Accommodation New Zealand, A Hidden Gem.

When suggesting accommodation possibilities for our self drive customers touring New Zealand, we like to surprise with the suggestion of a favorite hidden-gem. In this blog we feature an example of a charming B&B, located at Hokitika on the stunning South Island West Coast. It's called Awatuna Homestead and it's special holiday place because it brings together a unique combination of attractions.
Accommodation - One of our hidden B&B gems.

What are the unique attractions of Awatuna B&B?

The friendly hosts Lynley and Paul, who make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive. Then there's ...


The magical native gardens, a beautiful and peaceful haven.


The secluded location, just 7 minutes from a stunning West Coast beach.


The charming rooms, each with their own elegant character, featuring French doors that open onto a veranda with beautiful garden views.


The superb breakfast menu choices, supplemented by produce from their own vegetable gardens

And so much more.


The nearby town of Hokitika occupies a spectacular location in the heart of New Zealand’s famous West Coast. This region has a long and fascinating history as an ancient source of pounamu (greenstone) for Maori and as the site of a major nineteenth century gold rush. Today, it's famous for its art galleries and craft studios, its spectacular hiking trails through lush native rain forest, its pristine lakes and wild beaches and its warm West Coast hospitality.


The nearby Hokitika Gorge, a "must see"

The Hokitika Gorge

The Hokitika Gorge Walk is an easy gradient and only 15mins each way from the main road, descending through attractive podacarp/hardwood forest.

The first lookout gives you views of the gorge and of Kowhitirangi farmland, then the track leads you to a swing-bridge which crosses the Hokitika Gorge and over the magnificent green/blue waters of the Hokitika River.

Turn left when you get to the end of the swing-bridge and walk 25 yards through the bush where the track will lead you out to another lookout, upstream of the bridge, giving breathtaking views of the gorge.

You can visit Hokitika on many of our New Zealand Vacations itineraries. Like this favorite, the 14 Day 'Great New Zealand Self-Drive'

Lindsay Barron

Lindsay Barron • Mar 19, 2017