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West Coast

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West Coast

One of New Zealand's best kept secrets, the West Coast lies at the extreme west of the South Island.
It is a region of rugged and wild beauty, untamed bush clad hills which sweep up to towering icy peaks. A scenic highway follows the coastline offering abundant touring options and three national parks.
West Coast, New Zealand

Major Attractions

Coastal Drive, Glaciers, Hiking, Historic Sites, National Parks, Mountain Biking.

Accommodation Guide

The West coast has a wide range of accommodation, bed & breakfast, motels, hotels.

Activity Guide

The West Coast offers so much for all to do.

Shopping Guide

The West Coast has excellent Arts and crafts shopping.

Wine & Food Guide

The West Coast offers a wide range of excellent cuisine experiences. Hokitika is the home of the annual Wild Food Festival.

Transport Guide

There are many options to get to the West Coast and to get around while you are visiting.

Tourism Services

Experienced assistance available to help you with the many choices available.

Key Facts

Population: 31,000
Average Daily Temperatures:
max / min Summer (Dec-Feb): 20°C / 12°C
  Autumn (Mar-May): 17°C / 9°C
  Winter (Jun-Aug): 13°C / 5°C
  Spring (Sept-Nov): 15°C / 8°C
Average Annual Rainfall: 2000+mm


Places of Interest

Franz Josef Glacier - one of the most popular destinations on the West Coast. Take a guide hike up onto the glacier.

Hokitika - seaside town home to Wild Foods Festival and many artist.

Punakaiki - the Pancake Rocks and Blowhole at Punkaiki are one of the most visited destinations on the West Coast.

Greymouth - largest town on the West Coast, well located to visit many of the West Coast top attractions.

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