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1140 Miltown Road, Lake Kaniere 7858 New Zealand
Cowboy Paradise
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Warwick A wrote a review Feb 2024
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Mr Cowboy Paradise is an extremely aggressive abusive person. He swore violently at my wife because we arrived to stay before 3pm, his apparent arrival time (we didn’t know). We were eager to get under cover because rain was setting in. For around 40 minutes he refused to let us into our room, and when he did, he did not turn on the power or heating until 3pm. For the rest of our stay, until we left the next morning, he was aggressively rude to us. We felt unsafe in his presence, particularly my wife. Considering we had to pay $250 to stay there, plus $66 for meals and a beer, we knew we deserved much better service. I would not recommend to anyone that you consider staying there. I had a similar experience when I stayed there with some mates several years ago. He went
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Date of stay: February 2024
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MissTonia wrote a review Feb 2024
Christchurch, New Zealand35 contributions15 helpful votes
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Cowboy Paradise is a unique place that will be fun for some, but offensive for others. I wouldn't call it family friendly but we stayed for one night and had a good time. I think it's important to remember: * it was there before the trail and is not targeted at the average consumer. It was meant to be an event location with a shooting range out the back of the West Coast - and it feels like that. * it's in the middle of nowhere with no power or cell phone reception. The facilities are pretty darn good for this. The generator runs from 3pm-10pm and 7am til presumably after everyone's left. This is pretty normal for backcountry places on generator. * Mike is mostly a one man band, unless he's got Wwoofers staying We made sure we arrived after 3pm as instructured and were
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Sherpa55186134846 wrote a review Jan 2024
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Lovely views... but do ride on through! Cycled in on a peak NZ holiday period, Tue 9 Jan, a beautiful day, stunning views! (+ a star) Possibly no visitor toilet. Place closed. A guy appeared, (bound to be Mike the owner), apologise for it being closed (+ a star). Being a complementary full Kiwi, I responded not a problem & asked (being nieve?) if this area was and old mining town.. I loved the 'I built all of this', but not the preceding 'if you knew how many stupid questions I get...' & the turned back and stump away. (Refer many 1 star ratings within these reviews) Hey Mike (based on many negativecomments), I am sure you have made your wealth to retire somewhere quiet & never see a tourist again. But since you naturally hate tourists, best you sell up quietly move out, as
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Jan T wrote a review Jan 2024
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We stayed with Mike for one night while cycling from Greymouth to Ross. We arrived after 3pm as requested and met Mike who was cooking our dinner. He showed us where to put and charge our bikes. Then to our rooms which were spotlessly clean and all ready for us. After showers and getting organised we had a beer before a great dinner - roast chicken, roast potates, pumpkin, broad beans, peas, carrots, cauliflower cheese, broccoli and gravy. Breakfast was also inclued - cereal, fruit, toast and tea. Our room was a good size and the bed very comfortable. Amazing views, really does feel like paradise. We had a very enjoyable and relaxing stay.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Mumma&Co wrote a review Dec 2023
Timaru, New Zealand6212 contributions602 helpful votes
Have to say I was nervous passing through here with the reviews. We didn't stay purely because of the reviews. It's got HUGE potential, the ride down to it is fun as are the switchbacks after it. Stunning view from the deck! Mike is certainly eccentric & a real character but we just nodded & agreed & enjoyed a cold coke before biking onto Lake Kaniere. I'm sure he's harmless really & Cowboys Paradise really does add something to the ride!
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Seaside33699059701 wrote a review Nov 2023
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Looking for somewhere to stay on the Wilderness Trail. I highly recommend Cowboys Paradise. Lovely clean and comfortable rooms, beautifully home cooked meal and all surrounded by amazing views. Mike you're an awesome host Best
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Claire M wrote a review Nov 2023
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What a great place to visit. Views are amazing. Units are nice and comfy. Showers have tremendous water pressure. Tea was a lovely home cooked meal. Breakfast was continental, and all you could eat. Had a great night with the other guests and host.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Derrick M wrote a review Oct 2023
Kampong Cham, Cambodia149 contributions22 helpful votes
Avoid like the plague if you don't want to be subjected to a barrage of foul mouthed, conspiracy theories, aggressive mannerisms and general BS. The saving grace was the accommodation which was comfortable, clean, warm, the food which was plentiful yet basic yet expensive.. Overpriced for what you get would I stay again? Yes, if the owner wasn't around
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Date of stay: October 2023
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bec O wrote a review Jun 2023
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Unfriendly aggressive owner. Told us to F off as we didn’t buy breakfast when we stayed (it didn’t say anywhere we had to. We bought dinner the night before and just wanted to get on the trail). We were with international visitors and they were shocked. Avoid.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Dina P wrote a review Apr 2023
Auckland, New Zealand18 contributions13 helpful votes
This is the third time I have been with friends to Cowboy Paradise. It is always memorable, and shouldn't be missed if you are biking the West Coast Wilderness Trail. Mike is one of West Coast's characters. Open your mind and give it a go, you will love it. Clean rooms, and a great roast dinner. And a view to die for.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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