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West Coast Scenic Waterways

Hokitika, New Zealand
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About West Coast Scenic Waterways
We are an eco-tourism business providing accommodation, wholesome food, eco cruises and freedom kayak hire on one of New Zealand's most highly valued wetlands. We provide bike hire to cycle a spectacular section on the west coast wilderness trail, and hire out our wonderful Hot Tubs. We aim to enrich our clients' appreciation of our natural surroundings, it's unique biodiversity, and provide them a setting to relax, recharge, and restore before returning to their daily pressures of life. We are located 4km south of Hokitika, in the stunning wilderness of the West Coast.
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mammap1975 wrote a review 13 May
Winchester, New Zealand23 contributions53 helpful votes
AMAZING!!!! Everything about this place was amazing from the hosts Gavin and Cindy to the food, the rooms, the boat tour and the hospitality. Highly recommend this place to anyone.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Becky D wrote a review Apr 2022
Auckland, New Zealand34 contributions4 helpful votes
We were on the cycle trail and just when I thought we had a few more k's to go, we turned the corner and there you were. Ready to great us with a refreshing cold drink. I can't tell you how much that meant to us. Dinner was lovely and freshly prepared, and the open bar that we paid when we left was so much appreciated. No water in the waterway so a bottle of very good wine and a soak in the wood fired hot tub was a pleasant substitute. Free range eggs on toast in our room for breakfast was a welcome change from the regular continental of the other hotels. Fresh milk, juice and the Piako yogurt, and fresh fruit. Now I'm gushing but it really was a wonderful stay. Thank you.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Response from wcscenicwaterways, Owner at West Coast Scenic Waterways
Responded 9 Apr 2022
Thank you SO much Becky! So appreciate you taking the time to give feedback and staying with us! Legends! 🤩 Take care....Gavin and Cindy Hopper.
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Barb79b wrote a review Mar 2022
Christchurch, New Zealand32 contributions12 helpful votes
We had a wonderful first night of our West Coast Wilderness Cycle ride at the Scenic Waterways. We were greeted with a lovely cold drink and then shown to our accommodation, which was perfect. The evening meal was delivered to our unit and this was amazing. Our units had breakfast food ready to go, and we were also given a packed lunch for our next day's cycling. We would highly recommend staying here if you are doing the cycle trail.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Response from wcscenicwaterways, Owner at West Coast Scenic Waterways
Responded 9 Apr 2022
Thank you Road Trippers! 😃 So enjoyed having you all stay and appreciate all your constructive feedback....stars! 🤩 Look after yourselves....Gavin and Cindy Hopper.
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Foodie4food wrote a review Mar 2022
221 contributions82 helpful votes
As part of the Hokitika to Greymouth cycle trip we had a night here . We were made to feel welcome for the very first second by our host , shown to our freestanding unit with an adjoining unit which we shared ( two bedrooms and 2 bathrooms ) and shared verandah . All sparkling clean and comfortable and furnished with tasteful old oak and kauri furniture . The deck had teak couch and chairs with views over the new planted native area . We had food all prepared and ready to be heated in our room or on the verandah a special treat was the platter of dips homemade crackers and cheese with in-house baby tomatoes in oil and herbs really enjoyed that with a $25 bottle of red from the range on offer , well stocked reds whites ales and beers . You just chalk up what you’ve had and then settle up before leaving . Dinner was potatoe bake to be heated in the microwave , cold Thai beef salad which was fresh with herbs and very flavourful and carrot and beetroot salad . To finish was a Devine Whittaker’s chocolate mouse . We enjoyed everything and ate on the verandah with local 2 local weka trying to pilfer ( unsuccessfully) our meal even launching themselves to knee height pecking at our plates which we really enjoyed together with a beautiful black cat who snuggled up amongst us cat lovers and slept on various knees of favour . Breakfast likewise was left in our room to self cater and we had muesli home grown eggs bread to toast , yogurt fresh home made peach preserve and bananas . Barista coffee was available from 8am in the shared communal space which due to COVID restrictions on groups mixing was off limit to our group but we weren’t excluded from this . Highly recommend this clean and welcoming stay and in season ( lots of water) there is a waterways boat trip to see the wildlife with a hot tub hire too. The semi open communal space looks to be really nice with a pizza type oven and outdoor dining , with an indoor cosy place with large old school radiator heater, couches, small bar area and lounge and fire it would be great in the winter !
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Response from wcscenicwaterways, Owner at West Coast Scenic Waterways
Responded 27 Mar 2022
Are you looking for a job Michelle? There is a marketing position available here for you! 🤣🤗 Just loved reading about your encounters here with our inhouse wekas and 'long tail' the cat 🐈! Beautifully written 💛 So appreciate you investing your time to give such a detailed account of your experience here....and enticing others to follow....even in winter... legend! Look after yourself....Cindy and Gavin Hopper.
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HellenWOrewa wrote a review Mar 2022
Orewa, New Zealand61 contributions7 helpful votes
Gavin and Cindy offered so much more than we ever expected ‘in the middle of nowhere’. The accommodation (main house) was so comfortable and homely. The meals - oh my, the meals ! The dinner was five star restaurant quality - multiple local producers are used to put the meals together the end result was exquisite. The self help breakfast was hearty and fresh and the well stocked bar fridge (pay as you leave) was so much appreciated…..and enjoyed ! Due to low water levels we did not get to have the sunset boat ride but a wine and a soak in the hot tub more than made up for it.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Response from wcscenicwaterways, Owner at West Coast Scenic Waterways
Responded 26 Mar 2022
Oh Hellen...I don't think you realize how much you have encouraged us! So much work has been put into seeking produce and talent to deliver an authentic food experience, delivering in flavour....what a journey it has been! The experimentation has been fun! From the humble beginnings of being 'begged' to provide a wholesome home-cooked meal to our guests... being told it's way over budget and not viable by the 'finance minister' on-site here 🤣...digging my heels in and claiming "we aim here and the price will follow" 🙈 The journey is not complete, nor ever will be, we've got our sights set on hunting and gathering NZ originals....and have just started to expand our organic gardens to produce our fresh food on-site....what an exciting journey it is....and your appreciation makes it all worth while....thank you 🤗 Take care....Cindy and Gavin Hopper.
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