Outwest Tours offers a wild West Coast experience, taking you off the beaten track on journeys into the wild heart of the land. Enjoy spectacular landscapes and travel historic mining trails, as you relax in one of their fully air-conditioned four-wheel-drive vehicles.
The Denniston Tour visits the coal plateau high above the coastal flats. Have you read The Denniston Rose by Jenny Patrick? Then this tour is for you!
Here underground miners toiled extracting high quality coal and there are many amazing relics from the mining era. Denniston is an area rich in history, unusual landforms and outstanding scenery.
This tour explores the historic coalmining towns on the Denniston Plateau, beginning with a visit to the ‘Friends of the Hill Museum’. From there, you travel to the mining settlements of Burnett’s Face and Coal Brookdale. Magnificent Mt Rochfort towers above the area to a height of 3600 feet (1,097 metres). Duration: Approximately 5 hours. Commencing at 9:30am.
Bookings: 8am-5pm only
Bookings are essential and if not made locally, should be confirmed the day before departure.
Closed on Public Holidays
- Outwest Tours reserves the right to cancel or amend any trip due to any adverse conditions including road, tide or weather.
- Outwest Tours will not be held responsible for personal injury, or loss of, or damage to equipment.
- Please tell us if you have a medical condition that might require attention.
- As the tours cover rough off-road terrain, we reserve the right to refuse bookings if you have certain medical conditions
Stockton Mine Tours
Mining and tourism, working together. Tour through the Bathurst Resources Stockton Opencast Mine site on the Stockton Plateau.
Outwest Tours is currently the exclusive operator of tours through the Bathurst Resources Stockton Opencast Mine site on the Stockton Plateau. Departing from Westport, this 5–6 hour tour passes through several small towns and climbs to the Plateau, delivering an off-road adventure along the way.
At Stockton Mine, the largest coal-producing mine in New Zealand, visitors learn about the life of a miner and some of the mining processes such as removal of topsoil, blasting, removal of overburden and, very importantly, site rehabilitation after mining is completed.
Enjoy eating your packed lunch (not provided) in one of the smoko rooms on the mine. You’ll get a real sense of the daily workings of a mine site. During the tour you’ll enjoy stunning views of the Tasman Sea to the west and the Southern Alps to the east, before descending from the Plateau and visiting the aerial ropeway which takes the coal down to the rail loading facility at Ngakawau. The tour returns to Westport at about 3.30-4.30pm
This trip is sponsored by BT Mining
Departs from: Westport i-SITE Visitor Centre
Children must be 4 years or older. Under-14s must be accompanied by an adult.
Trip is weather dependent.
Outwest Tours is the only company with access to the privately owned valley, will delight and captivate the visitor.
Here visitors can meet local legend, and owner Johnny Currie and observe the wild red deer, the pancake rock formations, see the ancient Maori cave and much more.