"Adventure brought us to the Coast, and it hasn't disappointed."
West Coast Scenic Waterways Retreat
Cindy and Gavin Hopper moved to Hokitika after sampling its adventurous lifestyle and have not looked back.
"Adventure brought us to the Coast, and it hasn't disappointed. We left a textile design and electrical career in Auckland to explore New Zealand. A roast meal and job offer in Hokitika kept us in the South Island for good,” Cindy says.
The couple have since started a successful tourism venture along the historic Mahinapua waterways, offering paddle boat cruises, freedom kayaking and a bed and breakfast, catering to the many tourists who explore the West Coast each year.
“What we love so much about Hokitika is it's an awesome playground! There are not enough days in a year to tackle all the back-country huts and trails, water ski and go fishing on the lakes, and ski the slopes in winter... just an hour away. The list goes on,” Cindy says.
“Hokitika is a tourist town, so we are spoilt to have so many awesome gift shops, coffee shops, places to dine out, or take out, and enjoy a sunset on the beach. It's a lovely community to live in with so much to offer.”
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