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1 bedroom
3 guests
1 bedroom

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A beachfront studio unit sleeping 3 on the same large rural beachfront property as Penguins Retreat and Whitebait Cottage.
We do not live on the property so this place suits independent travellers who have a car, wanting to spend time on a west coast beach.
Only 3 minutes drive to Hokitika township.

The space

Absolute beachfront semi-detached studio unit has beach views from every room.
It is only 3 kms from Hokitika township and in a central position for day trips to Punakaiki Pancake Rocks, Lakes, Hokitika Gorge, Tree Top Walkway, Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Hokitika is the jade capital of NZ so there are jade shops along with nice cafes in town.
It sleeps three in a queen bed and a single bed. Ideal for couples as the bed/lounge is in one.
There is an outdoor bath, lots of firewood on the beach to make an outdoor fire, abundant birdlife, including penguins that nest right by your outdoor seating area.

Guest access

The laundry is shared with guests from Penguins Retreat and Whitebait Cottage.

Interaction with guests

As we do not live on the same property, we do not interact with guests unless they are there when we are servicing other accommodation, however we live close by so are available by phone.

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check-in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM

There is a lot of information in the booklet on the table.
We expect guests to wash dry and put their dishes away and to leave the house tidy.
We clean and prepare the house for new guests arriving.


39 Reviews

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Graham User Profile
October 2016
The accommodation was everything that Ray and Colleen advertised. Secluded, and right on the beach. We had everything that we needed for a very successful stay. Including washing and drying facilities, much needed on a road trip! Some quirky items in the house, one being an old range, which we lit. Firewood and coal were left out for us. Full kitchen facilities, which we used to "home cook" supper. All in all a very successful stay. Thank you Colleen and Ray.

Iona User Profile
February 2016
Great experience at Oceanside. The kitchen is large and the outside area is great. Well located and clean.

Rob User Profile
March 2015
Really enjoyed our stay here because it is a great location right on the beach and it is a comfortable although basic accomodation. So nice being able to sit and eat on the beachfront or light your own fire and enjoy the view or sunset. Similarly where can you run a bath and sit outside and enjoy it! Comfortable bed and loads of space. Co located with 2 other accommodations but privacy ensured without problem. A bit worried about access and connecting up with hosts on arrival but left ready to access for us no problem. A bit out of town and you really need your own transport. We walked/ cycled mostly or used taxi which on reflection is a bit inconvenient compared to having a car. Buses do run but getting them to stop other than in town (5km away) seems unreliable. (We ended up hitching to Greymouth after leaving because school bus run didn't stop for us and Intercity is only once a day. ) People don't seem to know the location and it is off the main road without signage which accounts for its privacy but a little hard to locate initially. Overall a very pleasant stay and thanks for having us there.

Holly User Profile
December 2014
'Oceanside Retreat' is no lie - this is a piece of seaside paradise found, made all the more magical by attentive and wonderful hosting from Colleen and Ray. We spent three nights here, had both sunshine and rain, and one of the most memorable experiences of our travels together. The cottage has everything you need. Colleen and I kept in touch, great communication and easy arranging. No wifi, but we loved disconnecting and focusing on the sea. Stop at a town either side of Kumara Junction and buy groceries to bring with you so you can take advantage of cooking up at home and enjoying some NZ wine. Do light a bonfire in the fire pit on a clear night, do take hot baths outside, under the stars, with the sound of the ocean all around you, and enjoy the breeze on your face. This place is 100% magical. Colleen and Ray have thought of and provided everything to make people's stay feel like a real escape. When you leave the cottage, do explore Hokitika, and make the drive to Hokitika Gorge - the colour of the water needs to be seen to be believed. Do visit Heritage Jade on Revell Street if you're interested in quality pounamu. Go beach combing, drive north up to Punakaiki and don't miss the chance to eat lunch and have a cold beer at the Beach Hut on the highway, you can't miss it. Thanks Colleen, and Ray. We had the loveliest, most wonderful time.

Jenny User Profile
February 2014
What an amazing place! A bath on the beach under the stars next to a roaring camp fire with the sounds of the crashing waves... Waking up to see the sea from the bed... Comfortable bed, lovely bathroom, whole experience a delight. Highly recommended!

Victoria User Profile
November 2017
Colleen/Ray's place was the perfect stop on our trip north. The beach is right out the window, it doesn't get much better than that! This was nice and quite and a quick drive into hokitika. We had great pizza at Fat PiPi pizza.

Brian User Profile
May 2017
Great place for a getaway, close to town via car, fantastic spot for exploring the beach and river or just as a stop over up the westcoast, highly recommend

Arahura Valley, New ZealandJoined in February 2013
Colleen  Or  Ray User Profile
Welcome to the West Coast! We have three cottages listed so if one is not available make sure you take a look at the others ! We make stone mats from the flat stones that wash up on the beach. Come and see us at our stone mat factory
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