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West Coast Scenic Waterways

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West Coast Scenic Waterways
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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...more
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389 Ruatapu Highway, Hokitika 7883, New Zealand
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Gavin and Cindy are amazing hosts. We stayed for 1 night as part of our 4-day West Coast Wilderness Trail bike ride organised by Cycle Journeys. Cindy made our group of 6 really feel welcome and the cabin accommodation was gorgeous. Breakfast was great too...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A group of 12 on the West Coast Wilderness Trail stayed at Scenic Waterways in early March 2019. Our hosts, Gavin and Cindy were very welcoming and laid back and the quality accommodation was really comfortable. There was a relaxed atmosphere, and a brilliant dinner...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Kiwitravellers_47
wcscenicwaterways, Owner at West Coast Scenic Waterways, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Awesome @Kiwitravellers_47! So thrilled to hear you had an enjoyable time with us! What a great team you all are! Hosting you was a joy :) Look after yourselves...Gavin and Cindy Hopper.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've never heard of another attraction in NZ quite like this lovely tour. Scenic Waterways takes you through the wetlands and slow moving river to the beautiful Lake Mahinapoua, where you can view the sunset. Knowledgeable and delightful host and boat captain, Gavin Hopper shares...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank WellingtonLee
wcscenicwaterways, Owner at West Coast Scenic Waterways, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Your review is so appreciated @WellingtonLee :) It makes what we do so worthwhile! Our guests, just like you, certainly enrich our lives! Take care of yourselves....Gavin and Cindy Hopper.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed for 2 nights while cycling the West Coast Wilderness trail. We enjoyed staying in our lovely clean cottage, had a superb 3 course meal cooked by Cindy and a peaceful and informative Scenic waterway cruise one evening. Cindy and Gavin were helpful and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank korocastle
wcscenicwaterways, Owner at West Coast Scenic Waterways, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

How could we thank you enough! It's our lives that get enriched by all our wonderful guests! Look after yourselves and hope you do make it back one day...Gavin and Cindy.

Reviewed 5 February 2019 via mobile

My wife Nicki & I recently had a great stay for 3 nights at the Scenic Water Ways accomodation (in their cabins) while we rode the West Coast Wilderness Trail with friends . Cindy and Gavin are great hosts and very personable indeed. We were...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 811dannys
Reviewed 22 January 2019

This is the second time I have taken a group of women on this lovely, scenic boat cruise. What makes it so special is not just the calm, peaceful, gentle ride amid the waterways with the mountains and hills surrounding you....it's the knowledge, the genuine...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Debbie-WANZ
wcscenicwaterways, Owner at West Coast Scenic Waterways, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2019

We so appreciate this thoughtful and appreciative review Debbie....and for bringing your beautiful ladies with you to do the cruise for a second time! :) You're amazing! Take care of yourselves...Gavin and Cindy Hopper

Reviewed 16 January 2019 via mobile

After cycling Day one on the west Coast wilderness trail from the start point in Ross, we finished our day on the Scenic Waterways boat tour. Gavin has great knowledge of the history and wildlife of the area and kept us entertained with commentary and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank karenOc2015
wcscenicwaterways, Owner at West Coast Scenic Waterways, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2019

Thank you so much for this lovely review Karen :) Gavin is certainly a character and I have been impressed with how he has taken on his skipper role with such great gusto and loves gleaming all he can about the beautiful Mahinapua wetlands and...More

Reviewed 5 January 2019

We had a fantastic paddle along Mahinapua Creek and Lake Mahinapua! The weather was beautifully clear and there was very little wind. We were able to completely relax as we floated past the ducks and white herons around the creek. We booked 1 tandem kayak...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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wcscenicwaterways, Owner at West Coast Scenic Waterways, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2019

Thank you Alyce :) You're a star! Appreciate you giving such a great breakdown of the trip for others considering giving it a go :) Don't forget the locator beacon for added safety ;) It certainly is fun...don't forget your togs too...if you enjoy a...More

Reviewed 16 December 2018 via mobile

Due to constraints we asked Gavin if we could have a separate cruise. He was very accommodating and we enjoyed the waterway on our own. Can't speak too highly of our Captain. So either enjoy the planned cruises or organise one of your own. Great...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mikeandniki2017
wcscenicwaterways, Owner at West Coast Scenic Waterways, responded to this reviewResponded 20 December 2018

Thank you so much Mike and Niki ! Gavin spoke very highly of you both and really enjoyed his time with you on the chartered cruise :) We appreciate you taking the time to fit the cruise into your itinery! (Gavin says, "take care of...More

Reviewed 9 December 2018

Our group of 9 cyclists stayed here overnight whilst doing the West Coast Wilderness Trail. Grant and Cindy were amazing hosts - the accommodation was first class with comfy beds, fantastic meals and most of all, friendly, welcoming hosts. The highlight would have to be...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kiwiseeingtheworld
wcscenicwaterways, Owner at West Coast Scenic Waterways, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2018

So appreciate your encouragement and the fact you all had such a great time :) Really exciting to see the...."Cruise, stay & play'....become a reality for our wonderful guests! Was such fun hosting you all! Look after yourselves...Gavin and Cindy Hopper.

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Hello Trippytrekker! Thank you SO much for bringing this to our attention! We reshuffled our itinery with our web designer last week to fit in with the needs of our growing West Coast Wilderness Trail clientele, and... More
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