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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 Hot Pools

$28 - $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 and submerge yourself in deliciously warm water.
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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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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

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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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

Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers

Glacier Country is the epitome of untamed natural wilderness.
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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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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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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

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.
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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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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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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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