The Hexagon

The Hexagon

West Coast, near Punakaiki

On the West Coast of the South Island, half-way between Westport and Greymouth, you'll find the 'The Hexagon' - a tranquil retreat steeped in a history almost as unusual as its structure.

The Hexagon is right on the coast, at the mouth of the Fox River and just 10 minutes from Punakaiki (the site of the famous 'Pancake Rocks'). It's the perfect place to take time out, rest and soak up the breathtaking coastal scenery of the wild West Coast.

Originally built by an astrologer 30 plus years ago, The Hexagon is a one room, off-grid, rustic hut, in the shape of (as the name suggests) a hexagon. Neglected for many years, this unique little building was recently rediscovered by new owner, Jed Smith, on the 300 acre property he lives on, and lovingly bought back to life.

Native timber planks that line the walls and ceiling give the interior a natural warmth. Hand-made stained glass windows and large french doors offer stunning views of the ocean, coastline and bush surrounds. A simple log burning stove keeps you snug and warm, and solar power gives you light at the flick of a switch.

An outdoor kitchen and bathroom just off the hut, mean you'll cook and bathe 'campstyle'. Enjoy a hot outdoor shower in the brisk morning air or soak for hours under the stars in a fire bath. 

Privacy is guaranteed during your stay, with access to the Hexagon only via foot, a 20 minute walk up a track from the roadside below. Guest's gear is transported by quad bike by your friendly and super-helpful host, Jed.

Jed also has 'Sva's Place' available to rent. Sva's Place' is a little one room hut tucked onto the cliffs overlooking Woodpecker Bay.

The surrounding area is a wonder to explore and a tourist hotspot of activities. Nearby walks, magnificent limestone caves and of course the sensational white sand beach of Woodpecker Bay, mean you'll find plenty to keep you entertained. But... quite seriously, you won't need all that. We can safely say, that once you arrive at the Hexagon, you won't ever want to leave.

FROM $190 p/n

  • Sleeps 4
  • Child Friendly
  • Winter Escape

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Make sure you download or print this handy info sheet with directions and host contact details prior to your journey. You may not have mobile reception at all times.

address

5826 State Highway 6, Fox River

directions

The Hexagon is about 10 minutes drive from Punakaiki (the famous Pancake Rocks), 40 minutes from Westport and 50 minutes from Greymouth.

Please note that access to the Hexagon is by walking track only, your car will be parked at the bottom of your track, and all your luggage and supplies will be transported up the hill by quad motorbike. The walk requires a moderate level of fitness! It takes about 20 minutes and starts with a steep hill climb, then wander along a bush track to the Hexagon. It can be muddy! Especially in the Spring, Winter and Autumn months, so make sure you bring some appropriate footwear and a sense of adventure.

On arrival to the Hexagon Jed with show you all the ins and outs of how everything works. 

The Hexagon

The Hexagon Location

What time is check in and check out?

WHAT ARE THE BED AND BEDDING ARRANGEMENTS?

WHAT ARE THE KITCHEN AND COOKING FACILITIES?

WHAT ARE THE BATHROOM FACILITIES?

WHAT SORT OF HEATING IS THERE?

IS THE HEXAGON CHILD-FRIENDLY?

CAN I BRING MY DOG OR HORSE?

HOW PRIVATE AND REMOTE IS THE CAMPSITE?

WHAT IS THE ACCESS LIKE AND WHERE DO I PARK MY CAR?

CAN I HAVE A CAMPFIRE?

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

ARE THERE ANY SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS?

CAN I BOOK FOR A ONE NIGHT ONLY?

MINIMUM STAY PERIODS

RATES

GUIDED BUSH WALK

GIFT VOUCHERS

1. Booking and payments

2. Cancellation and severe weather warnings

3. Safety and Hazards

4. Pets

5. GST

6. The Holiday – Guest Conditions of occupancy and Conduct

7. Authority to Sign

  • Eating and Drinking

    The Hexagon is self-catering. Just bring your own food and cook meals using the BBQ and facilities provided in your private camp 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 and Charleston are just a 10 minute drive away and both have cafes and restaurants to choose from.

    Supermarkets for food shopping can be found in either Westport (40 minute drive) or Greymouth (60 minute drive).

  • Things To Do

    The Hexagon is a place of pure calm and relaxation. Past guests have mentioned the amazing 'chi' the place seems to have, which makes it perfect for rest and rejuvenation. There, you can relax in the outdoor bath or chill out over a game of cards. Go for a wander and explore the surrounding bush, soak up the views and enjoy the serenity.

    There is a heap to offer in the area for those that want to explore the region. Woodpecker Bay for swimming and walking, is a 10 minute walk to the bottom of the hill and across the road. Underworld Adventures just South of Fox River, in Charleston, has an amazing glowworm cave tour for the adventurous! Punakaiki is an 8 minute drive away to the famous 'Pancake Rocks'. For keen walkers, the Fox River walk and Pororari River walk are both 'must dos'.

    The Fox River markets run every Sunday for most of the year, and are definitely worth visiting for the fabulous local foods, crafts and products.

  • Your Host

    Jed Smith was born on 'Katajuta', the commune at Fox River, and has lived in and around the area for his most of his life. Open and friendly with some brilliant stories to tell, Jed is often one of the many things that guests tell us they enjoyed most about their stay at The Hexagon.

    Jed's parents Ross and Mary were one of the three founding couples who purchased the 150 hectare property in 1971. Their vision to create a place for like-minded people who wanted a different path. Forty plus years later, the commune now operates more as a community, with a collection of true West Coast dreamers and thinkers, dotted in their cottages across the property.

    Jed recently made the move back to Fox River from Westport, and rediscovered the abandoned and run down Hexagon. He remembered it well, and set about bringing it back to life. The finished product is a delight, a quirky, warm and restful building - with a character uniquely its own.
    A little bit like Jed really.