BIV Punakaiki

BIV Punakaiki

Punakaiki, West Coast

BIV Punakaiki is located on the West Coast, along the famous Great Coastal Highway, just a four-minute drive from Punakaiki. It's approximately halfway between Greymouth and Westport.

Tucked into 1600sqm of native New Zealand forest, this architecturally designed cabin is the winner of multiple architectural awards - and a luxurious hidden gem like no other.

Designed for ultimate rest and relaxation, Biv Punakaiki is the ideal place to reflect, unwind and detach from the world. Set under the looming Karst Cliffs and surrounded by native Nikau palms, it's a place immersed in nature. Lounge in the cosy living space in front of the fire, or gaze directly into the forest as you soak in the large bathtub. The large windows and skylights keep you constantly connected to the bush during the day and to the stars at night. 

You're only a five-minute walk to the hidden beauty of Truman Beach, a five-minute drive to the famous Pancake Rocks, and a short hop from the spectacular Pororari River Walk.

FROM $395 p/n

Flat rate for up to 4 people per night

  • Sleeps 4
            Children welcome
      Children welcome

A $50 Single Night Surcharge applies on top of the nightly rate when booking a single night. You will need to add this charge during the booking process. The calendar below will specify where one-night bookings are allowed.

BIV Punakaiki is situated on the West Coast, near State Highway 6 and a four-minute drive from Punakaiki (Pancake Rocks). It's approximately halfway between Greymouth and Westport.

The exact address for BIV Punakaiki, along with arrival instructions will be supplied in a pre-arrival email 5 days prior to your stay.

Note: If you have booked within 5 days and haven't received a pre-arrival email shortly after booking, please email us at [email protected].

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  • eating and drinking

    BIV Punakaiki is self-catering. Just bring your own food and drink, and cook meals using the dual induction cooktop and microwave provided in your kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you want a break from cooking at any stage, Punakaiki is just an 5-minute drive away. There are delicious options at Pancake Rocks Cafe for breakfast and The Punakaiki Tavern for dinner.

    Supermarkets for food shopping can be found in either Westport (45-minute drive north) or Greymouth (45-minute drive south), so best to stock up before you arrive.

  • things to do

    This beautiful architecturally designed escape is the spot to unwind and chill out. With large windows to the forest view, you feel immersed in nature whilst still having all the comforts of a home at hand. 

    If you are looking for something to do - you'll find it. Only 5 minutes away is Pancake Rocks. Take in the natural wonder of the rocks and walk a short loop track. The Pororari River Walk is highly recommended - a track that is also suitable for mountain biking. There is also kayaking, surfing and fossicking available in the area.

    Looking for a beach to watch the stunning West Coast sunset? The stunning Truman Beach is a 5-minute walk from BIV Punakaiki.

  • your hosts

    Your hosts at BIV Punakaiki are Mark and Andrew.

    Mark and Andrew are brothers and spent most family holidays camping and kayaking along the West Coast. Their father grew up in the area, so it has always had a special place in the family's heart. All grown up, Mark and Andrew decided it was time to reconnect with the beautiful coast. Building the cabin was a more tangible way to remember the past while also creating future memories. Mark is an architect who put a lot of work into the design of the cabin.

    The name 'BIV' is short for bivouac. The cabin was inspired by the rustic backcountry miner’s huts from the 19th Century gold rushes. The simple lines of the cabin's pitched black roof, lone chimney, tin cladding and dark brooding theme are reminiscent of these times. Mark and Andrew describe the cabin as being an old miner’s oilskin jacket and hat. Like a miner, sitting in the rain with his billy over a fire...sitting quietly in the trees.

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