Punakaiki Accommodation and Horse Treks
Welcome to Hydrangea Cottages and Punakaiki Horse Treks.
Punakaiki is a subtropical microclimate located between Greymouth and Westport on the South Island’s rugged West Coast. The landscape in this part of New Zealand is unlike anything else you will encounter in this spectacular country. Hydrangea Cottages is the perfect place to stop and enjoy this slice of paradise. We offer secluded, spacious and stylish accommodation in Punakaiki within a stone’s throw of one of New Zealand’s most treasured and spectacular tourist attractions – the Pancake Rocks.
The Pancake Rocks were formed around 3o million years ago when marine creatures and plants landed on the seabed. Over time water pressure caused these fossils to solidify in layers, gradually these layers were pushed above the seabed to form what we now call The Pancake Rocks. The best time to visit this famous attraction is at high tide when the sea water is pushed up through the blowholes.
Take in the panoramic coastal views from the privacy and comfort of your cottage while enjoying your peaceful surroundings of wild hydrangeas, Nikau palms, native bush and huge limestone outcrops. For the more adventurous, we offer guided horse treks through the magnificent Punakaiki Valley and finishing on the Punakaiki beach. If you have a little more time, stay a few days and discover the walking tracks in the Paparoa National Park or explore the rugged Punakaiki beaches.
Each cottage is unique and has been designed by your hosts for your comfort and relaxation. They are privately situated on an elevated terrace overlooking the Tasman sea and surrounded by the Paparoa National Park. We have five cottages available, ranging from a studio suitable for a couple to a 2 bedroom cottage for a family of 6.
Punakaiki and the Pancake Rocks are one stop you don’t want to miss and we look forward to welcoming you on your visit to the wonderful West Coast.