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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.

It takes a while to do travel the West Coast- but take your time - the journey is the best bit.


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.

The colouring-in trend for adults is sweeping the globe and now the West Coast is part of the action!

Colouring-in books for adults have shot to the top of Amazon’s best-seller list with 7 of the top 20 best-selling books being colouring-in titles.
Tourism West Coast has created three 'holiday for the mind' colouring-in images of iconic West Coast locations. Adults can unleash their creative side while planning their next West Coast adventure.
Tourism West Coast collaborated with local designer, Aldous Kelly from Yokel Design to re-create photos into detailed colouring-in pages for each regional destination, Buller - Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, Grey - TranzAlpine train and Westland - Glacier Heli-Hike.

 Grey - Adult Colouring 
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 Buller -  Adult Coloring 
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 Westland - Adult Colouring 
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How to Enter?

Click on the download links above, print on A4 landscape. You can also pick up printed versions at the Westport, Greymouth and Hokitika i-SITEs.

Get colouring - relax and get daydreaming about your next West Coast adventure.

Once completed you can enter in any of the following ways:

Drop off at the Westport, Greymouth or Hokitika i-SITE's

Post to Tourism West Coast, PO Box 490, Greymouth 7805

Email to info@westcoast.co.nz


To showcase your entry take a photo/scan and upload to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #westcoastnz and we might just share it around for the world to see.

Please have all entries in for judging by midday (NZ time) Tuesday 16th February 2016.

Thank you to our fantastic supporters who have donated the following West Coast prizes:


1 nights accommodation in one of their Executive Spa Suites. Value up to $185

Our guest rooms at Coleraine Mote in Greymouth feature all the comforts of home with that added touch of class that makes your stay just that little bit special. All our rooms are tastefully decorated with original art and local photography. Within The Executive Spa Suite we offer visitors the perfect place to relax and pamper themselves with features such as a flatscreen television, DVD player, Sky TV with 50+channels, free wireless internet connection, audio stereo unit, snack bar, dining table and chairs, large lounge chairs, king size bed and alarm clock/radio, private patios, a comfortable king size bed and double spa bath.


Fox Glacier Guiding

1 Flying Fox: Helihike. Value of $399

The fly-in, fly-out helihike combines the excitement of walking on the Fox Glacier with the thrill of helicopter flights. Suitable for children from 9 years old. By flying in you are able to access and explore a part of the glacier where its forces work hardest and often create spectacular ice caves and arches. Equipped with leather boots and other equipment, you board the helicopter for your first flight over the pinnacles of the lower icefall. Here, the ice is in constant motion. Take in views of the dramatic upper icefall and Victoria Falls, which is the melt river of the hidden Victoria glacier, before landing. Your landing site on the ice is a remote and exceptionally beautiful part of the glacier. At this stage, your guide outfits you with crampons, specially designed for these ice conditions and you follow the ice steps cut by your guide as you explore the amazing formations and ice caves which are only seen here. Each departure is a true voyage of exploration. There are so many changing features that the guides always find something new. Weather permitting, ice time is up to 3 hours.



Christchurch and Greymouth return trip for 2 Adults onboard the TranzAlpine train. Up to the value of $278

The trip of a lifetime. Climb aboard one of the world’s most famous train journeys, between Christchurch and Greymouth. Cross the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, and enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as you travel alongside the ice-fed Waimakariri River. Traverse the mighty Southern Alps, where spectacular views of the chiselled alpine landscape will take your breath away at every turn. Descend through thick stands of native beech forest to your destination, Greymouth – a great base for exploring this unspoiled region with its mighty glaciers, wild rivers and famous Punakaiki pancake rocks.


On Yer Bike!

1hour Enchanted Forest Adventure on a Double Buggy for 2 people. Value of $225

On Yer Bike! Off Road Adventures in Greymouth, New Zealand offer an action packed wild West Coast adventure. A magical mix of mud, water and inviting trails to give you a satisfying taste of real off-roading on our sturdy, mud-loving 1 or 2-seater Buggies. Explore this enchanted place deep in the forest. You’ll see tall native trees, birdlife, and maybe some wild deer tracks. Driver must be 16 years+ and passengers 3 years+.


Shantytown Heritage Park

2x Family Passes to the Shantytown Heritage Park and Gold Panning. Total value of $240

Living history in a recreated gold-rush village. Real experiences, real stories and a warm welcome await you at Shantytown, Greymouth. Catch gold fever and pan for your own gold. Our gold panning team will tutor you to find your own piece of 'colour'. Or you can try your hand at 'wild' panning, grab a pan and haul your own shingle out of the sluice area, then pan in the ponds - try your luck, nuggets have been found in them thar hills. Family pass includes 2 Adults and up to 4 children 5 – 17years.


The West Coast Treetop Walkway and Café

4x Individual Entry Passes to the West Coast Treetop Walkway. Total value of $150

Based 15 minutes drive south of Hokitika enjoy this exhilarating treetop adventure among temperate rainforest giants. Experience life with the birds high in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi tree canopy. Easy access for all to enjoy along a steel platform 20 metres high and over 450 metres long. Enjoy a leisurely 45 minute to one hour stroll through the beautiful West Coast rainforest tree tops. 1 pass per winner.


Waitoto River Safari

1x Family Pass on Waitoto River Safari. Value of $537

Discover the world’s first and only ocean to alps eco-jet boat adventure exploring Te Wahipounamu.
The South-West New Zealand world heritage area near Haast. Premier Jet boat tour of 2.25 hours including optional bush walk. Recommended by many guidebooks, including Lonely Plant and enjoyed by thousands. Pause for photos and an informative commentary on your journey up the river. Leave the boat to stretch your legs at the forest edge for departing on your return journey. Suitable for all ages.


Lake Brunner Resort

1 nights accommodation in one of their Studio Suites. Value of $150

From your room you can relax overlooking spectacular views and relax in a place where time has no meaning. At Lake Brunner Resort you are a guaranteed a warm West Coast welcome that perfectly completes its comfortable and modern accommodation. Situated in the centre of the township of Moana, the Lake Brunner Resort offers a range of accommodation options to suit your needs.



Terms and Conditions apply.
You do not need to complete all 3 images to enter. Use any medium to colour the image with. Do not deface the image with inappropriate extras.The competition is open to Coasters, Kiwis, tourists and internationals. Enter as many times as you like. Winner will be drawn Tue 16th February 2016. Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash. Judges decision is final.



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


West Coast Colouring In Competition

All details at the bottom of the homepage of www.westcoast.co.nz.

Great West Coast prizes can be won, just choose one of the images that showcase the 3 districts of the West Coast region and enter via post or drop into 3 i-SITEs on the West Coast.

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


Holiday hotspot face-off: Mackenzie Country vs West Coast

Come on every one lets get the top Holiday hotspot we can do this.

Vote here

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).





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.



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