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West Coast Hospitality
At Breakers you'll enjoy true West Coast hospitality with your New Zealand born hosts. Breakers operates as a boutique bed & breakfast
by Jan and Stephen with the help of their two faithful companions Nico and Ziggy (the family dogs). Jan and Stephen are both passionate about the region, the land and history. They enjoy the outdoors and love to share their expertise and experiences with you - their guests. They get out and about as much as they can, exploring the backcountry, mountain biking and hiking and checking out the history. See their blog
for their latest adventures.
Now just to expand on Breakers operating as a "boutique" bed and breakfast. We often have guests asking why we call ourselves Boutique and what exactly it means. We feel boutique means offering something special - more intimate than your standard bed & breakfast or homestay experience - something a little more special. I found this explanation under Wikipedia: "It can also refer to a specialised firm. The word is often used to describe a property in the independent section of the hotel market (such as The Rockwell in London) in order to distinguish themselves from larger chains (such as Hilton Hotels). In such cases the establishments aim to convey the idea that the operation is elite and highly specialised."
We feel we fall into this category as we specialise in making your stay that little more unique with great itinerary and sightseeing advice and our fantastic beachfront location.
Jan - Your Host
Jan is your main host at Breakers and is originally from Invercargill - the deep south of New Zealand. Invercargill is where she was born and raised before moving to Queenstown for 17 years. Jan worked intermittently in the tourism industry as well as legal and building industries. Before moving to the West Coast, Jan worked for a guiding company in the accounts department and doing some occasional guiding around the South Island. She can provide you with a wealth of information, advice and suggestions on how best to maximise your experience of the West Coast as well as the South Island in general. Jan loves the outdoors and enjoys mountain biking and hiking.
Stephen was born and bred on the West Coast. He has lived here all his life with the exception of a two year break where he lived in the UK, France and Portugal. He also spent six months in Australia. Stephen is very passionate about the West Coast and the wonderful experiences it has to offer visitors. He enjoys mountain biking
as well as kayaking
. Stephen is also a photographer
and doesn't go far without his camera. The photos on the website are all taken by Stephen and many of his images are used for promotional work involving the West Coast under the name Shakey Finger Photography - Stephen Roberts. Stephen is often on site, but as he is a self-employed electrician, he is generally at work during the day. If not, he can be found in the garage tinkering with his mountain bikes or helping out in the gardens.
We have two dogs at Breakers - more fondly known as our children!
Nico is a eleven year old dalmatian and loves the beach, chasing stones, running with the mountain bikes and meeting people. He is a very large dog and extremely affectionate. Nico is quite large as his Mum was brought over from Norway and introduced as a new bloodline in New Zealand. As such he is very gentle and a big softy and loves nothing more than a good cuddle and ear scratching.
Ziggy is an eight year old German Short-haired Pointer and hails originally from Timaru. He enjoys running around the yard with his toys and anyone who will chase him, loves playing on the beach and chasing stones, running with the mountain bikes and playing or snuggling with his big brother Nico.
The "boys" have their own area and do not interact with the guests at Breakers unless they are invited. You will see them playing out on the grounds though and down on the beach - they would like to say "on their beach"!
Private Beach Access
Jan and Stephen describe Breakers as a "little slice of paradise" with its beachfront location
, fantastic sea and mountain views and private track for beach access.
Nine Mile beach at the base of Breakers is quite secluded and easily reached with the direct access from the property. Walk along the beach with the rolling surf and keep an eye out for jade (greenstone), known by the Maori as "Pounamu" that is occasionally washed up on the beach. Nine Mile creek also comes out at the foot of the track in the form of a gorgeous waterfall and when the tide is out there are rock pools to fossick amongst with the starfish and mussels.
Plenty to See and Do
There is much to see and do on the coast with the lush rain forest and the ever-changing Tasman Sea. Both Jan and Stephen enjoy the outdoors and get out in the hills hiking or mountain biking as much as they can. They are constantly exploring the area and love to pass their knowledge and experiences on to their guests and are happy to suggest a number of activities available in the area to suit your level of fitness and skill. Check out our blog
to see where our latest explorations have taken us.
Once you have decided to stay at Breakers, Jan will provide you with some suggested sightseeing stops for your drive to Breakers. If you need further help with the remainder of your itinerary, Jan has an abundance of suggestions and knowledge of the South Island and is happy to help you with your holiday planning.
Little Blue Penguins and West Coast Penguin Trust
Breakers is a great supporter of the West Coast Penguin Trust
as Nine Mile beach is a nesting area for the little blue penguins. Breakers is involved with the stoat trapping programme for the area to ensure the continued survival of the little blue penguins and the abundance of native birds in the area. The penguins are hard to view as they are known to be very shy with humans and travel to sea an hour before the sun comes up and come back to shore an hour after the sun goes down. 50 cents from every room night booking at Breakers is donated to the West Coast Little Blue Penguin Trust.
As with the Blue Penguin Trust, Breakers is donating 50 cents from every room night booking at Breakers to our local SPCA together with our own cash donation. We love animals and feel this is a worthwhile cause - all animals deserve a chance, some loving and good care.