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West Coast national parks

It can take a while for nature to have its way - about 20 million years, give or take. On the West Coast of the Southern Alps, New Zealand discover an abundance of nature so astounding, it'll leave an impression for years to come. With five national parks, two kiwi sanctuaries and a southern landscape so awe-inspiring UNESCO named it a world heritage site, the West Coast is truly nature at its most raw and spectacular.

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GREAT COAST ROAD

Adventure Caving

$350
An adventure truly not for the faint hearted. As the name states, Adventure Caving is full on expedition style caving.
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HAAST-WORLD HERITAGE AREA

National Parks

Read below to see what Kahurangi, Paparoa, Arthurs Pass, Westland Tai Poutini and Mount Aspiring National Parks, two West Coast kiwi sanctuaries and the Te Wahipounamu - South West New Zealand UNESCO World Heritage Site have to offer.
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WESTPORT & KARAMEA

The Heaphy Track

Children - Free. Adults $14 to $32
One of New Zealand’s nine great walks, the Heaphy Track, finishes (or starts, depending on which way you’re heading) at Karamea. The 82-kilometre, four-day tramp attracts visitors from all over the world every year. Many people choose to walk only to the first or second huts on the track instead of walking its entire length. The huts, Heaphy and Lewis, are Department of Conservation-maintained bush cabins with gas cooking facilities, open fires, bunks with mattresses, large camping grounds, toilets and running-water facilities.
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Alpine Fault Tours

$15 - $40
To make your experience of New Zealand’s Glacier Country complete, you must see how the power of the colliding Pacific and Australian continental plates have created the awesome Alps of Westland.
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers

One of only two places in the world where you can view glaciers descending into temperate rainforest and the most accessible glaciers in the world make the Glacier Country a "must do".
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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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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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WESTPORT & KARAMEA

Oparara Experience

Join us on one of our guided eco tours amongst the pristine rainforest and limestone caves of the unique Oparara Basin. Several tour options available.
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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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