Gentle Annie Seaside Accommodation and Camping Ground

Gentle Annie is an ideal location to get off the beaten track and experience the West Coast’s Subtropical Paradise.

Bordered by the Tasman Sea, the mighty Mokihinui River, and Nikau-fringed native bush, our tranquil seaside accommodation Gentle Annie provides a comfortable place to relax and enjoy time away and a great base to explore our natural surroundings.

We have four secluded self-contained holiday homes and a backpacker-style lodge. Each house is private and clean with a comfortable balance

between rustic and modern interiors. Also available is traditional New Zealand seaside camping set in sheltered sites either along the river or beside the sea.

Gentle Annie lies near many places of interest. Day trips North will get you to the magnificent Oparara Limestone Arches, the Kahurangi National Park, and the Heaphy Track. Head inland to the Chasm Creek, Charming Creek and the Old Ghost Road walkways and mountain biking tracks, or South to the Denniston Plateau, Cape Foulwind Seal Colony and the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks.

Fish in the river or on the Coast, kayak, walk or bike around the property, and enjoy sensational food at the Cowshed Cafe. In every season, enjoy good quality time out at Gentle Annie, your home away from home.

Cowshed Cafe

Centrally located at Gentle-Annie is New Zealand’s only restaurant in a once operating cowshed. Situated facing the sea, surrounded by gardens and grassy play areas,  eating is enjoyed either outdoors or indoors in a lovingly restored shed with local timbers and fish pond set amongst ferns. The Cowshed is an ideal venue for functions such as weddings, conventions and family reunions. Open seasonally and functions can be arranged for anytime of the year. Hours vary. Fresh, wholesome and delicious drinks, snacks and meals. All food prepared with care in our kitchen. Fresh baking smells intermingle with driftwood smoke to warm the senses and encourage lingering awhile. Enjoy our friendly service, local knowledge and relax.

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 with a large open-plan style living room. A large deck puts you amongst the surrounding native virgin forest and offers spectacular views of the Tasman Sea, which is a stones throw away. Sleeps 1-9 people.

Cabbage Tree Cottage

A two story “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.

Sleeps 1-6 people.

Beach Cabin

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

Sleeps 1-8 people.

Riverview Home

The Riverview Home is on an elevated site overlooking the Mokihinui River, estuary and Tasman Sea, 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 ads to the atmosphere. The beach and river can be reached by foot within 5 minutes. Sleeps 1-10 people.

Rata Lodge

The Rata Lodge is situated on an elevated site overlooking the tidal estuary and river meeting the Tasman Sea. The decks off each bedroom offer a great site to watch the famous West Coast Sunsets and twilight’s. The spacious, equipped, shared kitchen and dinning room with stone open fireplace, face a backdrop of native forest clad hillside. This pleasant retreat is ideal for individuals, families and larger groups. Sleeps 1-27 people.

Elsie the Caravan

Elsie is a beautifully restored 1938 Vintage Tanner Caravan. Made in New Zealand 80 years ago! She is parked up near the Cowshed Cafe and camping ground facilities on her own private lawn, and has a very comfortable double bed, as well as all original power points, switches, latches and many other furnishings. She is connected to power, and has lights.

Sleeps 1-2 people.

The Cheeky Weka Cabin

The “Cheeky Weka” Cabin is a beautiful bedroom located in the camping ground a few hundred meters 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 un-powered. Battery-powered lanterns provide light. Cheeky Weka Cabin guests share a basic kitchen, bathroom and toilet facilities with the camping ground and Tree-house 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.

Sleeps 1-2 people.

Camping Ground

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 beach. Dogs are welcome to stay in the camping ground. No bookings are required to stay in the camping ground.


Bookings are essential during Summer Season Nov- March 

Contact The Team At Greymouth i-SITE


Phone: 0800 GREYMOUTH

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