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The Lifeboat NZ

Tainui Street | Town square, Greymouth, New Zealand
+64 27 524 0002
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Travellers talk about
“waffles” (60 reviews)
“cakes” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Dutch, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Tainui Street | Town square, Greymouth, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is such a delightful spot to visit. An old boat converted into a window shop waffle and coffee shop. What a stunning setting with the ocean and the mountains in the background. I loved chatting with Richard and Monique and am now a big...More

1  Thank Kylie H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went by the life boat three times in the time we were in Greymouth. They serve great coffee and hot chocolate to keep you warm watching the big and violent waves on the pier. The boat has a really cool history being brought here...More

Thank Enrico K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My Son and myself went to the breakwater to see the wave height during the weekend . And sitting at the end of the tip was the lifeboat . perfect backdrop and location. We both decided that we would like a waffle and a hot...More

1  Thank mellangdon78
Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

So good. One cannot imagine the taste of these great delicate orgasmic waffles! I am considering selling all my possessions to fund my addiction from here. They are a super nice couple as well and have a great energy!!

1  Thank Curtisnz
Reviewed 21 June 2018

Only had coffee here, but it was GREAT coffee. It was prepared with care and precision by the owner Richard. While it was steeping, he told us about the history of the lifeboat. So as well as great coffee we got a really interesting history...More

1  Thank Suzanne04
Reviewed 21 June 2018

The MUST do/see/visit whenever you are in Greymouth. If not, you haven't been to the West Coast at all! RIchard and Monique are such amazing characters, and the food and service they offer are out of this world. Have a coffee/tea with the stroopwafel(s), and...More

1  Thank 1988Adam
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Popped in here to get some waffles to take home. OMG they were fantastic. Crunchy...sweet.. simply delicious. The only bad thing was they never made it home...(we were so tempted we ate them in the car). You take your first bite (just to sample) bad...More

1  Thank FooFoo123
Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Richard offers fantastically simple pour over coffee and friendly conversation as an added bonus. Stroopwaffels are on offer too for the sweet tooths. Head to the town square for something a little bit special.

1  Thank Philippa M
Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

Out of expectation Love everything from here, they are friendly and good to chat and of course the wafels are awesome tasty. Have a combo and add on of wafels for 2 of us, end up bought 10 pieces small and 10 pieces big before...More

3  Thank Eddie T
Reviewed 12 June 2018

The Lifeboat is a boat full of life and experience. It is not only the experience of how to make a good cup of coffee or waffles. It is also a place for a nice chat about life. You shouldn't miss it - and if...More

1  Thank firstsemester
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Average prices
Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
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View, Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tainui Street | Town square, Greymouth, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  West Coast Region  >  Greymouth
  • Phone Number: +64 27 524 0002
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The Lifeboat NZ is a small business selling Dutch stroopwafels and coffee to increase social contact and has the purpose to help people who have gone through their free-fall. Our goal is to establish throughout New Zealand more Lifeboats for people who need a way back in life with a viable business so they can spread their light to others.
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