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Four Reasons to Love the West Coast


Mawhera - Heart of the West Coast - 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


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 TO WESTPORT - 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. The West Coast is full of history take a tour back in time. 

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 feisty 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.

Share your journey via our hashtag on social media #westcoastnz



Head north of Karamea into the the Kahurangi National Park with Oparara Experience to tour through the honey comb caves, view the moa bones and stand beneath the Oparara Arch. This area is millions of years old and has been left in undistrubed isolation making it a must see.


Health and Safety message: New Zealand is a beautiful place but it does have risks, hazards and dangers. Please enjoy our country responsibly and know your own limits.


Official Hashtags

West Coast region: #westcoastnz

Wildfoods Festival: #‎ATasteOfTheWild


The year 2015 the South Island broke weather records - Greymouth more sunshine hours than Auckland!


Stay and Play in Westport with this great deal


The Denniston Mine Experience - Reopen

Enjoy a guided tour into an original 1880’s underground coal mine where advanced audio and visuals bring the experience alive.

Have a go at your allocated mining job, hewer, trucker ….

Watch a ghostly miner hologram to understand the harsh life of an old time Denniston coal miner. 

Bookings essential

Freephone: 0800 881 880



NZs Favourite Places to Cycle

NZ's Favourite Places to Cycle all about getting Kiwis to identify, share and celebrate their favourite places to cycle throughout this beautiful country of ours. These places can be an off-road or adventure trail, a city trail, part of the official NZ Cycle Trail, or even better, some place we are yet to discover!

In 2015 thousands of nominations and votes were received, with the esteemed title of 'NZ's Favourite Place to Cycle' going to The Redwoods (Whakarewarewa Forest) in Rotorua. The Redwoods also took out the category win for 'NZ's favourite 'off-road/adventure ride'. Other category winners included:

  • Nga Haerenga - NZ Cycle Trail: Otago Rail Trail
  • Urban Trail or Commute: Taupo lake front trails
  • On-Road Ride: Taupo and surrounds

Nominations are open so enter now to be in the draw to win a $500 bike store voucher!

Voting runs from 2-29 February 2016. On 2 March, once the votes are tallied, Bike Wise will announce the winner of NZ's overall Favourite Place to Cycle 2016.

Use the Bike Wise resources to help promote the competition in your area.

Let us know if you've got any questions or comments: email us or call the Bike Wise freephone - 0508 BY BIKE (29 2453).


Our Preferred Insurance Broker

West Coast Insurance

a division of

Locally based Insurance Brokers on the West Coast for over 20 Years!

For free and professional no obligation quotations or advice please call our friendly team:

Local Office - 03 768 4451

Nathan Monachan - 027 522 0500

Visit - www.runacres.co.nz


Look what the Greymouth & Hokitika i-Site  have new in stock. Fresh off the printer, the new West Coast Wilderness Trail Guide.

Full of great information whether you are planning a day trip with the kids or a full on trip this guide can help you.

Pop in today to pick up your copy for only $10


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