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If you are driving anywhere along the West Coast, you are bound to see some coastline. The roads hug much of the West Coast and where it doesn't you are often afforded coastal views from ranges and viewpoint

Coastal exploration on the West Coast is suitable for the whole family and offers a wide variety of coastal activities:

  • Beachcombing: There is something so special about walking a beach. Search for pounamu (jade) or just enjoy a stunning sunset.
  • Coastal Walks: The West Coast has a huge array of coastal walks available.
  • Fishing: Surfcasting or fishing from a boat out to sea is a great way to have some fun as well as hopefully get your dinner
  • Wildlife viewing: Many animals make their home on the coast including penguins, dolphins and NZ fur seals.
  • National Parks & Natural Wonders: Kahurangi, Paparoa and Westland Tai Poutini all have coastlines within their boundaries.
  • Coastal towns: Discover the personality of the West Coast’s coastal towns - Hokitika in the central area and Jackson Bay in the South.

FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

Glacier Country Kayaks

$85 - $540
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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FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

Ōkārito walks

FREE
Ōkārito is a coastal settlement with stunning wetlands to explore.
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HOKITIKA - COOL LITTLE TOWN

Hokitika region walks

FREE
The Hokitika, Kumara and Ross area is packed with stunning walks that range from easy to moderate. Take in the Southern alps as you explore by foot.
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HOKITIKA - COOL LITTLE TOWN

West Coast Scenic Waterways

$5 - $90
Enjoy freedom kayaking or a cruise aboard the Eco Adventurer. Capture the picturesque beauty of the Mahinapua waterways along the original route used by pioneers, gold diggers and early explorers.
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GREY DISTRICT - MAWHERA THE HEART OF THE WEST COAST

Greymouth walks

FREE
Greymouth has plenty of walkways in the area to explore by foot.
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HOKITIKA - COOL LITTLE TOWN

Glacier Rafting

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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FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

Okarito lagoon and beach

Okarito Lagoon is New Zealand's largest unmodified wetland. A coastal lagoon, it is 130 kms south of Hokitika, covering an area of about 12km.
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MOANA - LAKE BRUNNER

Lake Brunner

Moana is a town that sits on the edge of Lake Brunner near Greymouth, West Coast.
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HAAST-WORLD HERITAGE AREA

Haast River Safari

Adults $109
Children (15 yrs & under) $59
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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MOANA - LAKE BRUNNER

Lake Brunner walks

Walks in the Lake Brunner area on the West Coast.
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REEFTON - THE TOWN OF LIGHT

Inland Adventures

$120 - 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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HOKITIKA - COOL LITTLE TOWN

Hokitika Gorge

Free
The Hokitika Gorge is 33kms from Hokitika. The vivid turquoise water surrounded by lush native bush is well worth a visit.
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WESTPORT AND KARAMEA

Bazils Hostel & Surf School

$32 - $100
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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FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

Gillespies Beach

Gillespies Beach, out of Fox Glacier, offers a scenic drive, lovely views of the Southern Alps, an historic cemetery and many coastal walks.
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PUNAKAIKI - THE GREAT COAST ROAD

Pancake Rocks and Blowholes

Free
The pancake rocks in Punakaiki are the most visited natural attraction on the West Coast with good reason, they really do look like pancakes!
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FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - 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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HAAST-WORLD HERITAGE AREA

Bruce Bay

Bruce Bay - or Mahitahi - is a small coastal settlement with stunning sea vistas and a wonderfully wild windswept beach, 40km south of Fox Glacier and 80 km from Haast.
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FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

Okarito Boat Tours And Cottages

$75 - $95
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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HAAST-WORLD HERITAGE AREA

Ship Creek walk and Monro Beach

Ship Creek Walk is one of the best examples of swamp forest that you will come across and well worth stopping for on your journey along the West Coast.
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MOANA - LAKE BRUNNER

Moana Trout Fishing Safari

Guiding Fees (New Zealand Dollars):
$675 - full day
$350 - 1/2 day
$200 - 2 hours

Tackle And Equipment Available.
Guided fishing tours lakes, rivers and streams. Try your luck at sight casting to wild browns.
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HAAST-WORLD HERITAGE AREA

Waiatoto River Safari

$139 - $199
Waiatoto River Safari. Ocean to the Mountains 2.25 - 2.5 hours of extraordinary nature and exceptional beauty only seen on this trip.
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WESTPORT AND 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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HAAST-WORLD HERITAGE AREA

Jackson Bay

Jackson Bay is a working fishing port and a popular fishing spot in summer, it's a great place to catch crayfish and just meander.
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