. Awatuna gained its reputation as a safe anchorage in the early times of Pacific voyaging, when the first navigators guided their waka (vessels) to these shores after long and hazardous sea voyages from out of the Pacific Ocean.

Today that song of the sea...

Is still heard and the ancient places of those first people are etched into the landscape around and close to the Homestead. The centuries may have passed from those early navigators who settled here but the meaning of Awatuna and the hospitality it provided to those and all the people who came after them remains and is shared with today's modern travellers from all of the four corners of the world who now ride as the navigators of the waves of the skies and highways.

Set in a valley that stretches from the foothills of The Southern Alps...

To the Tasman Sea, the Homestead enjoys the peace and quiet of country lodge accommodation whilst being only 10 minutes from the modern convenience and facilities of Hokitika.

The original Awatuna Homestead...

was built in 1874 and was a fine example of the Colonial style architecture from that era of NZ history. Unfortunately the old homestead was lost to a fire in 1994.

The new Awatuna Homestead...

Is a double storey timber building which reflects many features of that former beautiful home. The architectural design has endeavoured to preserve the Classic Country Colonial lines incorporating dormer windows, sweeping roofs and wide, sheltering verandahs. The reconstruction used all plantation-sourced timbers for the framing and cladding, whilst the interior finishing is of beautiful, recycled native timbers (many salvaged from the former homestead.

Close by the Homestead...

Is where you will experience the natural splendour and excitement of being the only person on a wild West Coast beach - where you can look for precious stones and pounamu (greenstone) or marvel at the natural driftwood sculptures thrown up on the beach by the sea waves.

There are stunning views...

Of the mountains and the coastline stretching from Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and the Paparoa Ranges in the north through to Aoraki (Mount Cook) to the south.
These powerful scenes and landscapes, huge and awe inspiring as they may be, offer an amazing backdrop to a wonderful setting whereby you can choose to sit quietly on the beach, with a few wines and watch the unbelievable beauty of the sun setting into the arms of the ocean at day's end.
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Hokitika West Coast Activities

Hokitika History and Heritage

To say Hokitika has had a colourful past is a bit of an understatement. At the height of the gold rushes in the 1860’s it boasted 102 hotels. Throw in three opera houses and a whole lot of gold miners and it must have been a rip-roaring town.
To say Hokitika has had a colourful past is a bit of an understatement. At the height of the gold rushes in the 1860’s it boasted 102 hotels. Throw in three opera houses and a whole lot of gold miners and it must have been a rip-roaring town. There is still gold in them-there hills so pick up a gold pan and head to one of the public fossicking areas at Ross or Goldsborough where you’ll be watched by cheeky wekas.

Lake Mahinapua

Tranquil Lake Mahinapua is set just 10km south of Hokitika on the West Coast of the Southern Alps, New Zealand. It is a scenic reserve and with a roomy DOC campsite and picnic areas. It is a lovely place for a swim and the water is surprisingly warm. Kids love jumping off the jetty into the lake or launching a canoe to explore. Campers says the sight of the sun rising up over the Southern Alps, with its fingers of light touching the lake is something you'll never forget.

Pounamu, NZ Jade

Hokitika on the West Coast of New Zealand is the birthplace of Pounamu, NZ jade. For a small town we struck it rich in the resources stakes. Before the gold rushes Maori were already heading here in search of another precious stone - pounamu. The Arahura River is the birthplace of pounamu which is also known as greenstone or New Zealand jade. Pounamu was prized for its strength, durability and beauty and used for weapons, tools and personal ornaments - it also denoted great status.
Hokitika on the West Coast of New Zealand is the birthplace of Pounamu, NZ jade. For a small town we struck it rich in the resources stakes. Before the gold rushes Maori were already heading here in search of another precious stone - pounamu. The Arahura River is the birthplace of pounamu which is also known as greenstone or New Zealand jade. Pounamu was prized for its strength, durability and beauty and used for weapons, tools and personal ornaments - it also denoted great status.

Driftwood and Sand Beach Art

January

On the Hokitika beach on the West Coast of New Zealand, there is the annual Driftwood and Sand sculpture and beach art event every January. It is a great chance for travellers, locals and artists to be creative using materials found on the Hokitika beach. This grass roots event is run by a group of keen volunteers and receives very little funding and financial support. This event is a great example of Hokitika's vibrant Arts and Craft scene.
On the Hokitika beach on the West Coast of New Zealand, there is the annual Driftwood and Sand sculpture and beach art event every January. It is a great chance for travellers, locals and artists to be creative using materials found on the Hokitika beach. This event is a great example of Hokitika's vibrant Arts and Craft scene.

West Coast Wilderness Trail

New Zealand Cycle Trail Great Ride

The West Coast Wilderness Trail is part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail network of Great Rides. A grade 1 to 2 easy NZ cycle trail, this fabulous cycling adventure guarantees an outstanding landscape ride through dense rainforest, past glacial rivers and lakes and through wetlands, all the way from the snow-capped mountains of the Southern Alps to the ocean.
The West Coast Wilderness Trail is part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail network of Great Rides. A grade 1 to 2 easy NZ cycle trail, this fabulous cycling adventure guarantees an outstanding landscape ride through dense rainforest, past glacial rivers and lakes and through wetlands, all the way from the snow-capped mountains of the Southern Alps to the ocean.

Lake Kaniere

Lake Kaniere at Hokitika, West Coast, New Zealand is 19km from Hokitika. It is a popular spot for picnicking, water skiing, kayaking, fishing, walking and mountain biking. Visit the Hokitika Gorge, Dorothy Falls and Lake Kaniere for a wonderful scenic driving loop. Arguably one of the countries most beautiful lakes, it is located in the Lake Kaniere scenic reserve surrounded on three sides by mountains that are capped in snow during winter.
Lake Kaniere at Hokitika, West Coast, New Zealand is 19km from Hokitika. It is a popular spot for picnicking, water skiing, kayaking, fishing, walking and mountain biking. Visit the Hokitika Gorge, Dorothy Falls and Lake Kaniere for a wonderful scenic driving loop. Arguably one of the countries most beautiful lakes, it is located in the Lake Kaniere scenic reserve surrounded on three sides by mountains that are capped in snow during winter.

Mountain Biking

Blue Spur tracks

Mountain Biking in Hokitika, West Coast New Zealand on the Blue Spur mountain bike tracks. 10 tracks of sweet mountain bike riding just a few kilometres from Hokitika. There's about 17kms of mountain biking, mostly grade 3 to 5 suiting intermediate and advanced riders. They get better every time you ride them. The mountain bike tracks are in the Blue Spur area and include the Gravel Pit, Stags Drop, The Cutting, Slow Girls and the Tunnel Track.
Mountain Biking in Hokitika, West Coast New Zealand on the Blue Spur mountain bike tracks. 10 tracks of sweet mountain bike riding just a few kilometres from Hokitika. There's about 17kms of mountain biking, mostly grade 3 to 5 suiting intermediate and advanced riders. They get better every time you ride them. The mountain bike tracks are in the Blue Spur area and include the Gravel Pit, Stags Drop, The Cutting, Slow Girls and the Tunnel Track.
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Guest Reviews

“THE B&B in Hokitika”

Reviewed 30 May 2015 (Donna A, Massachusetts)

2015/05/30
A great B&B begins and ends with great hosts -- Pauline and Hemi are just that!! We thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the Maori culture from Hemi, who brings it to life and gives it depth from a personal perspective. Pauline is warm and welcoming. Our room and bath were very spacious, comfortable, spa-like and restful. Breakfast was delicious. This is a "must stay" if you are in the Hokitika area.

“Lovely time”

Reviewed 14 March 2015 (Stephen K, Massachusetts)

2015/03/14
Hemi and Pauline make you feel right at home in this accommodation. Hemi is a font of good knowledge from places to visit in the area (we followed all his recommendations) to antique cars, of which he has several, to where he is going to build his next house. Our room and Pauline's breakfast were very nice. Hokitika, nearby, has its interesting gold rush past and is worth at least a stroll.

“A Gem”

Reviewed 13 January 2015 (johno5430, Sydney)

2015/01/13
What a find!! This was really one out of the box. A beautiful hideaway, close to Hokitika but in its very own beautiful surroundings. An amazing couple Hemi and Pauline who welcomed us as though we were old friends. A beautiful breakfast with Whitebait fritters included means that we will be back. Hemi is an amazing person who one could listen to for hours on end (which we did), and how Pauline finds time to have a real job is a source of amazement. Thanks for a fantastic experience

“Highly Recommended!”

Reviewed 13 November 2014 (Hillery G, Hawaii)

2014/11/13
My husband and I stayed at this lovely B&B during our 3 week tour of South Island. This is a beautiful home just a short walk from the beach. When we arrived Hemi was busy working on mowing the lawn of their wonderfully maintained gardens. He and his sweet dogs made us feel very welcome. After settling in, we went off to explore the beach. Our room was very comfortable and just perfect for our needs. After we came back from dinner in Hokitika, Hemi gave us an fascinating talk all about Maori history and cosmology. This story telling was a highlight! Next morning after a fine breakfast he showed us his wonderful vintage cars and their greenhouse full of super healthy vegetables. The whole place is sparkling with good energy. Thank you Hemi for a memorable stay!

“Lovely homestead, gardens, dogs and hosts!”

Reviewed 16 January 2014 (Mereyed)

2014/01/16
Our family of 5 stayed only one night at Awatuna Homestead. It is a beautiful place with exquisite gardens. The self contained apartment we stayed in was lovely and comfortable. We had a yummy breakfast in the morning with a great conversation with Hemi who also showed us his vintage Morris 8's. The kids really enjoyed the dogs too. Thank you!
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