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The Lifeboat NZ

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96 Blake Street | Tiphead, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
+64 27 524 0002
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“waffles” (48 reviews)
“great guy” (3 reviews)
“food truck” (2 reviews)
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Dutch, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
96 Blake Street | Tiphead, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very charming and welcoming couple that clearly love life in their little boat on a pier at the world’s end with the waves raging below propose the most delicious dutch waffles I’ve ever had with their honey syrup and a touch of cinnamon and...More

Thank Dzir
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A cool little reconditioned boat now a cafe cart, offering awesome Dutch waffles and coffee with a view!

Thank Rach700
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Wonderful couple! Cute little boat that they sell waffles and hot coffee right at the pier. Incredibly friendly people who invited us into their boat away from the cold weather, where they told us their inspiring story of how they started. Definitely visit if your...More

Thank Joseph M
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Had heard of this crazy outfit so a visit was in order. Outlandish location with an interesting concept, and if you start talking boats you'll be busy for a bit. Filtered coffee and Dutch waffles (the biscuit kind) for 4 while we mattered and watched...More

Thank Dwayne C
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

We visited here with 4 generations of our family. Enjoyed the filtered coffee and perfect waffles. Childhood sweetheart Dutch couple run this unique feature in Greymouth. Lifeboat is from a ship built in Glasgow, Scotland.

Thank GS_new_horizons
Reviewed 19 August 2017

Always like to go to the tiphead for a look when I m on the coast, if I m lucky you can watch the boat cross the bar or surfies braving the wild westcoast waves,kinda like a wilder Brighton pier. What a delight to find...More

Thank love2eat28
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

Delicious stroopwaffles and coffee. 100% worth the visit and recommend staying for a chat even in the winter.

1  Thank Adi L
Reviewed 2 August 2017

We enjoyed Richards' coffee and wafels even though the wind was a little fresh! a nicely restored lifeboat being used as a coffee cart is ideal at the breakwater. It would be a good spot to spend some time watching fishing boats cross the bar...More

1  Thank Alistair W
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

Very friendly. Service with a smile. Owner keen for a yarn or two. Made you feel warm and welcome. Waffles were delicious.

1  Thank Kenny B
Reviewed 29 June 2017

We had no idea what Dutch Stroopwafels were so the lovely guy gave us a sample and then we bought a couple, so lovely. Shame he only had coffee and not a tea as they were very sweet. He was at the end of the...More

1  Thank Ingrid J
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Average prices
Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Parking Available
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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
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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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