The NiII atom in the title compound, [Ni(C2F 3O2)2-(C6H7NO) 2], is located on an inversion centre and is in an irregular coordination environment. Two trifluoroacetate ions and two pyridin-2-ylmethanol molecules coordinate to the NiII atom. The pyridin-2-ylmethanol ligand coordinates via its pyridyl N atom and its methanol O atom, resulting in a five-membered chelate ring. The ring is puckered in an envelope conformation, with the methanol O atom as flap. The trifluoroacetate ions coordinate via one O atom only. The second O atom accepts a strong hydrogen bond from the methanol hydroxy group. 2004 International Union of Crystallography Printed in Great Britain - all rights reserved.