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October 18, 2018

South Of The Barber… But No Hair Cutting Involved!

Filed under: GREYMOUTH,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,West Coast /Westland Province — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

We have reached our destination for the evening: Greymouth.

Since this trip was planned only the day before, and it’s “high season” for the travelling tourist, last minute accommodation was difficult to find.

We eventually found “South of the Barber”, a Hostel.

Victor and his wife are a married couple with small children who have sunk everything into a large villa on the hill, turning it into an amazing place.

The downside of booking late is that the only room left for four people (there were no separate rooms left either) contained a pair of bunk beds.

I am of course not climbing up any sort of ladder so I got first dibs on one of the bottom bunks, the kids were left to squabble over the other one until Himself and I remembered the family room incident in the hotel we stayed in Germany when we went to LEGOLAND.

Little Mr has a tendency to sleepwalk when he is anxious about something, or when he is not in his own bed at home. We would regularly travel and have him come and “visit” during the night, even coming and putting his arms around my necks for a hug on one occasion (sweet, but rather off-putting when you are awoken from a deep sleep).

The Germany incident involved him sleepwalking out of the top bunk and landing on the floor, but thankfully taking all of the bedding he was wrapped up in, with him. That cushioned his fall and he made a sleepy muttering to the tune of “what happened?” and promptly went back to sleep.  Himself picked him up and put him next to me in the double, then changed places and took the top bunk for the rest of the night.

Recalling nothing of the nights events, Little Mr was more than a little confused finding himself in a different bed the next morning. Realising that the kid had unknowingly had a very close shave,  Himself and I resolved that Little Mr should stick to beds closer to the floor from now on, so the beds were allocated via parental intervention despite Kiwi Daughters mutters of discontent.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Victor is a mine of information and amazingly helpful. Usually guests are required to park on the street below the house, there is a tiny parking space at the top of the ridiculously steep drive (Himself and I looked at the drive and then my wheelchair and laughed in a “you have to be kidding, no way in God’s green earth” sort of way) and then at the steps out the front in a similar fashion.

Luckily we could park up top squeezed in next to the  drive and I could go with crutches in and out via the back door.

There is a large wall map of this area of the coast and photographs from spots within this area, also information folders. Victor himself is a mine of information, friendly and welcoming, full of tips about travel, the area and places to see.

The hostel has Remu (a beautiful New Zealand hardwood with a warm colouring) floors and fittings, and many of it’s original character features. It has buckets of charm, but obviously also needs buckets of cash to run, heat in winter, maintain etc.

It’s a recent acquisition and labour of love for the owners, and judging by the number of summer reservations, it’s busy too. The bedrooms are clean and bright but for a family of four in one little room it was a tight squeeze. On the other hand we are only sleeping here and for such a last minute deal we were lucky to have a bed at all. “Beggars can’t be choosers” as the saying goes. There is an internal flight of stairs for me to negotiate but this just meant getting Little Mr to run upstairs to fetch stuff I needed before I went up for bed myself later in the evening. There is one last part of the building I haven’t photographed here, but that’s for tomorrows post…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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South of the Barber Accommodation
15 Alexander St, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand

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