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West Coast Scenic Waterways

Hokitika, New Zealand
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About West Coast Scenic Waterways
We are located just 4 kms south of Hokitika on the State Highway 6. Drive straight past Adair road on your left heading south and we are the first left turn after you cross the Mahinapua Creek with the Historic Railway Bridge located on your left. Enjoy freedom kayaking or a cruise aboard the Eco Adventurer. Capture the picturesque beauty of the Mahinapua waterways along the original route used by pioneers,gold diggers and early explorers. Experience majestic views of Aoraki/Mt.Cook and the Southern Alps and outstanding West Coast wetlands flora, fauna and native rain forest. Come and see the rare and graceful White Heron and Australasian Bittern.
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Nessa_Williams wrote a review Feb 2021
Sydney, Australia7 contributions
We did the kayaking when we were in Hokitika and it was such a fun half day out - Gavin met us and was a lovely chap - both him and Cindy were so helpful for us finding the place and giving us all the information needed. We set off on a self-guided tour for a few hours and it was a stunning experience. Would highly recommend to anyone in the area!
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Keiron wrote a review Feb 2021
Kinloch, New Zealand63 contributions45 helpful votes
7 of us stayed here for 2 nights while cycling the Wilderness Trail trail and if I could give this place a higher rating than “excellent “ I would! From the moment we arrived, we were greeted by the loveliest hosts and made to feel so welcome. Sitting outside after cycling all day, we were given cool drinks while waiting for our waterways cruise at 5pm. A very interesting and informative cruise for 2hrs looking at the wildlife, trees and plants while hearing about them and the history from our skipper Bevan, and enjoying a glass of wine along the way. We all really enjoyed the experience. Back to our accommodation where we had an outstanding home-cooked meal that was absolutely delicious. Our rooms were spacious with comfortable beds. The next day we cycled again and upon arriving back to our accommodation that afternoon we again were greeted with smiling faces, refreshing drinks and an amazing meal. I can’t recommend this place highly enough. We will be back!
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Clara C wrote a review Feb 2021
Wellington, New Zealand33 contributions4 helpful votes
What to say about West Coast Scenic Waterways? Everything about it was wonderful. The accomodation and bed were super comfortable; the hot tub sooo very enjoyable after a bike ride in the rain; the view from the room was very pretty looking into a field of yellow flowers; the family pets (specially Long Tail the cat) were super friendly; and the food (dinner, breakfast, packed lunch) was AMAZING! Cindy and Gavin made us feel at home, chatting, giving us some company, and even offering a drier to dry our soaking wet clothes for the next day. We will be coming back for sure!
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Vicki O wrote a review Feb 2021
7 contributions6 helpful votes
What a way to see parts of the West Coast that you won't see from the road. Hop on the very stable time cruise craft and we are taken on a journey back in time. Stories of the Gold Rush, natural uses for flax, rāupo, whitebait, birdlife are brought to life by our skipper, Kevin. The views along this natural waterway are beautiful then coming out to Lake Māhinapua. Well, that you are going to have to come and join this trip to see for yourself. Fabulous evening out on the Sunset cruise, good cuppa and great yarns, we thank Kevin for his knowledge and passion. We thank Gavin and Cindy for keeping this experience alive.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Murray wrote a review Jan 2021
Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
We stayed at WC Scenic Waterways while doing the Wilderness Trail in Jan 2021. Cindy and Gavin understand and deliver top end customer service. After one of Cindy's dinners, plus breakfast and the take away lunch the following day you will want to come back for another night. I have no problem recommending you just book two nights up front, you wont be disappointed. Make sure you also take the boat trip with Gavin - I learnt a lot and was so pleased we made the effort. This place is a hidden gem.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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