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Hellfire28
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Review of Cowboy Paradise
3.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 Feb 2018via mobile
Promised a lot delivered ok. Small cabins, well built, great shower, comfortable bed. Great hospitality nice meal, so so atmosphere reminded me a little of school dining room, we all ate together at long tables. New staff not great chefs, but meal was ok. Views are amazing, the only place to stay if you don’t want to ride 60k. Very expensive.
Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 February 2018

Our group of local kids called in for lunch and some shooting at the range today as a birthday treat, but it all took a sour turn when the first group of four arrived at the saloon and skidded to a halt. The owner came out and told them that they were all ba$^%$ds and they couldn't shoot any more. We arrived about 25 seconds later to sobs and after some discussion about respecting others property and needing to say sorry they would not come into the saloon for lunch as we promised them. I went to speak to the owner to confirm what was said and he told me that they had pi^%ed him off and he hadn't made his mind up about the shooting yet. He had spent over $10 000 on getting his part of the cycle trail up to standard and he didn't need brats (like our kids) ruining it. So we left without the $200 contribution we would have made to help him with the upkeep.
Honestly, this guy is in the wrong business, and seems to have studied hospitality with Basil Fawlty.

Date of stay: February 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 January 2018

We arrived wet and tired after the ride up from Kumara, and it was great to take off our wet gear and get into our cabins and the the hot showers. We were made welcome in the large bar/restaurant, and enjoyed many free drinks of milo/tea/coffee as we played board games until the delicious buffet meal arrived. The cabins were very comfortable, and we woke refreshed for our ride down to Hokitika. The prices may seem high, but to set up and operate this establishment in this remote location has taken a lot, and it's good value, and a great part of the Cycle Trail experience

Date of stay: January 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
1  Thank DickL1234
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

We biked from Kumara to Cowboys Paradise on a very wet day. The ride down into Cowboy's Paradise from the trail is a downhill with some switchbacks and through some very nice bush so that was a good way to arrive (vs uphill, if you had come from Hokitika direction). We were keen to get out of wet gear and were able to hang our gear on the wash line under our verandah. We had a lovely modern, carpeted, and warm ensuite room with a heater provided, separate shower, toilet and comfy bed. We had a delicious buffet meal which was served at 7pm for all guests. Mike and his staff were really friendly and we had some great conversations with the other guests that were also staying the night. There are board games or magazines also. The generator was on till about 1-2am and then switched off till morning. The noise didn't really bother us as it's essential to have power. Breakfast was either continental or cooked which provided a good start to another day of riding ahead. If you are passing through, definitely stop for hot chips and tomato sauce and a drink as a minimum or stay the night, have a chat to Mike and the other riders! This stop definitely adds to the West Coast Wilderness Trail experience.

Room tip: I'd recommend the ensuite room
Date of stay: January 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Liz C
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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

This accommodation is in a much needed spot. Basic accommodation and meals. Dinner was a tasty roast at 7pm and breakfast is from 8am. Mike has a big vision and I look forward to seeing what this place becomes

Date of stay: December 2017
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 May 2017

June 2016 I booked for two people for one night in March 2017. I was told (via email) there were no ensuites available but that we were booked into 'the saloon room @ $80'.
We were greeted by the owner, Mike who said he needed to talk to me. It turned out the Saloon room didn't exist. He said he had one room available which he offered to us at $140. We knew there was another older couple riding the trail coming after us so we left the room for them. (They later told us that they had booked and paid $110 for their room) When we told Mike we were not happy about our booking he told us we could get on our bikes and leave and that he was sick of people complaining.
We were too stuffed to move on and with no internet or cellphone access it was difficult to make other arrangements.
He offered us what looked like the tool shed for $60. It was an unlined shed with bunks. You could see daylight through the walls. We had access to a shower block which was obviously the staff amenities.
The meal at $30 was not plentiful nor was it a roast. We were offered chicken legs and chops with vegetables. I asked was it okay to come back for seconds, I was told yes but when I did there was no meat left. We paid $7 for a bowl of icecream.

The generator goes off at about 11pm. There is not lighting so tricky to find our way to the ablution block during the night.
I appreciate what Mike is trying to do but he can't take bookings for a building which doesn't exist. Why didn't he make contact to say he'd overbooked and we could have made other arrangements?
We were prepared for rough and ready but I think he pushed it a bit too far!
We did have a fun night with the other inmates and I'm not saying don't go there just beware.

Date of stay: March 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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