9 Stafford Road, Awatuna, Hokitika, New Zealand - Phone +64 3 755 6834

The Experience

On the New Zealand West Coast of the South Island's Southern Alps, (which was named by early Pacific Polynesian navigators as Te Tai o Poutini) Awatuna Homestead offers you so much more than just an elegant accommodation. It is really an escape to a world where you can relax amidst a peaceful setting yet enjoy a touch of luxury and homely elegance.

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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