n the coastline about 16km south west of Westport, you will find Tauranga Bay and the Cape Foulwind..Hokitika Information
Hokitika was first settled in 1860, after the discovery of gold on the west coast. It was an..Fox Glacier Information
Named after Sir William Fox, New Zealand’s Prime Minister from 1869 to 1872, Fox Glacier..Franz Josef Information
Franz Josef Glacier was first explored in 1865 by geologist Julius von Haast, who named it after..Moana Information
Situated at the edge of Lake Brunner, Moana is a tiny settlement with a camping ground and a store...Mount Aspiring National Park Information
Ancient Maori trails followed safe passages through this beautifully rugged and unforgiving..Karamea Information
Karamea sits at the end of a no-exit highway sandwiched between rainforested hills and the Tasman..Monro Information
Monro Beach is near Lake Moeraki, it is an easy walk through luxuriant coastal forest to the remote..Okarito Information
About half an hour’s drive north of Franz Josef is the coastal settlement of Okarito, boasting..Jackson Bay fishing village Information
South of Haast, the coastline turns westward along a 24 kilometre, gently curving bay to Jackson..Cape Foulwind Seal Colony Information
A female New Zealand fur seal lives at the same colony all her life. After giving birth in late..Buller River Information
The Buller River is one of New Zealand's longest and most enigmatic rivers. From it's source at..Greymouth Information
Once the site of the Maori pa Mawhera (which means ‘wide spread river mouth’, in reference to..See all locations in West Coast Region
Spring brings with it the freedom to roam 600km of stunning rugged West Coast scenery. Along its length you’ll find a smorgasbord of activities, a feast of scenic splendour and a banquet of opportunities for exhilarating outdoor adventures or blissful relaxation.
With a population of only 31,000 people, the West Coast retains the feeling of a pioneer frontier. It's a wild place known for rivers and rainforests; glaciers and geological treasures. Legends and stories from the past cling to every feature of the landscape.
Maori were first to discover the West Coast, seeking sacred pounamu (nephrite jade or greenstone). Gold fever in the 1860s brought Europeans, many of whom stayed on to start farming, forestry and businesses.
The locals are known as 'coasters', a term synonymous with friendliness and hospitality. Isolated from the rest of New Zealand by the Southern Alps, coasters have developed a distinctive culture of their own. Their pioneering values of self-reliance and loyalty are as strong today as they were 100 years ago.
Nestled in the Southern Alps of New Zealand on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is the..Milford Sound Information
Described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world', Milford Sound was carved by..Christchurch - Canterbury Information
Float above the plains in a hot air balloon or soak in relaxing thermal pools. Enjoy the excellent..Fiordland Information
Watch the mountains shake off winter and start to warm up for summer. Waterfalls are invigorated..Nelson Region Information
To visit Nelson region is to discover azure skies and wide open spaces, beaches and lakes..Dunedin Information
The city of Dunedin was built with the riches of the gold rush, consequently it has one of the best..Nelson Information
Hardy European pioneers founded the beautiful city of Nelson, New Zealand in 1842, although this..See all locations in South Island