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West Coast Scenic Waterways

409 Ruatapu highway, Hokitika 7883, New Zealand
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A wonderful experience

Really keen to do this boat trip, but feeling pessimistic on a windy, chilly, cloudy April evening... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2018
Doreen B
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Waimate, New Zealand
Great place, great people

We stayed here and also went on the boat trip - absolutely perfect. Great Hosts, thank you Cindy... read more

Reviewed 19 April 2018
denise546
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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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We are located just 4 kms south of Hokitika on the State Highway 6. Drive straight past Adair road on your left heading south and we are the first left turn after you cross the Mahinapua Creek with the Historic Railway Bridge located on your left. Enjoy freedom kayaking or a cruise aboard the Eco Adventurer. Capture the picturesque beauty of the Mahinapua waterways along the original route used by pioneers,gold diggers and early explorers.Experience majestic views of Aoraki/Mt.Cook and the Southern Alps and outstanding West Coast wetlands flora,fauna and native rain forest.Come and see the rare and graceful White Heron and Australasian Bittern.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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409 Ruatapu highway, Hokitika 7883, New Zealand
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Reviewed 25 April 2018

Really keen to do this boat trip, but feeling pessimistic on a windy, chilly, cloudy April evening. Gavin is very knowledgable, not only about the area but also suggesting the wind would most likely drop. It did - and for a reflection fiend like me,...More

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wcscenicwaterways, Owner at West Coast Scenic Waterways, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2018

Thank you Doreen for such a thoughtful review. Gavin and I genuinely love meeting our guests from all over the world and spending time with them...you are no exception! Although we are not in charge of the weather...we are hopefully able to manage most trips...More

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Reviewed 19 April 2018

We stayed here and also went on the boat trip - absolutely perfect. Great Hosts, thank you Cindy and Gavin and had the perfect boat trip at sunset.

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wcscenicwaterways, Owner at West Coast Scenic Waterways, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2018

You're a star in every way Denise! We hope to catch up again one day. Look after yourself ...Gavin and Cindy.

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Reviewed 16 April 2018

Cant fault the place - a girlfriend and I had an exceptionally good stay here at the beginning of our West Coast Wilderness Trail cycle. We were in a room that is attached to an outside kitchen dining area which we also enjoyed the benefits...More

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wcscenicwaterways, Owner at West Coast Scenic Waterways, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

Hi Sandy! How can we thank you enough for such a lovely review! We meet such amazing people like yourselves...who couldn't love the 'job'!My apologies...there is a tv for that room...but not up yet! Take care of yourselves ....Gavin and Cindy Hopper.

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Reviewed 16 March 2018

We were welcomed and felt at home with Cindy and Gavin's hospitality. Nothing was a problem. Accommodation was very comfortable, clean and modern. The boat trip is highly recommended. We shall be returning.

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wcscenicwaterways, Owner at West Coast Scenic Waterways, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2018

How could we ever thank you guys enough! Really appreciate your kindness and generous reviews! Look forward to catching up again in the future...take care...Gavin and Cindy Hopper.

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Reviewed 16 March 2018

Cindy and Gavin are most welcoming hosts and you feel like you've known them for ages. Definitely do the evening cruise. It's very special to be the only ones on this pristine waterway at sunset.The cottages are extremely comfortable. Will return someday and spend more...More

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wcscenicwaterways, Owner at West Coast Scenic Waterways, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2018

Thank you SO much Lorrie...you're a star! Meeting such amazing people like yourselves is such fun and very rewarding! Look after yourselves...Gavin and Cindy Hopper.

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

There were 6 of us cycling the Wilderness trail - Gavin and Cindy were wonderful hosts and very welcoming. The cruise was very informative and stunning scenery. Hot tea/chocolate/coffee and chocolate bars along the way. A must for anyone doing the Wilderness Trail or driving...More

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wcscenicwaterways, Owner at West Coast Scenic Waterways, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2018

My marketing heros! You ladies brought so much business our way in the days on the trail following your Early Riser cruise! You have no idea how thankful we are!! Hope to see you all again sometime! Look after yourselves...Gavin and Cindy Hopper.

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Reviewed 9 March 2018

Group of 6 of us, cycling Wild West Wilderness trail. We were a little undecided about doing a boat trip around a Lake but as weather was looking good decided we would go. We are absolutely AMAZED!! The scenery is to die for! So unexpected,...More

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wcscenicwaterways, Owner at West Coast Scenic Waterways, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2018

Hi Jo! I don't think you realise what wonderful marketing agents you ladies were for us on the West Coast Wilderness Trail!!! We had 4 groups of cyclists book within days of you because "these six ladies told us it's not to be missed!" So...More

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Reviewed 1 March 2018

We were a party of 4 adults from Australia and thoroughly enjoyed this sunset cruise. It was great to see another side to the very beautiful South Island of NZ. Gavin was a fantastic host with a great sense of humour. We took on board...More

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wcscenicwaterways, Owner at West Coast Scenic Waterways, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2018

Hi my Australian friends! Your platter was such a great idea and looked delicious...highly recommend it for other guests...a fun way to enjoy the cruise with your friends and family. Take care...Gavin.

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Reviewed 25 February 2018

We stayed here on our first night after riding from Ross to Hokitika, organised by Cycle Journeys. Cindy and Gavin were very welcoming. We had the Alpine Cottage. It was very nice and the adjoining outside area was great for eating our meals. Cindy provided...More

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wcscenicwaterways, Owner at West Coast Scenic Waterways, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2018

Thank you so much for this lovely review Marian! We are very priviledged to be located on the West Coast Wilderness Trail...especially getting to meet such wonderful people as yourselves! Take care...Gavin and Cindy Hopper.

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Reviewed 23 February 2018

If I could give Cindy, Gavin and Kotuku Cottage 10 stars I would! My husband, adult son and I stayed a night in Kotuku Cottage on our first night riding the Wilderness Trail. Cindy and Gavin could not have made us more welcome. The cottage...More

Thank Rosemary S
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wcscenicwaterways, Owner at West Coast Scenic Waterways, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We really are so thankful to you Rosemary for such a thoughtful and kind review! My apologies this response is so late! I was double checking our listing and noticed I'd overlooked responding to you! You were all such a priviledge to host! hopefully our...More

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