Nestled in the peninsula overlooking the popular surf break at Tauranga Bay, Cape Foulwind, The Bay House is in a unique and enviable coastal location giving all who come here a sense of escape to somewhere close to paradise.
Set midway between Abel Tasman National Park and the Glaciers on the West Coast, our 'barefoot luxury' individual studios and suites are ideal for that deserved break on your South Island tour or for a few days luxury getaway by the coast. Tauranga Bay (home to one of NZ's most accessible fur seal colonies) is located 16kms south of Westport and 56kms north of Punakaiki, and only 12kms from the main South Island coastal tourist drive route aptly named 'The Great Coast Road', noted to be one of the most spectacular coastal drives on the planet!
Formerly the local surf club and cafe, the Bay House has evolved into a unique 'island style' retreat ideal for couples searching for tranquility and a touch of 'barefoot luxury' on the wild West Coast of the South Island. Our 'child free' accommodation, completed in January 2019, comprises 2 x 'high spec' luxury beachfront studios and 2 x one bedroom garden suites, all sensitively blending into their natural West Coast environment. In essence the studios design reflects its coastal surrounds. The contemporary coastal decor creates a sense of quiet understated luxury which complements and also highlights the spectacular views. Natural interior textures include timber floorings (Studios 1 & 2) and 100% wool carpets in all bedrooms, NZ Made bamboo pendant lighting by Kiwi designer David Trubridge, timber kitchen bench tops & granite stone sinks, Italian natural stone bathroom tiles & bespoke native timber vanities - all of which contribute to the feeling of quality 'barefoot luxury'.
Elevated and only 15 metres from the oceans edge, The Bay House enjoys commanding views of the popular Tauranga Bay surf break and Wall Island to the north and just 100 metres to the south side of the peninsula is Penguin Bay and Nine Mile beach. Step out of your beach studio or garden suite, walk just 15 to 40 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), the Kawatiri Coastal Trail for walking and biking and short strolls or long walks all around including the Fur Seal Colony and Cape Foulwind Walkway.
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 couple of nights (one is never enough!) and simply relax and unwind in our little corner of Eden.