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“We have just completed the WCW bike trek and as part of this we spent a very enjoyable evening/night in the company of Mike and Laura at Cowboys. We had read mixed reviews of the place before visiting but can now report that Cowboy Paradise was the highlight of our 4 day ride. The accommodation was spot on, the food was perfect after a day in the saddle, and the chance to have a few drinks with some good, honest, hard case locals was entertaining. I see in some reviews, some “out of touch individuals” highlighted the Confederate Flag on the wall as some sort of pro slavery “sign”. What a complete load of BS. Having spoken to the staff, I can assure those misguided individuals that the staff are actually free to come and go as they please, they get paid, and believe it or not they enjoy working at Cowboys so all is well…….. If you are planning to ride the West Coast Wilderness trail, and you can handle straight up people and enjoy crossing paths with folk from all walks of like, make sure you stay at Cowboy Paradise, and make the effort to talk to Mike and his team. If however you are one of those “easily, and eternally offended” types then maybe you should ride on out of town.” 4 September, 2019

“Our group of 9 had a great stay at Cowboy Paradise while biking the West Coast Wilderness Trail. Great accommodation with super comfortable beds and hot powerful showers. The meals were good value and tasty with plenty of it. Loved sitting on the big deck having a drink and taking in the spectacular scenery. Thanks Mike for the hard work in setting up such beaut set up.” Tony, 13 December, 2017

“Highlight of the west coast wilderness trail. Modern ensure accommodation, hot shower with great water pressure to wash away the days dirt and relax tried muscles. Beds were like sleeping on a cloud. Meals are shared with all those who are there, a great way to meet others on the trail too. Definitely include a night here when doing the west coast wilderness trail.” Rachel Brian, 7 January 2015

“The 5 of us hiked in from the Otira end of Arthurs Pass to do a 4 day loop tramp and had to change plans as the weather bomb (rising rivers / no visibility on the passes) was going to cut us off from getting back to road end (Otira end).  Well well …7hrs later ..we couldn’t believe our luck stumbling into Cowboys Paradise.  Mike and his team immediately made us welcome and made space for us for an overnight stay to recuperate and plan our exit from the looming weather.  Nice hot showers;  and nice dorm type beds settled us down for a nice cosy night.  Mike organised a drop off with a shuttle which was doing the rounds bringing in MTB gear – we got good local tips and advice from the shuttle man on the alternative tramps we were planning to do. 
All in all a great place and would definitely recommend to others …and we’ll be back to conquer the route another day!” The 5 Stranded International Trampers, 8 April 2015

“Thanks Mike for a great night, good food and company. Riding up to your place  was hot but the views and the next days ride was well and truly worth it. Best of luck with the future. Hope we can get back again.” Hilary King, 22 March 2015

“Cowboys Paradise was the highlight of the West Coast Wilderness Trail for our boys aged 7 & 9.  The accommodation was outstanding and the shower just wonderful!  Loved the Weka strolling about and the Tui singing.  Mike and Shontelle were fantastic hosts and the food just hit the spot after a days riding.  Fabulous place and we look forward to coming back again.  A true West Coast experience.  Thankyou!” Ferguson Family, January 5 2015

“Awesome adventure, fantastic place to stay, thanks heaps Mike!!” Saskia Berkhout-Findley, 29 December 2014

“I have just done Greymouth to Hokitika last week. Rode it with a bike trailer “BOB” type on the back of my mountain bike. Day one was Greymouth to Cowboy Paradise which is right on the cycle way. Day two from there to Hokitika. Great ride , great scenery, excellent easy track with some easy climbing. Easily done if you set aside 5-7 hours of easy riding time per day. YES there is accomodation at cowboy paradise. Lovely guy by the name of Mike who owns and is slowly developing this place to look like a Wild West town from the cowboy days in the USA. I turned up late in the afternoon and was the only guest there in this place in the middle of nowhere. Mike made me feel very welcome.” Erich Kusel, 22 February 2014

“Highlight of the west coast wilderness trail. Modern ensure accommodation, hot shower with great water pressure to wash away the days dirt and relax tried muscles. Beds were like sleeping on a cloud. Meals are shared with all those who are there, a great way to meet others on the trail too. Definitely include a night here when doing the west coast wilderness trail.” Rachel Brian, 06 January 2014

“Our bike group came to find this wonderful place on our West Coast Wilderness Trail. An education is awaiting you. Classic West Coast hospitality in the truest and most honest way us Kiwis have grown up with. What a blast from the past! Great times were had by all.

Great accomodation with great high pressure showers is a real treat. Fantastic fun. Thanks Mike.” Alistair Ferguson, 27 January 2015


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