The SpaceThe Old Slaughterhouse is a self-catering lodge and offers comfortable and affordable accommodation. Our rooms are simple but cosy and made up with linen, pillows, duvets and hot-water bottle (if needed) are provided.
All rooms are surrounded by a large deck from which you can enjoy stunning views and sunsets over the Tasman Sea.
Our facilities include:
•Two double rooms: Comfortable double beds, made up with linen, duvets and pillows.
•One shared room: The shared room contains three fully made up single beds and can also be booked as a twin room
•Shared bathroom facilities (2 showers, 2 toilets)
•Space for tents
•Hammocks for you to snooze and relax
•Large collection of music for you to listen to
Our spacious kitchen is fully equipped, there are two gas hobs and an oven available, lots of pots and pans, crockery, cutlery and of course a fridge but no microwave.
Tea and coffee is available at any time and from time to time there will be some homebaking in the kitchen, which means all you'd need to bring is your own food. Guest AccessA shared kitchen, lounge, dining area and bathrooms . Self catering, guests provide their own meals. Everything is in place for self catering. No microwave. Interaction with GuestsWe live on the premises and will be available for any questions that our guests may have about most things, e.g. the hostel, activities in the surrounding area (bushwalks, swimming, fishing, caving, mountain biking, etc.) The NeighborhoodThe Old Slaughterhouse offers you a choice of either a relaxing retreat or an activity filled visit. There are many kilometres of unspoilt deserted beaches, beautiful rivers and fascinating walks in close proximity, like the Charming Creek Walkway, one of the South Island's top five short walks. If you love the outdoors, explore the numerous mountain bike and walking tracks in this area, such as the Old Ghost Road, or discover the region's mining history by visiting the Denniston Mine.
Or simply sit back and relax to enjoy the tranquility and peace at this unique place, 100 metres above the sea: read a book, listen to music and feel free to do nothing. On many occasions during the summer months you can observe from our verandas Hector's Dolphins surfing and feeding in the water. It's a truly unique experience!
Situated almost halfway between Punakaiki and Karamea, The Old Slaughterhouse is the ideal place to plan your day trips. Spend a day in Punakaiki to explore the iconic Pancake Rocks, and experience the wonders of the West Coast Heritage highway. In Karamea you will find the start of the Heaphy Track, one of New Zealand's famous Great Walks, and the Oparara Basin, both truly magic places to visit – even for a day.
... and then come back and sit back on the veranda to watch a breathtaking sunset. If you enjoy being surrounded by peace and tranquility, uninterrupted views of the sea, bush and sky, beautiful sunsets, birdsong and nature, then you will enjoy your stay at The Old Slaughterhouse traveller's lodge. Getting AroundGetting to The Old Slaughterhouse is easy!
From Westport, take State Highway 67 through Granity, north towards Karamea. Our car park is about 1 km past Hector, on the right hand side.
As the lodge is only accessible by an approx. 10 min. walking track, it is suggested to arrive at the car park at the bottom of the hill before 8 pm to ensure your walk is in good light.
We can transport your luggage by arrangement. Please give us a call when you are about to leave Westport and we will meet you at the carpark.
The nearest supermarket is in Westport, an approximately 25 min. drive away. Other Things to NoteAll our water comes from a spring here on the property and we use a mini-hydro system to generate our electric energy. This limits the use of electric powered utensils and as a result you won't find e.g. microwave ovens, hairdryers or a washing mashine here.
We are cooking with gas, our fully equipped kitchen has two gas hobs and one gas oven and we heat the lodge with driftwood from the beach.
The only power points are in the main logde, where you can recharge your cell phone. It's worth to mention that there is also no WiFi available at the lodge.
The Old Slaughterhouse truly is a place where you can – and should – just switch off and relax.