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West Coast must see & do's

With scenery so stunning it just takes your breath away, it won't take long before you pack away that cellphone (unless it has a camera function). The West Coast of the Southern Alps of New Zealand is a truly unique destination. It takes a while to do the West Coast justice so take the time to enjoy the people and the scenery.


FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

Glacier Helicopters Fox Glacier

$240 - $450
Discover the glacier wonderland on close-up scenic flights with Glacier Helicopters.
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REEFTON - THE TOWN OF LIGHT

Reefton

Reefton, on the Lewis Pass road and near Victoria Conservation Park (NZ's largest), is well worth a stop and its claim to fame is an illuminating one – in 1888 it was the first town in the Southern Hemisphere to have electric streetlights!
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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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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. These ancient formations are a true wonder of nature - and they really do look like pancakes!
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HOKITIKA - COOL LITTLE TOWN

Hokitika Gorge

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

The Old Ghost Road

The 85km-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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FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools

$28 to $149 (valid until 30 September 2019)
Nestled among the lush native rainforest in the heart of Franz Josef, the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools provide a truly unique, natural setting for the ultimate in relaxation.
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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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HOKITIKA - COOL LITTLE TOWN

Mountain Jade Hokitika

Come and experience the beauty of jade, among Hokitika’s stunning natural setting. A “must do” West Coast experience.
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FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers

Glacier Country is the epitome of untamed natural wilderness.
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GREY DISTRICT - MAWHERA THE HEART OF THE WEST COAST

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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HAAST-WORLD HERITAGE AREA

Must See & Do Haast

Four Reasons to love the gates of Haast Westland Area.
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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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HOKITIKA - COOL LITTLE TOWN

West Coast Wilderness Trail

Free
The West Coast Wilderness Trail showcases some of the most outstanding scenery on the South Island’s West Coast with a diversity of landscapes second to none. Grab your bike and explore this Grade 2 Easy trail.
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WESTPORT AND KARAMEA

Oparara Arches

Free
Tucked away in a corner of Kahurangi National Park, The Oparara has a magic all of its own, born of a million years of undisturbed isolation.
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