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West Coast beaches, lakes & coastlines

Stretching North to South some 600km - the same distance from Auckland to Wellington -  the West Coast of the Southern Alps, New Zealand is a long, thin piece of paradise no wider than 70km at any one point.

The wild Tasman Sea pounds its coastline on one side while the Southern Alps provide a stunning mountain backdrop on the other. The vast coastline of the West Coast offers a wide range of opportunities for walks, activities, wildlife viewing and good old relaxation.

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WESTPORT & KARAMEA

Scotts Beach, Karamea

Scotts Beach in Karamea has stunning seascapes and amazing views. The big plus is you will probably have the beach all to yourself.
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HAAST-WORLD HERITAGE AREA

Beaches, Lakes & Coastlines Haast

Coastal exploration on the West Coast is suitable for the whole family and offers a wide variety of coastal activities. Here is a list of just some of the great things you can experience along the West Coast.
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LAKES DISTRICT

Lake Brunner

Moana near Greymouth, West Coast
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LAKES DISTRICT

Moana Trout Fishing Safari

Guided fishing trips.
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GREAT COAST ROAD

Great Coast Road

Driving the Great Coast Road
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Glacier Country Lake Tours

$115 - $200
Join us for a Scenic Cruise or Fishing Charter on Lake Mapourika - just minutes from Franz Josef Glacier.  Lake Mapourika's mirror-like water boasts panoramic views of the Southern Alps and Glaciers.
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WESTPORT & KARAMEA

Tauranga Bay Fur Seal Colony

Free
A short walk with spectacular ocean views, steeple rocks, and a large year-round fur seal colony.
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GREAT COAST ROAD

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blow Holes

Free
The pancake rocks are the most visited natural attraction on the West Coast with good reason. These ancient formations are a true wonder of nature - and they really do look like pancakes!
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Lake Matheson

Free
The unsurpassed views and mountain reflections from the forested shores of Lake Matheson make this easy walk one of the most popular on the West Coast.
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WESTPORT & KARAMEA

Bazils Hostel & Surf School

Welcome to Bazil's Hostel & Surf School on the stunning West Coast, your gateway to hiking, kayaking, surfing, mountain biking and caving adventures. centrally located in town, close to bars, shops and cafés.
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Glacier Country Kayaks

Join us on a unique kayak adventure and kiwi sanctuary tour just minutes from Franz Josef Glacier! Sandwiched between the mountains and the sea, Lake Mapourika was created by the retreating Franz Josef Glacier some 14,000 years ago.
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