West Coast

The West Coast of the South Island is 600km long but no wider than 70km at any point.
It is home to 5 of New Zealand’s National Parks, Kahurangi, Paparoa and Mount Aspiring the most prominent. 40 glaciers flow down from the Southern Alps with two Fox and Franz Josef penetrating as far as the lower rainforests, just 250m above sea level.You will find some of New Zealand's best luxury boutique accommodation in this area and a particular emphasis on conservation and the appreciation of the wild,natural beuaty of the area is a focus.
Defined on one side by the Alps and by a wild dramatic coastline on the other the region has unique flora and fauna, lush forest, fur seal colonies, dolphins and penguins and the only white heron breeding colony in the country.
Valued by the Maori for its deposits of Pounamu (greenstone) settlement dates back centuries, with Europeans attracted to the area by precious resources such as gold coal and timber.

WEST COAST ACCOMMODATION

Franz Josef Glacier

Adventure

Art / Culture

Wilderness & Ecotourism

Wine & Cuisine

RECOMMENDED BY LOCALS

Activities

Brunner Historic Coalmine

Address: Greymouth    

Woods Creek Gold Mining

Address: Greymouth    

Pt Elizabeth Bush Walk

Address: Greymouth    

Shades of Jade

Address: Greymouth    

The Left Bank Art Gallery

Address: Greymouth    

Glowworm Cave Tour in Charleston

Address: Westport    

West Coast Adventures

Address: Westport    

Coal Town Museum

Address: Westport    

Underworld Adventures Charleston

Address: Westport    

Seal Colony (Free)

Address: Westport    

Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki

Address: Westport    

Jade Capital of NZ

Address: Hokitika    

Punakaiki

Address: Hokitika    

Hokitikia Gorge

Address: Hokitika    

Restaurants

Stations Inn Restaurant

Phone: 03 755 5499    Address: 5 Blue Spur Road, Hokitika    www.stationsinnhokitika.co.nz

Frank’s Cafe

Address: Greymouth    

Yellow House Cafe & Restaurant

Address: Westport    

Jack’s Gasthof Pizzeria & Bar

Address: Westport    

Reef Cottage Cafe

Address: Reefton    

Curly Tree Whitebait Company

Address: Waita River    

SOUTH ISLAND

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