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Reviewed 15 August 2020 via mobile

Made a quick stop here while waiting for a family member to join me on my road trip. Had a lovely chat to the owners and enjoyed delicious stroopwafel and coffee while watching the crashing waves. Definitely recommend checking this place out if you are...in the area.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 20 June 2020

A cold bleak day out was rewarded with a lovely coffee and lovely people serving it. A real treat. Loved the boat and the resilience of these vendors on a cold day.

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed 10 June 2020 via mobile

I love where The Lifeboat sells their coffee and waffles, the tiphead is an awesome spot to watch the waves and the ocean, it's simply a majestic spot. Then you add in some yummy Dutch Stroopwafels and the friendly owners and your morning just can't...get better than that! If you have the time, they might just invite you inside to have a good yarn with them! Monique and Richard are really down to earth people. Oh, did I mention the waffles are great? I couldn't resist taking some home with me after eating the ones there! It's a must see in Greymouth!More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed 25 May 2020

Thank you Richard and Monique so much, you guys are the best. You made a special heart waffle for my daughter's 12th birthday and delivered to our hotel.

Date of visit: May 2020
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RichardM6822, Marketing at The Lifeboat NZ, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2020

Thank you! We were so happy we could be a part of her birthday with delivering stroopwafels. Hope you had a great time on the West Coast!

Reviewed 14 May 2020

Richard and Monique work in this amazing old lifeboat from 1908 that's transformed into this really cool little coffee stand. But wait, there's more. They freshly make stroopwafels on site and the air smells amazing. They're lovely and up for a chat and embody everything...that is good about small businesses. If you end up in Greymouth do yourself a favour and have a stroop here.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 23 February 2020

This place is so good! The owners are really friendly, coffee is delicious and the Dutch cookies? Wow! Try them, they are amazing!

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 17 February 2020 via mobile

We as Dutch people were happy that we found original stroopwafels, never buy the ones in the store no more. These are amazing!!! Richard and Monique are very open and friendly, we were planning to get a coffee and drive up north. We ended in...the boat having stroopwafels and share awesome stories. I would really recommend the lifeboat. It's the detour more then worth when you take a bite of those sweet stroopwafels. Thanks guys! P.s. The hot chocolade is also recommended!!!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 13 February 2020

Discovered The Lifeboat NZ by accident, after finishing the West Coast Wilderness Cycle Trail, we decided to ride down to the end of the breakwater. Richard and Monique are the owners and they are so lovely and truly make the best hot chocolate in the...world, with real NZ top quality chocolate and milk. Just wonderful to refresh with this delicious beverage after a long cycle ride, watch the dolphins in the Tasman. The waffles are great as well. Forget the famous Monteith Brewery go to The Lifeboat NZ instead!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 9 February 2020

My brother had been raving about this place and now we are raving. We came prepared with cash as because of the remoteness of the location there is no eftpost. The Stroop waffles were delicious, freshly made. They also make coffee and hot chocolate but...I wanted to spend all my money on the biscuits. I took some home for my children. My father enjoyed watching the boat come into the harbour as he waited for his hot chocolate to be made. The quaint LifeBoat protected us from the wind as we waited.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 22 January 2020

Not only is the place beautiful, the coffee and waffles faultless, Richard is an absolute diamond of a man. We had a great chat about our kids and our pride in them, I was even supplied with careers advice for over 60 gardeners with dodgy...knees🤣🤣. Thanks man, you made our day.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 22 January 2020

The coffee is great but the best parts for us were the stroop wafels, the site which is at the end of a little peninsula, and the people who run it. They were so fun to converse with, interactive, and friendly.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 3 January 2020 via mobile

Stopped off here after reading the TripAdvisor reviews. So glad we did. The waffles were to die for and the location is special. While it would be nice to walk along the spit, you can actually drive all the way up to it so worth...doing even if you’re in a hurry. The owners are lovely and let the kids ring the bell and also told them that the white stones on the beach were magical. After downing the coffee and waffles we then of course had to go hunting for magic rocks and it’s become one of the highlights of their trip. Sometimes you find pure joy in the most unlikely of places and this is one of those.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 25 November 2019

Supernice couple selling the best waffles you can imagine! While enjoying a waffle, you’ll have a stunning view over the ocean and a nice conversation with Richard and Monique(the owners). Definitely worth the visit!

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 20 November 2019

Do not miss the Lifeboat parked down on the Greymouth spit. Fabulous handmade hot chocolate (great for a very windy day), & lovely dutch cake. Real character boat & owner - had a lovely chat. A must see.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 18 November 2019 via mobile

They invites us in their boat because it was so windy outside and we stayed for more than an hour. So nice and amazing people ♥️ thanks for the great time in your Lifeboat! Best waffles and really good coffee! Lena&Lea

Date of visit: November 2019
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Wife & I visited Lifeboat Sun Mar 24 - enjoyed coffee and pancakes - exchanged contact details with Dutch owners ( Monique & Richard ) . Next day storms from south reached Greymouth - we enquired how they were - received... More
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Hi Tina674, thank you for your message. That is awesome you want to visit us. Unfortunately we have moved from Greymouth to Ophir, Central Otago, near Alexandra. The Lifeboat NZ is now located at the Ophir Lodge and open... More
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