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All cowboy, no paradise

Review of Cowboy Paradise
1.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 Mar 2018
First experience of Mike was a lot of "f" ing! Best not charge your e bike here! Apparently its not welcome! No keys were given for the rooms and the rooms were entered while we were out and phone chargers turned off. Generator turned off at night and turned back on at 7.15am. Too bad if you need a light during the night or an early morning start! The owner stays elsewhere! A very rude man and should not be in hospitality. Do not stay here, give your money to someone who deserves it.
Date of stay: March 2018
Room Tip: Stay somewhere else!
Trip type: Travelled with friends
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

Great amenities, except when the power was cut off from just after dinner until early in morning. When Mike drives off to stay at his house, he turns off the generator as he departs and this leaves you powerless. It would be nice to know this prior as the hot showers etc will not work without electricity and your now in your dark room unable to even charge your phones or have a light on to read.
The rooms were nice and looked clean, except for the moldy ceilings in the bath room and other peoples left over bits and pieces under the beds that made me wonder how clean it really was. There were no supplied door keys to lock up our valuables and during the night with the windows shut made the rooms unbearably stuffy, so they had to be left open and any valuables at risk.
Paying for a Roast dinner and getting roasted chicken legs and roasted chops, is far from the delicious roast as promised. To be fair the veggies were nicely cooked.
The accommodation as booked was re negotiated at our expense and then the agreed amount changed to more money again when we made the payment.
Some of our group, chose not to order the roast meal offer and they were promptly told to not enter the bar dining area. So they could not access drinks or sit on the outside deck area.
Overall Mike made nearly all of our group, wish we had chosen to stay elsewhere.
I honestly can not rate this place higher than one star which is a shame as the views are beautiful from the toilet windows.
As it takes a long drive to get there on up rough tracks that require re surfacing, I cannot rate the location as great, as there is nothing to do when the power is turned off and no where to go.
Very expensive compared to staying by the coast in a hotel, that has both a restaurant, local shops and electricity. Stay away from this place.

Room tip: Bring your own generator, a torch and a few cans of bug spray.
Date of stay: February 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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4  Thank Steven M
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Reviewed 27 February 2018 via 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 2018
Trip 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
2  Thank Taffyonthecoast
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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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