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Trade and media information for West Coast, New Zealand.

Only 70km at its widest point, the West Coast is sandwiched between the sea and mountains, including New Zealand’s two highest, Aoraki/Mt Cook and Mt Tasman.


The majestic mountains of the Southern Alps have made the West Coast the unique destinations it is – providing its abundant resources and spectacular scenery.

As the mountains began forming millions of years ago they produced precious gold and pounamu (New Zealand Jade) deposits that brought Māori and pioneers to the region and gave birth to the Coast’s rich history.

Nature also carved dramatic glacial valleys to form two of the world’s most unique and accessible glaciers.

In between there are beach and forest walks to suit all ages and 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 historic ghost towns.

Need we say more? It takes a while to do the West Coast justice, but the journey is definitely the best bit.

Feeling Social

We have a strong social media network, with passionate fans who enjoy all kinds of images from around our region - especially those big scenery shots! While you are out and about in West Coast include #westcoastnz in your social media posts to leverage off a group of people who are actively engaged with the region.

Travel Trade Visits

Development West Coast encourages international travel sellers and inbound tour operators to experience our wonderful region year-round. There are varying levels of support available, so feel free to contact us at any stage to ask about assistance with activities, accommodation, site inspections and more.
Karamea to Haast Famils.

Development West Coast assists in the development of key partner famils for New Zealand inbound tour operators, international wholesalers, travel sellers, and airlines. If you have staff that would benefit from visiting our city and region, please get in touch so we can discuss your specific needs and determine what assistance may be available to you.

Virtual Tours through the West Coast

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Touring Routes

Must do experiences