Hurunui Jacks

Hurunui Jacks

Hokitika

Hurunui Jacks is situated on the West Coast of the South Island, just 12 kilometres from the centre of Hokitika, and metres from the spectacular West Coast Wilderness cycle trail.

Hurunui Jacks is an unforgettable glamping experience. Your luxury canvas tent rests on a private spot on the banks of the Kaniere River, nestled amongst ancient virgin forest. Surrounded by National Park and Conservation land - it's 15 acres of total peace and tranquility - and the perfect couples get-away.

A paradise for wildlife - bush robins, fantails, tuis, bellbirds, and native wood pigeons - flit through the moss covered rimu, matai and totara trees.

The campsite consists of a large and roomy canvas tent, with a wood-burning stove. A rustic, fully covered and enclosed camp kitchen and bathroom is set just a few metres away. Hot water is heated by an old-school, wood-fired chippie. You can either cook on the gas rings - or try camp-style cooking over an open fire.

Enjoy a glass of wine and a soak in an outdoor bath under the stars. Then, tucked up in your comfortable bed, between cotton sheets and under a pure wool duvet, you'll be able to lie back and relax to the sound of the river… Lose yourself in the West Coast wilderness. Enjoy the peace… and the ethereal feeling of being surrounded by ancient bush, in a truly unique landscape.

FROM $225 p/n

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693 Lake Kaniere Rd, Hokitika 7881

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Hurunui Jacks is approximately 10 minutes from Hokitika.

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Bring your own food and cook using the gas rings or hotplate over the brazier. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you will need in the camp kitchen.

    The nearest supermarket for supplies is the New World supermarket in Hokitika, approximately 12 kms away (15 minutes drive time). 

    Alternatively, treat yourselves to some of the great local nosh! Fat Pipis Pizza has the best pizza ever and Porky's Takeaways are rumoured to have the best fish and chips on the Coast! The West Coast Wine Company offer drinks and nibbles in a secret garden. They often have live music and a 'bring your own food' policy too. For coffee connoisseurs, the Regent Theatre Cafe does a great cup of coffee, and have a great selection of super tasty home-made pies.

  • Things To Do

    Hurunui Jacks is the perfect place to retreat from the world and completely relax. At the campsite, you can simply enjoy a slower pace with a soak in the outdoor bath or a cup of coffee by the riverside. Feed the very friendly eels (they love a bit of bacon!), or challenge each other to a game of dominoes.

    If you'd like to explore, there's a short bush walk on the property - walk through the stunning moss covered West Coast rainforest. Maureen has mountain bikes for guest use - so you could jump on a bike and do a section of the West Coast Wilderness Trail, which runs right past the property.

    Hurunui Jacks is only 15 minutes from the metropolis of Hokitika. Check out the arty shops and fantastic food the town has to offer. There's nothing like Porky's fish and chips and a fire on the beach to watch the sunset.

    If you want to go further afield, drive up to Lake Kaniere, past the amazing Dorothy Falls, and the stunning Hokitika Gorge.  Call in for a beer at one of the local pubs - The Kokatahi Hotel or The Empire Hotel at Kaniere - and meet some of the eclectic locals.

  • Your Host

    Your host at Hurunui Jacks is Maureen Spencer. 

    Maureen, originally from Yorkshire in the UK, was convinced to move from her home in Christchurch, to the West Coast by her partner John, some years back. 

    John bought Hurunui Jacks, in 2000 and knew that he'd finally 'found his place'. He then set about convincing Maureen that this was the place for her too. Word on the street, is that she was finally wooed by the promise of a chicken coop and her own little flock! 

    While initially a little hesitant, Maureen hasn't looked back - and now wouldn't dream of exchanging life on the West Coast for anything else.

    John and Maureen created the campsite at Hurunui Jacks together. A heap of creative vision and craftsmanship was poured into the campsite over the course of a year or so. In 2014, Hurunui Jacks was one of the first campsites to launch as part of the Canopy Camping Escapes collection.

    John passed away in 2016, and Maureen (and her very friendly little dog, Dennis) have continued to host many grateful guests at this amazing spot by the river. She loves seeing the delight on the faces of her guests when they're escorted to this magical spot in the forest.

     As well as the tent, Maureen also has 'The Nest' - her cosy, comfortable cottage accommodation. Perfect for those that prefer solid walls over canvas!