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Frequently Asked Questions about the West Coast

No doubt about it, when you are travelling on the West Coast you will find friendly locals to help answer your questions. However,  when planning your West Coast holiday, there are some key things you just have to know before you set out! Our FAQ's page will help you find the answers you need.

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Questions about the West Coast

  • What services are available on the West Coast? Greymouth is the largest town on the West Coast and has full medical and dental services, service stations, lawyers, accountants, real estate, service clubs, churches and community organisations as do Westport and Hokitika. Many of the smaller towns on the West Coast have basic services too such as service stations and food stores. The best place to find out what services are available on the West Coast is from our essential services page.
  • How do I order a West Coast Visitor Guide? Please click here to order your visitor guide.
  • What should I do while I'm on the West Coast? There are so many things to do on the West Coast, the only problem you'll have is choosing. Visit our Things To Do page to help you decide. Visitor Information Centres also provide activity information and booking services.  Do use our Journey Planner - To plan and book, add dates and notes and much more click here.
  • How long does it take to get from Point A to Point B? Driving the West Coast is an experience itself. To help you plan your itinerary, see how long it takes to get places by visiting our Travel Distances page.
  • Can I fly into the West Coast? Yes, there are two major airports on the West Coast. You can fly with Air New Zealand into Westport via Wellington or Hokitika via Christchurch. There are also rental car companies available at the Airport however we would recommend pre-booking. 
  • What other ways can I get to the West Coast?  There are heaps of options.   Take the TranzAlpine train - listed as one of the top 6 train journeys in the world - and enjoy a relaxing, stunningly scenic ride to and from the coast.    Rental cars are a great option for those wanting to self drive.   Coach tours come regularly, and there are public transport systems operating regularly from all neigbouring regions, including a locally run bus service
  • What are the driving conditions like during the winter months to get to the West Coast? Winter on the West Coast is very special, crystal clear days and fresh snow on the mountains. Visit our Weather & Climate page to see what driving conditions are like in winter. Our Touring Routes page can give you information about the routes.
  • What is cellphone coverage like on the West Coast? View our handy cellphone coverage map to see where there is cellphone coverage on the West Coast.


 Hokitika Airport

 Serenity on the West Coast   The Bearded Miners   Sunset 


 Fishing on the Beach