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 rustic 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.