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The Lifeboat NZ Restaurant

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96 Blake Street | Tiphead, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
+64 27 524 0002
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“waffles” (35 reviews)
“great guy” (3 reviews)
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Dutch, European, Vegetarian Friendly
96 Blake Street | Tiphead, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

We went to the break-water in the hope of seeing the dolphins. No dolphins for our visit but we found this 'boat' instead. Quality coffee and stroopwafels (Dutch, thin waffles with caramel in the centre). The stroopwafels were so tasty an on such a chilly...More

1  Thank M1andM2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Game changer. The nicest Dutch man in NZ offering the tastiest waffles and coffee! Always worth popping in even just for a chat the man has a heart of gold. A warm coffee waiting for you when it's freezing cold on the coast.

1  Thank jonos266
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This guy is an artist! His crafted coffee and waffles were amazing. The waffles were different to what I've had before and they are amazing. And this is a stunning place to have a coffee. Take a camera with you.

1  Thank OldandGreyontop
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

You will hardly find any place as simple, delicious and friendly as this one in the whole milky way. The owner is down to earth, intelligent and excellent to have a chat with, even for a couple of hours. It's more or less a half...More

2  Thank Peter M
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Delicious Dutch waffle and great drip coffee served with the biggest, most genuine smile and a lovely conversation about what matters in life. The Lifeboat will most certainly leave your tummy happier and your heart warmer.

2  Thank Ellrik
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Richard is great, and his stroopwafels are amazing! He also makes a good cup of coffee. This is definitely a must visit. He parks his boat/kitchen at the very end of the Blaketown tip from around 10am until 3 or 4pm. His menu is $1...More

2  Thank Mitchel R
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Richard makes beautiful coffee and waffles and spins a great yarn! No steamers or espressos here just hand poured coffee using European techniques that actually bring the taste to life. Highly recommend

1  Thank Ben H
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Best coffee break at Greymouth. The concept is great. Best dutch stroopwafels and a perfect handmade coffee... Nice place for visit and talk!

1  Thank Thilo M
Reviewed 27 March 2017

What a great concept! Menu is limited to small or large stroopwaffels, and a coffee, but for $5 for a large + coffee the prices are excellent. Richard was obviously a man who loves what he does, and was a pleasure to chat to. The...More

1  Thank James K
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Fantastic authentic waffles and coffee in an awesome location. Take in the view, great food and enjoy the service - fantastic!

1  Thank chobrob
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Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
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Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 96 Blake Street | Tiphead, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  West Coast Region  >  Greymouth
  • Phone Number: +64 27 524 0002
We make authentic Dutch stroopwaffles, normally located at the Blaketown Tiphead (weather permitted). Come down for a Dutch stroopwaffle and a delicious hand made filter coffee, see you there!