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Reviewed 18 December 2014

Dennis and Raelyn were very personable hosts. Dennis had a lot of interesting stories to tell, and we had a great time talking to him and Raelyn. The house itself was beautifully set on the beachfront. There was a bathroom down the hall from the room and the shower and bath were across the hall. The breakfast was very good and filling. This was a great place to stay.

Date of stay: December 2014
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 December 2014

If you would like to experience REAL GREAT Kiwi hospitality, book in. Raely and Denis are one of the best hosts I have ever met. Not to mention the property with stunning sea views! This B&B is just great.

Date of stay: December 2014
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2  Thank Dmitry P
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

This beautiful property has stunning views. My daughter and I enjoyed learning about the lifestyle of the West Coast through converstation with our welcoming hosts, Dennis and Raelyn. The room was comfortable and breakfast was delicious. It was truly a unique and memorable New Zealand experience.

Date of stay: July 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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2  Thank JudyY14
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

My wife and I were in New Zealand (from California) to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary. After about 8 or 9 days visiting other points on the South Island we made the drive along the West Coast from Fox to tiny seaside Barrytown. We had been on the go every day up to this point and really needed a "down" day to just relax in a quiet place. Knowing we wanted to visit Punakakai (Pancake Rocks and Blow Hole) we settled on Bluewaves Homestay, a picturesque property right on Coast Road, but a world away from other tourists and Camper Vans. We made the right choice.

Upon arrival we were greeted by Dennis who had been tending to the property. He warmly greeted us and showed us the house and our room, offered us a drink and immediately made us comfortable in his home. The property is simply beautiful. After a while Raelyn arrived home from work and advised us "tea" would be sometime shortly after 7:00 PM. Rae is equally delightful and enjoys a little playful banter with Dennis much to our entertainment. We decided to go for a walk on the beach across the street. It was overcast that day, but it didn't detract from the fact that we had beach as far as the eye could see both directions to ourselves. The driftwood and the birds and a fairly calm Tasman Sea made for some great photo opportunities.

The best part of our short stay was the meal that Dennis and Raylin prepapred. I'm not sure what was better, the food, including delicious fish caught by Dennis across the street or the conversation. If you have even a passing interest in fishing you must ask Dennis about the "torpedo". I felt as though I was among old friends. Dennis cooked some fish that he had caught just across the street and while eating we got to share in some stories of Dennis' life working Search and Rescue on the West Coast over the years. Dennis's best mate Neil was there as well and between the two of them we had some great laughs and learned some interesting facts about the area.

Another highlight was being handed a copy of Neil's biography signed by both Neil and Dennis who is mentioned many times in the book as the two had worked for decades in Search and Rescue while Neil was a Senior Sergeant with the polic in Greymouth. I read the 373 page book, Step Up to the Line, Biography of Neil Smith from cover to cover on the flight home and it was a continuation of the conversation we had that night over our meal.

I get the feeling Dennis can do or build or fix just about anything and having built the property with his own hands there's just something special about it. The room was comfortable with great views of the sea. Breakfast was wonderful we only wish we had another day or two to stay at Bluewaves. If you're looking to stay on the West Coast and enjoy some authentic West Coast hospitality I highly recommend this place. There is plenty to do in the area and I certainly plan to return for a longer stay in the future.

Room tip: Call 24 hours ahead and let Dennis or Raelyn know that you'd like to have dinner with them. It will be the highlight of your stay!
Date of stay: April 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank TAJerry
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

We stayed at the Bluewaves for one night by chance and thoroughly enjoyed our short stay. Dennis and Raylyn were so lovely and entertaining. For dinner, we and two lovely ladies from Austria had the nicest lemon fish Dennis caught and grilled. We drank and talked well into the night. Oh, there was also the breathtaking sunset seaview from the beautiful garden that Raylyn created. If we come back to New Zealand again, we will go to Bluewaves again.

Date of stay: March 2014
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