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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” (42 reviews)
“great guy” (3 reviews)
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Dutch, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
96 Blake Street | Tiphead, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago

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 1 week ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

We picked up some waffles and a coffee the Monday of Queens birthday weekend. They were delicious and the service was outstanding. If you can forgive our the opening hours add this to your list as a must do in Greymouth.

2  Thank Sinead R
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Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

Hidden away at the end of the breakwater, a wonderfully friendly host serving up delicious stroopwafel alongside hot tea and coffee from a charming piece of local history.

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

The stroopwafel is a tasty snack with filtered coffee - and the end of the Greymouth breakwater is a great place to try one for the first time. Middle of winter meant we had body boarders surfing the waves rather than the hector dolphins -...More

1  Thank KiwiSteveL
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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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