Four Reasons to Love the West Coast


GREYMOUTH -The largest town on the coast, Greymouth is the diverse heart of the West Coast with activities and attractions to suit everyone; it's a place everyone will love. Read about Greymouth


Franz Josef - on the glacier

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 Jade Factory

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.


Coast Road

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.

Experience the Wonder of The West Coast

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.

Discover more great things to do in the West Coast.

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.

 Westport/Karamea, Great Coast Road, Reefton Gold, Greymouth & Grey Valley, Lakes District, Jade Country, Glacier Country, Gates of Haast

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!

Learn more about the 8 regions of the West Coast.

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
a "Coaster"

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.


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.



Visit the Haast - Tokoeka Kiwi Sanctuary

Jet boat safari plus meal voucher at the Iconic Cray Pot restaurant at Jackson Bay with every Adult Fare.

Step aboard Waiatoto River Safari to experience remote remote nature as it was 1000’s of years ago.   Featuring in many guide books such as Lonely Planet and rated a top activity on TripAdvisor this is a Jet Boat tour not to be missed. Guests can stop off en route to Queenstown. 3 tours available each day at 10am, 1pm and 4pm (check in is 30 minutes prior). Length is 2.25 hours exploring the ancient Waiatoto River, beach forest, listening to birds,spotting fish and learning about local history. Meet at Hannahs Homestead, 19km south of Haast Junction at Hannahs Clearing.

Find out more here from:  Waiatoto River Safari or phone 0800 538 723


Christchurch Airport will sponsor the tourism & hospitality section of the 2015 Leading Light Business Excellence Awards.

This was negotiated by Tourism West Coast who wholeheartedly support this great initiative.

Get your entry information today because by going through the various criteria gives you the opportunity to “interrogate your business until it confesses to its strengths”  

 It will help you celebrate growth in the future - go for it! 


and the guidelines here:

Leading Light Guidelines


For further information contact Helen Wilson at Development West Coast



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.

Coaltown Museum covers a large range of interests on different subjects for old and young and is designed to be more “hands on” than most museums, this experience should not be missed.