GOLD COAST NZ - Containing the largest town in the heart of the West Coast with most visitor services. Many "See & Do" activities PLUS heaps of adventures with local operators. Read about Greymouth
GLACIERS - Experience the twin glaciers, Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier. Unique & majestic rivers of ice plunging down through rainforest to almost sea level- true wonders of nature. Explore the mesmerising glacial encounters of the Coast.
HOKITIKA The famous "cool little town" of Hokitika hosts a multitude of great shops, galleries and cafes all situated beside a gorgeous beach. The town offers a range of great walks is an entry to the popular West Coast Wilderness Trail. Learn about Hokitika.
THE GREAT COAST ROAD - Unsurpassed views await those that embark on the fabulous Coast Road drive, with spectacular mountain vistas, panoramic ocean seascapes and lush rainforest. Read about the gems along the Great Coast Road.
Welcome to the place where you will see New Zealand just how it was created eons ago. With spectacular West Coast scenery and real Kiwi characters you will experience the kind of holiday that will leave you wanting more.
Take a few moments to enjoy the many highlights and spectacular scenery of the West Coast of the Southern Alps right now!
Stretching 600km across sub tropical rainforest in the north to glaciers and majestic landscapes in the south the West Coast offers something for everyone. Only 70km at its widest point there are beach and forest walks to suit all abilities, eco tourism experiences, caving, rafting, canoeing and kayaking, surfing, jet boating, jet skiing, glacier walks, scenic flights, mountain biking, horse treks, river and sea fishing, gold panning and exploring the old gold and coal mines and ghost towns.
The West Coast is so awe inspiring UNESCO named it a world heritage area.
Need we say more? You need to spend a while to truly discover the West Coast.
The West Coast has 8 unique areas - each with their own character...
From Westport and Karamea in the far north ....Reefton and the Great Coast Road as you head down the Coast.....Greymouth, Lakes District and Jade Country mid way down your epic encounter....and the Glacier Country and Haast in the far south - there are just so many areas to visit!
Discover Nikau palms and semi tropical fruit trees in the north to ice, snow and temperate rainforests in the south. In between are wild coastlines, deserted beaches, dense forests of giant trees, ferns and mosses, big rivers and little creeks, lakes to boat on and walk around, glaciers to explore and the lofty snow covered mountains that form the Southern Alps.
Best of all enjoy the people you meet along the way – for true Kiwi hospitality you can’t go past
Noun; A "Coast-ter" - to wit; a 'hard case', takes 'no bull', says it like it is. Dress sense errs towards the casual, if not outright rustic. Quite parochial about origins. Also fiesty about origins of the beer they drink. Prefers Monteiths. Fond of whitebait. Tends to call any rainfall, other than torrential downpour, a 'light shower'.
Verb; to 'Coast' - means to take it easy...
It takes a while to do travel the West Coast- but take your time - the journey is the best bit.
MUST-SEE THIS SUMMER: PUNAKAIKI PANCAKE ROCKS
You must see one of the most famous sites on The West Coast- Punakaiki's Pancake Rocks & blowholesThese ancient formations are a true wonder of nature - and they really do look like pancakes! Visit Punakaiki.
Mondays and Fridays - the busiest days of the week - will feature three return flights. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays will offer two return flights.
The first flight will leave Westport at 6.15am. The last flight will return at 6.40pm.
Find out more here from: Sounds Air or phone 0800 505 005
Kayaking on Okarito Lagoon has been named by Lonely planet as one of NZ’s 10 unmissable aquatic experiences.
Read all about it here: Lonely Planet Travel Tips and head to Okarito for a fabulous world class rated experience.
EASY CYCLING ON THE WILD SIDE
This fabulous cycling adventure guarantees an outstanding landscape ride through dense rainforest, past glacial rivers and lakes and through wetlands, all the way from the snow-capped mountains of the Southern Alps to the ocean.
The cycle trail can be ridden either in part as a day ride or in its entirety over 4 days. It is graded EASY.
For official information go to Westcoast Wilderness Trail
An exciting and modern museum with both audio/visual and photographic displays complementing the history of the industrial development of the Buller region.