West coast

All weather activities on the West Coast

Whether it’s rain, shine, windy or frosty, you can count on these activities no matter what the weather is doing.

Jan. 23, 2019

Underworld Rafting

Whether it’s rain, shine, windy or frosty, you can count on these activities no matter what the weather is doing.

Coaltown Museum

The Coaltown Museum can be found in the Westport i-SITE and is a must-do for history enthusiasts. Learn about the Denniston Plateau, life on the Coast as a coal miner, the Westport wharf and more.

OutWest Tours

OutWest Tours take place in covered, air-conditioned 4X4 vehicles in the backcountry where you'll learn all about the coal mining history of the area and more!

Underworld Adventures

If you prefer to stay 100% dry, you have to do the Glow Worm Tour. The largest glowworm colony on the planet, this 3.5 hour tour takes you through the cave system of the Kahurangai National Park, so you'll stay dry.

If you want to try your hand at cave rafting, don't worry about the weather, you'll be suited up in a wet suit to keep you warm in the river, it's definitely worth it!

Maruia Hot Springs

Soak in the natural mineral hot pools at Maruia Hot Springs and take in the views of surrounding Lewis Pass. There's a restaurant on-site for you to grab a bite afterward!

Reefton Distilling Co.

Head to Reefton, know as the town of light, for a distillery tour and to try some of Reefton distilling Co's famous Little Biddy Gin.

Monteiths Brewing Co.

Explore the history behind the 151-year-old Monteith's Brewing Co. in Greymouth with a tasty tray, brewery tour and a spot of lunch.


Explore the heritage park in any weather and take a trip on the steam train into the rainforest. Pan for gold or post in historical attired for a picture. Located just south of Greymouth.

The National Kiwi Centre

Right in the centre of Hokitika, The National Kiwi Centre is home to West Coast eels, weta, Tuatura and of course, Kiwi!

On Yer Bike!

The motto at On Yer Bike! is "the muddier, the better!" You'll be equipped with waterproof overalls, helmets and protective eyewear for this super fun quad bike activity.

Explore Lake Mapourika

Glacier Country Kayaks glide across the waters of Lake Mapourika, in both rain and shine. Or if you prefer, for a cruise across Lake Mapourika and try your hand at fishing from a covered boat.

Ross Goldfields Information Centre

If you're a history buff, you need to stop in at Ross. Visit the Ross Goldfields to learn more about the water races, pan for gold undercover, explore the historical courthouse and more!

Farwest Farm Tours

Experience a live milking session in Hari Hari and pat the cows (they love it). If you're lucky, you'll be there during the calving season!

West Coast Wildlife Centre

Get up close with the rare Toekoeka Kiwi or an ancient Tuatara in Franz Josef at the West Coast Wildlife Centre.

Haast River Safari

Rain or shine, you'll be kept absolutely bone dry in the Haast River Safari boat as it's completely covered, all while offering 100% visibility. Zip along the waters of Haast Pass, the mountains will take your breath away.

Waiatoto River Safari

Waiatoto River Safari in Haast can put a top on their boat for you to jet up into back country and take in the stunning mountains of the World Heritage Area.

The Salmon Farm Cafe

Feed the salmons while tucked under the roof of the cafe overlooking the ponds.

All the shopping

There's no doubt that West Coast has an abundance of jade, arts and crafts and galleries, including: