'Island style' Beachside Accommodation on South Island's West Coast, NZ

Overlooking the popular surf break at Tauranga Bay, The Bay House is in a unique coastal location giving all who come here a sense of escape to somewhere close to paradise. Formerly the local surf club and a cafe, The Bay House has evolved into exclusive 'island style'  B&B accommodation boasting luxury beachfront studios and stylish garden suites in an idyllic and peaceful setting, 20 metres from the ocean's edge.

Tauranga Bay, Maori for 'sheltered anchorage', is 16kms south of Westport and 57kms north of Punakaiki on the West Coast of South Island. We're situated just off the main tourist route SH6, halfway between Abel Tasman National Park and Glacier Country (3.5 to 4 hours drive time either direction) or approx. 4 hours from Christchurch via the Lewis or Arthur's Pass.  

Our unique seaside location is a just a stone throw from the Tasman Sea and 1 km from the Fur Seal Colony. Step out of your beach studio or garden suite, walk just 20 to 50 metres and you are on the beach. There are rock pools to fossick or bathe in, soft golden sands to stretch out on, amazing surf to play in (lessons available) and short strolls or long walks all around.

Choose to do it all… or as little as possible, and at the end of the day be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the ocean and chatter of penguins. Stay for a few days (one is never enough!) and simply relax and unwind in our little corner of Eden.  

Surf break and Wall Island, Tauranga Bay, West Coast

Tauranga Bay surf break & island view

Watch the surf breaking in the bay from one of our luxury Beachfront Studios

Just had a fabulous 2 night stay at The Bay House in the beachfront unit. Wow, state of the art new units, self contained, with every comfort needed. Amazing views across Tauranga Bay to Wall Island, breaking surf rolling past our unit only 50 metres away, the views full on from inside the unit and on our balcony. Lulled to sleep at night by the sea, and the gentle chatter of penguins. The hosts, Doc and Sandra, who formerly ran the Bay House café here, put on a gourmet breakfast spread of fresh fruit, yogurt, muesli, eggs, spinach and fresh NZ salmon on home baked toast. We ate on the terrace overlooking the stunning view of the bay, enjoying their espresso coffee. It was a great base for our day trip south to Punakaiki and the Paparoa National Park, not to mention a short walk down the beach to the seal colony. Sandra and Doc are warm, friendly and generous hosts, welcoming from beginning to end, full of helpful travel suggestions, and ready to provide whatever we needed.

Elizabeth & John, Australia  Dec 2018 (Air B&B)  

luxury Beachside Studio private deck West Coast accommodation New Zealand

View from luxury Beachfront Studio #1's private deck

Uninterrupted bay views: breaking surf and Wall Island in distance.

Beautiful, modern suite right on the ocean. My husband and I loved our stay at The Bay House. We made a last-minute booking on our way from Franz Josef to Abel Tasman. We awoke to stunning views of the ocean and had an enormous gourmet breakfast. Accommodations were modern and well-styled (no expenses spared), and the hosts were warm and welcoming. Wish we could have stayed longer. A highlight of our trip to NZ!

Margo, USA Feb 2019 (Booking.com)

Beachside Studio accommodation West Coast New Zealand

Garden Suite bedroom

Garden Suite 4 bedroom 

We had a wow experience at Sandra and Doc’s. The location is perfect after a long scenic drive to arrive at the tip of the cape overseeing the beach. The view and the modern decor of this newly built small cabin gave us an ideal place to enjoy the sunset moment all by ourselves. The cabin is so meticulously designed for the comfort of the guests that it even has an motion detected heated mirror, amongst many other details.

To top it all, the hosts are the champ of our stay. Sandra n Doc are such an interesting couple with much experience in hospitality from their previous career. Most importantly, they are passionate about their work and fully engaging in making sure our stay is the best one. We feel like staying in a friend's home rather than in an Airbnb. All-in-all, I will rank this stay with Sandra and Doc as the high point of our two-week touring around New Zealand and last but not least, it is certainly super value for money!! During our two weeks in NZ, we have stayed in some most expensive lodges but this one topped.

Emily & Kaven, Hong Kong, Feb 2019 (Air B&B)

View from breakfast room inside The Bay House Westcoast NZ

'Barefoot luxury' - Beachfront Studio #2

Relax and watch the waves roll in.

Great location, fantastic hosts, great food, went the extra mile to make us feel welcome, looking forward to our next visit.

William & Susan, Christchurch NZ, Sep 2019 (Expedia)

So beautiful, rooms are clean and stylish. Staff were so welcoming and friendly. Would come back again any day. Will miss it.

Christian, Australia Feb 2019, (Booking.com)