Gentle Annie, Mokihinui # 1239

Gentle Annie, Mokihinui # 1239

Aotearoa as it used to be – lush, unspoilt and natural. 50 kilometres north of Westport on the doorstep of the Kahurangi National Park, Gentle Annie is a coastal enclave with its own warm frost-free microclimate. Bounded by the Tasman Sea, the mighty Mokihinui River and Nikau-fringed native bush, it is an excellent place to set up base and be rejuvenated and recharged.

Gentle Annie is only 10km from the world class Old Ghost Road mountain biking and walking track and within an hour of many scenic attractions of the Northern Buller Region – north to Kahurangi National Park, the Heaphy Track, and the Oparara Valley with it’s Limestone Arches and Honeycomb Caves; and south to Charming Creek Walkway, Denniston Plateau, Cape Foulwind Seal Colony and the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks.

The region maintains much of its eccentricity and wilderness, offering an opportunity to get close to nature. If you’re a mountain biker, botanist, geologist, artist, beachcomber, fisherman, kayaker, cyclist, tramper and/or adventurer at heart, Gentle Annie is a natural destination for you.

Pet Rules:

  • For our self-contained holiday homes, pets are welcome inside - but must bring their own beds and kept off the furniture. There is a one-off charge of $20 for a pet to stay inside of a holiday home. 
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed inside of the Treehouse or Cheeky Weka Cabin (ie they are outside only). 
  • Dogs are fully welcome in the camping ground, as long as they are cleaned up after, kept with their owners, and the native birdlife is protected. 

We have a wide range of accommodation options available:


Rata Lodge

The Rata Lodge is situated on an elevated site overlooking the tidal estuary and river meeting the Tasman Sea. The decks off of each bedroom offers a great site to watch the famous West Coast sunsets and twilights. The spacious, equipped, open-plan kitchen, living and dining room with wood-burning fireplace, face a backdrop of native forest clad hillside. 

Beds: 3 Rooms. 3 Queen and 3 Single handcrafted bunk-style with foam mattresses over slats in each room.
Linen: Pillows, mattress protectors, duvets and duvet covers provided. Linen hire available at $20/bed/stay for sheets, towels and pillowcases, or you can bring your own. 
Kitchen: Gas hobs, oven, microwave, fridge/freezers, toasters, electric jugs, pots, cutlery and crockery, and a washing machine.

Lounge: Television with DVD player 

Availability: All Year round.
Bathroom: 2 bathrooms with showers and toilets


Riverview Home

The Riverview Home is on an elevated natural site overlooking the Mokihinui River and Buller Bay coastline with a picturesque backdrop of subtropical native forest. The house offers a well equipped kitchen with a large central living area, comfortably furnished. An open fireplace adds to the warm atmosphere. The beach and river can be reached by foot within five minutes. When used in conjunction with the nearby Rata Lodge it is an ideal venue for group gatherings such as family occasions, corporate retreats, weddings etc.

Beds: 4 Bedrooms, 2 Queens, 4 Singles, 1 Queen fold out sofa.
Linen: Duvets, pillows and some blankets are supplied. Sheets, towels and pillowcases can be hired at $20/bed/stay.
Kitchen: Fridge/freezer, electric stove top/oven, microwave, toaster, electric jug, coffee plunger, pots, cutlery and crockery
Bathrooms: 1 bathroom with shower and toilet; 1 seperate shower; 1 seperate toilet.
Availability: All year round.

Cabbage Tree Cottage (Sleeps 2–6)

Cabbage Tree Cottage

A two storey ‘woodsy’ beachfront home on an elevated site from which views of the Coast, Nikau and Rata forest can be enjoyed in the open plan living/kitchen area. The balcony puts you right amongst the natural scenery as does the courtyard with its open fire place for outdoor leisure.

Beds: 2 bedrooms, each with a Queen bed, 1 Queen fold out sofa.
Linen: Pillows and quilts are supplied. Sheets, towels, and pillowcases can be hired for $20/bed/stay.
Kitchen: 2 fridge/freezers, gas hobs, oven, microwave, toaster, electric jug, pots, cutlery and crockery.
Bathroom: One bathroom with seperate toilet and shower.
Availability: All Year round.


Beach Cabin

The Beach Cabin, nestled below the subtropical forest, has a view of the sea with only a minutes walk to the beach. Its private, sheltered location makes it a great place to relax and get away from it all. The open plan lounge/kitchen/dining is comfortably furnished and well equipped.

Beds: 3 bedrooms, 2 doubles and 1 set of single bunk beds, 1 double fold out sofa.
Linen: Pillows and duvets supplied. Sheets, towels, and pillowcases can be hired at $20/bed/stay.
Kitchen: 2 fridge/freezers, electric stove top/oven, microwave, toaster, electric jug, pots, cutlery and crockery.
Bathroom: 1 bathroom with shower and toilet.
Availability: All Year round.

Rimu House (Sleeps 1–9)

Rimu House

The Rimu House, named after the beautiful wood it is made of, is a very comfortable home with a view. A fully equipped kitchen, and open plan style living room opens out onto a large deck putting you amongst the surrounding native virgin forest and offers spectacular views of the Tasman Sea, which is a stones throw away. A perfect spot to watch the local Hector dolphins which are often seen playing in the waves.

Beds: 4 bedrooms, 3 queens, 3 singles (one of the queen bedrooms is in a loft-space, accessed through one of the bathrooms)
Linen: Duvets, pillows and some blankets are supplied. Sheets, towels and pillowcases can be hired for $20/bed/stay.
Kitchen: Fridge/freezer, gas hobs, oven, microwave, toaster, electric jug, coffee plunger, pots, cutlery and crockery
Bathroom: 1 bathroom with bath, shower and toilet; 1 seperate toilet; 1 seperate shower. 
Availability: All year round.


The Treehouse

A two-bedroom unit situated upstairs in a building in the camping ground next door to the Cowshed, nearby to all facilities that are shared with the campers (toilets, hot showers, small kitchen, “The Cowshed” lounge area with free WiFi, lawns and gardens). Both bedrooms have beautiful views of the beach, the Mokihinui river mouth, the camping ground and gardens, and New Zealand Native Bush.

Beds: 2 bedrooms, 1 bedroom with one Queen bed, the other with two Single beds
Linen: There are duvets and pillows on the beds. Sheets, towels and pillowcases can be hired for $20/bed/stay.
Kitchen: Shared with Campers – Please note it is a small simple kitchen, toaster, jug, microwave, fridge and freezer space and small cooker. No oven. It can help to bring your own chilly bin.
Bathroom: Two gas hot water showers. 4 toilets. Shared with campers.
Availability: Year-round


The Cheeky Weka Cabin

The “Cheeky Weka” Cabin is a beautiful bedroom located in the camping ground a few hundred metres away from the Beach. The bedroom features a handmade queen bed, and a breakfast bar to enjoy your morning coffee. Please note the bedroom is unpowered. Battery-powered lanterns provide light. Cheeky Weka Cabin guests share a simple kitchen, bathroom and toilet facilities with the camping ground guests.

The Cowshed lounge building, which is open day and night, and has free WiFi inside, also has power sockets for you to charge small appliances.

Beds: 1 Queen
Linen: There is a duvet and pillows on the bed. Sheets, towels and pillowcases can be hired for $20/bed/stay.
Kitchen: Shared with Campers – Please note it is a basic small kitchen, toaster, jug, microwave, fridge and freezer space and small cooker. No oven. Bringing your own chilly bin along can be helpful.
Bathroom: Shared with Campers
Availability: All Year round.

Camping Ground

Gentle Annie Seaside Accommodation and Camping Ground, Mokihinui, West Coast, New Zealand

Gentle Annie has a beautiful camping ground at the mouth of the Mokihinui River. Sheltered and private camping sites are set amongst landscaped gardens, all within a couple minutes walk to the river and beach. Dogs are welcome, as long as they are kept with their owners at all times, are cleaned up after, and you are aware that there is roaming native birdlife to protect.


Please sign in and pick up your dash ticket at the Cowshed building. You will need your name or booking number to do this. 

Bookings Essential for December, January, February, all Statuatory Holiday weekends and School Holiday Periods.

Bookings Preferred for all other months. 

Please note: We no longer requiring vaccine passes for our bookings.

UNPOWERED sites are unallocated, and when you make a booking, you are not booking a particular spot. Sites are first in, first served. You are more than welcome to arrive whenever you like, and extend your stay while you are here by talking to someone at the Cowshed (guest numbers and space dependent).

We also have 24 powered sites available.

POWERED sites are numbered, and when you make a booking, you are booking a specific site. Please read the site descriptions in terms of size, and find the most suitable for your set-up.

Powered sites are situated at the northern end of the camping ground overlooking the sea. Drive around the bend at the rivermouth, and turn right into the driveway past the big flax bushes. Find your numbered site and make yourself at home.

Check in is 2pm, and checkout 12pm for the camping ground.


Gentle Annie Hot Tubs

Wood Fired Cedar and Stainless Steel Hot Tubs Available to Hire

A wood fired hot tub can be delivered and set up to your holiday accommodation here at Gentle Annie, or you can have a 2-hr session at the camping ground – Nikau and Flax Hot Tubs.

Special hot tub platforms have been constructed to ensure you get the most out of your private, luxurious, wood fired, hot soak.

Relax and enjoy views to the ocean and beyond, soak up the sunsets, marvel at the night sky, while surrounded by Gentle Annie’s lush nikau bush.

Each hot tub sits 4-6 people. Firewood is supplied onsite.

Your hosts are: Jesse, Jessica, Ithaca-Jane, Beau and Dante-Ella Paley-Atkins

Mobile: 027 418 8587 (For more urgent questions)
Cowshed Cafe: 03 280 8502

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