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MAWHERA GREY DISTRICT

TranzAlpine

The TranzAlpine is rated as one of the world’s best train journeys, travelling from one coast of New Zealand to the other, over the spectacular Southern Alps.
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WESTPORT KARAMEA

Natural Wonders - Karamea -Westport

Here is a list of our favourite natural wonders on the West Coast. They are listed from north to south to help you find them. For other natural wonders to visit, ask the local iSites or even a local, they will be happy to share their favourite spots.
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JADE COUNTRY HOKITIKA WESTLAND

Hokitika Museum

$2.50 - $5
The Hokitika Museum is a regional museum located in the heart of Westland and housed in the historic Carnegie Building.
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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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GREAT COAST ROAD

The Nile River Rainforest Train

$15 - $20
The Nile River Rainforest Train Is a short interpretative train journey through primeval rain forest whilst seated in small open sided carriages.
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MAWHERA GREY DISTRICT

Blackball Salami Company Limited

Blackball Salami Company Limited
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JADE COUNTRY HOKITIKA WESTLAND

West Coast Cycling - Jade Country

Walk or mountain bike along the western shores of Lake Kaniere through lush lakeside forest, passing many picturesque bays and numerous forest streams.
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LAKES DISTRICT

Lake Brunner Service Centre

7 day on the Spot Dairy
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GLACIER COUNTRY

White Heron Sanctuary Tours

A unique experience to visit New Zealand’s only white heron nesting site in the Waitangi roto Nature Reserve.
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Skydive Franz

$319 - $559
Take your skydive experience to "The Next Level"
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REEFTON GOLD

West Coast Mountain Biking - Reefton Gold

The old gold miners, timber millers and horse packers of the West Coast knew how to build a track and make it last. After all, their money was riding on these tracks. Nowadays, many of these historic tracks can still be ridden, but with a more sophisticated ride - a mountain bike. Track surfaces range from smooth wide gravel to benched single track to muddy and rocky 4WD roads. There is terrain suitable for all abilities so get out there amongst it and enjoy the hard work of those pioneers.
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WESTPORT KARAMEA

The Old Ghost Road

The 80km-long Old Ghost Road traverses majestic native forest, open tussock tops, river flats and forgotten valleys, providing days of adventure and spectacular huts for mountain bikers and trampers.
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MAWHERA GREY DISTRICT

Garth Wilson Jade

$30 - $10,000
If you want a special piece of authentic Maori pounamu ( jade or greenstone ) then come and visit Garth in his studio / gallery.
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HAAST-LIVING ON THE EDGE

Waiatoto River Safari

$139 - $199
Waiatoto River Safari. Ocean to the Mountains 2.5 hours of extraordinary nature and exceptional beauty only seen on this trip.
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HAAST-LIVING ON THE EDGE

Natural Wonders of Haast

For other natural wonders to visit, ask the local iSites or even a local, they will be happy to share their favourite spots.
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Moraine Walk

FREE
Moraines are the debris of rocks and stones left when a glacier retreats.
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JADE COUNTRY HOKITIKA WESTLAND

Westcoast Treetop Walk and Cafe

$38
Walk The Treetops!
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MAWHERA GREY DISTRICT

Stewart Nimmo Gallery

Discover Stewart Nimmo’s unique West Coast imagery.
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HAAST-LIVING ON THE EDGE

Must See & Do Haast

Four Reasons to Love The Gates of Haast Westland Area
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Okarito Boat Tours & Cottages

$45 - $85
Super….Natural….Okarito…Sit back and relax as you are transported from land to the tranquil waters of the Okarito lagoon and rainforest waterways to view the birds, ancient plants and trees and the untouched landscape that combine to make the Okarito – so “magic”.
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Glacier Helicopters Franz Josef Glacier

$225 - $405
Discover the glacier wonderland on close-up scenic flights with Glacier Helicopters.
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Glacier Country Helicopters Ltd.

Welcome to the ultimate helicopter experience in New Zealand. The gateway to the famous glacier region, best accessed by helicopter.
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JADE COUNTRY HOKITIKA WESTLAND

Ross Goldfields Information & Heritage Centre

A small community owned and operated centre.
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HAAST-LIVING ON THE EDGE

Haast Heli

Haast HeliServices providing a professional Helicopter service
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REEFTON GOLD

Inland Adventures

$100 - $220
If you are looking at going rafting on some great New Zealand rivers, spending time in the outdoors, or taking the family out for a splash you have come to the right place.
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GLACIER COUNTRY

River Walk

FREE
Enjoy this pleasant short walk and get a great view of the glacier and the opportunity to cross a historic suspension bridge.
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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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HAAST-LIVING ON THE EDGE

Haast River Safari

Adult = $NZ132.00
Student = $NZ95.00 (13-18 Years)
Child = $NZ55.00 (5-12 Years)
Infant = FOC (0-4 years) at discretion of parents
We offer visitors a rare opportunity to experience the untouched natural beauty of Te Wāhipounamu - World Heritage Area, while traveling in one of our custom designed fully enclosed jet boats.
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GREAT COAST ROAD

The Charleston GlowWorm Cave Tour

$85 - $105
The Charleston Gloworm Cave Tour takes visitors by “Rainforest Train” in to the magnificent rain forest of the Nile River Canyon to explore the enormous Nile River Cave System.
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Fox Glacier Guiding New Zealand

$49 - $399
New Zealand's most experienced glacier guiding company, offer spectacular guided glacier walks, heli-hikes and mountaineering on the West Coast's longest & less crowded glacier - the Fox Glacier.
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MAWHERA GREY DISTRICT

Shantytown

$15.50 - $31.50
Observe and participate in some great New Zealand stories and explore the heart of the nation at Shantytown. Engaging, interactive activities in a heritage setting.
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HAAST-LIVING ON THE EDGE

Haast Beach General Store

Visit Haast's original General Store, run as a family business for nearly 50 years, located just across from the beach.
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Glacier Souvenir Shop in Franz Josef

You’ll find our Glacier shop in the Franz Josef Glacier township, a 30 minute drive north of Fox Glacier.
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HAAST-LIVING ON THE EDGE

The Salmon Farm Cafe

Salmon Farm licensed café specializing in fresh and smoked salmon products
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GLACIER COUNTRY

West Coast Wildlife Centre

$15 - $60
West Coast Wildlife Centre is the home of the official breeding programme for the world's rarest kiwi called the Rowi and NOW the Haast Kiwi !
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HAAST-LIVING ON THE EDGE

Haast Heritage & History

Learn about the gold, timber, coal, Maori and aviation history of the West Coast at the many heritage sites on the West Coast.
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Franz Josef Heliservices

$160 - $420
Scenic helicopter flights and snow landings above the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers.
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MAWHERA GREY DISTRICT

Grey Aquatic & Westland Recreation Centre

Grey Aquatic Centre
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Glacier Hot Pools

$23 - $125
Nestled in lush rainforest, lulled by the sound of gently cascading water, The Glacier Hot Pools invites you to leave your day to day worries behind & submerge yourself in deliciously warm water.
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Glacier Helicopters Fox Glacier

$225 - $405
Discover the glacier wonderland on close-up scenic flights with Glacier Helicopters.
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Andris Apse Gallery

$1 - $8
We showcase the work of Internationally-renowned Landscape Photographer Andris Apse.
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JADE COUNTRY HOKITIKA WESTLAND

Arahura Greenstone Tours

This fabulous uniquely original tour will lead you on a journey of discovery along the Arahura River - known as one of the richest sources of Pounamu (Greenstone) in New Zealand.
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LAKES DISTRICT

Hertige & History - Lakes District

Learn about the gold, timber, coal, Maori and aviation history of the West Coast at the many heritage sites on the West Coast.
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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

Beaches, Lakes & Coastlines -

Scotts Beach, Karamea
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Skydive Fox Glacier

$299 - $578
Skydive from 16,000ft above the West Coast glaciers with Skydive Fox Glacier.
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MAWHERA GREY DISTRICT

Side Track Tours

John Kennedy head guide of Side Track Tours, has worked in the tourism and hospitality industry for over 30 years and has an extensive history in tour guiding.
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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

West Coast Beaches, Lakes & Coast Lines - Great Coast Road

Driving the Great Coast Road
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GLACIER COUNTRY

The Helicopter Line Fox Glacier

$225 - $405
The Helicopter Line can offer you spectacular close-up views on a scenic flight to explore and discover the dramatic expanse of the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and snowfields.
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MAWHERA GREY DISTRICT

Monteiths Brewing Company

$18 - $30
From humble origins in 1868, the Monteith’s family-owned Phoenix Brewery became the West Coast’s most popular brewery for its strong tasting, full-bodied ale.
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JADE COUNTRY HOKITIKA WESTLAND

Mountain Jade Hokitika

Hokitika is the home of Pounamu.
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GLACIER COUNTRY

PETR HLAVACEK GALLERY IN WHATAROA

Photographic gallery of worldwide published, renowned New Zealand landscape photographer Petr Hlavacek.
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HAAST-LIVING ON THE EDGE

Haast Walks

The best way to experience the West Coast of the Southern Alps, New Zealand is to simply get out there amongst it. There are so many hikes and trails to choose from that time is your only limiting factor. From full on multi-day tramps to a ten-minute amble to a picturesque spot, you will find a West Coast walk to suit your ability and time frame.
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GREAT COAST ROAD

Underworld Rafting

$165
Underworld Rafting: Is a “Cave Rafting Adventure” in the Paparoa National Park.
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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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GLACIER COUNTRY

Franz Josef Heli-Hike

Combine two awesome scenic helicopter flights over Franz Josef glacier with a unique guided walk among the ice cave, pinnacles and seracs of this pristine alpine environment.
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JADE COUNTRY HOKITIKA WESTLAND

The Gold Room

As found West Coast gold nuggets and flakes crafted into stunning jewellery.
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HAAST-LIVING ON THE EDGE

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

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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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

Franz Josef Glacier Guides

$85 - $429
We lead novice clients into glacier terrain normally only seen by experienced mountaineers, and are committed to providing the most spectacular and rewarding trips available.
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Matheson Cafe & Reflectionz Gifts & Gallery

One of N.Z.’s greatest scenic icons, Lake Matheson, lies just six kilometres from Fox Glacier, renowned for its stunning reflections of Aoraki/Mt Cook and Mt Tasman.
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HAAST-LIVING ON THE EDGE

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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GREAT COAST ROAD

Adventure Caving

$330
An adventure truly not for the faint hearted. As the name states, Adventure Caving is full on expedition style caving.
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MAWHERA GREY DISTRICT

Kereru Crafts

Put together by owner/operator Colin Luff, this gallery features some of the West Coast's best local artists.
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MAWHERA GREY DISTRICT

History House Museum Greymouth

Adults $6.00 Children $2.00 Discounts available for seniors/students/family groups
Discover how the pioneers lived and developed the West Coast. Research facilities available.
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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

Buller Swing Bridge

$5 to $105
Welcome to a place of excitement and adventure......
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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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JADE COUNTRY HOKITIKA WESTLAND

Westland Greenstone

Westland Greenstone specialises in the design and manufacture of quality New Zealand Jade Jewellery, Sculptures and Ornaments.
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WESTPORT KARAMEA

The Denniston Experience

The Gorge Express:
Adult $45.00*
Child (10 to 15 years) $25
Child (5 to 9 years) $20
Under 5 years - FREE
* 10% discount for senior citizens/goldcard holders

Underground Union Experience:
Adult $100.00*
Child (10 to 15 years) $50.00
Child (5 to 9 years) $35.00
* 10% discount for senior citizens/goldcard holders
Enjoy a fully guided tour into an original 1880's underground coal mine.
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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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MAWHERA GREY DISTRICT

Station Souvenir & Gifts - Greymouth i- SITE

The Station Souvenir & Gift Shop is situated in the Railway Station along with the Greymouth i-SITE.
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Air Safaris Franz Josef

$250 - $425
Our Grand Traverse scenic flight from Franz Josef provides the best way to experience this glacial environment in its entirety.
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JADE COUNTRY HOKITIKA WESTLAND

Hokitika Gorge

Free
Sometimes you see photos of a tourist spot and think yeah right, it can’t look as good as that in real life. The Hokitika Gorge is really does look that good.. if not better.
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Minnehaha Walk

Free
This delightful short walk follows a stream through the rainforest. Glow worms can be seen along the trail.
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JADE COUNTRY HOKITIKA WESTLAND

The National Kiwi Centre

View live Kiwi in a wonderful natural setting.
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GLACIER COUNTRY

West Coast Cycling - Glacier Country

Walk or cycle through bush from Franz Josef township to the Franz Josef Glacier car park.
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Lord of the Rings Location

Lighting of the beacons that run along The White Mountains (Ered Nimrais) from Gondor to Rohan was filmed at Mount Gunn, near Franz Josef, West Coast.
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Fox Glacier Heliservices

$150 - $340
Scenic helicopter flights and snow landings above the Fox Glacier.
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Hertiage & History - Glacier Country

Learn about the gold, timber, coal, Maori and aviation history of the West Coast at the many heritage sites on the West Coast
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JADE COUNTRY HOKITIKA WESTLAND

Eco Rafting Adventures

High quality heli-rafting tours. Something for everyone from scenic floats to extreme grade 5. Also offering adventure fishing, overnight expeditions & customised trips.
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GLACIER COUNTRY

The Helicopter Line Franz Josef Glacier

$225 - $405
The Helicopter Line can offer you spectacular close-up views on a scenic flight to explore and discover the dramatic expanse of the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and snowfields.
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HAAST-LIVING ON THE EDGE

Santana Gifts

West Coast clothing, accessories and souvenirs
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REEFTON GOLD

Heritage & History - Reefton Gold

Learn about the gold, timber, coal, Maori and aviation history of the West Coast at the many heritage sites on the West Coast.
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LAKES DISTRICT

Moana Trout Fishing Safari

Guided fishing trips.
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HAAST-LIVING ON THE EDGE

Greenstone Helicopters

South Westland's wild and undisturbed landscape is deemed to have natural and cultural features of such world significance, it is now protected in the 2.6 million hectare, South Westland World Heritage Area.
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WESTPORT KARAMEA

Coaltown Museum

Coaltown is brand- new museum dedicated to telling the stories of the pioneers who battled our rugged environment in search of a better life.
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Across Country Quad Bikes

$70 - $415
The only quad bike ride in New Zealand with glacial views and the thrill of riding through West Coast dense rainforest, riverbeds and glorious mud to emerge at an ancient terminal moraine and an outstanding view of the Franz Josef Glacier.
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MAWHERA GREY DISTRICT

West Coast Wilderness Trail

Free
The West Coast Wilderness Trail provides a unique immersion into the nature and the people of the West Coast. 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.
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MAWHERA GREY DISTRICT

On Yer Bike!

$15 - $185
Action packed off road adventures for all ages through 300 acres of West Coast rainforest and farm.
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HAAST-LIVING ON THE EDGE

Curly Tree Whitebait Company

We are based in the heart of West Coast whitebait country 10 Kms north of Haast at the Waita river.
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