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West Coast New Zealand


West Coast New Zealand
Stretching 600 kilometres along the western edge of the South Island, the West Coast is a rugged, primeval region of contrasting features - high snow-capped mountains, towering rainforests, lowland river valleys, dramatic coastlines, bizarre limestone landscapes, grinding glaciers, surging rivers and brooding lakes. The scenery is just amazing and some of the most spectacular in New Zealand. Life is relaxed on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, and it's the perfect place to unwind and explore a special place of beauty and history. There are a lot of scenic attractions and adventures in this unique region.
Travel guides for West Coast: Viator.com, westcoastnz.com
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What to do in West Coast

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Milford Sound - Wanaka - Queenstown NZ    0.8 KM Aringa
Scenic Flight in the the New Zealand Wilderness-4hrs of adventure in two World Heritage National Parks. View glaciers, waterfalls, mountain lakes, native forest, rivers, valleys and wild untouched wilderness amongst the Southern Alps during your spectacular flight to Milford Sound then enjoy a 2 hour Scenic Boat Cruise on the Fiord before a 45 minute flight back to Wanaka
Hiking on Mount Aspiring    4.2 KM Aringa
Mount Aspirin is the 3rd highest mountain of New Zealand. 1 hour away from Wanaka, the national park is beautiful.
Fox and Franz Josef Heliservices    2.6 KM Franz Josef
Scenic helicopter flights with snow landings. Franz Josef, Fox and Tasman glaciers. Mount Cook, Mount Tasman. From 20 minute, 30 minute and 40 minute options. We are the only 100% locally owned and operated helicopter company licensed to land at all designated landing sites within the Westland National Park. Also transport for skiers, climbers, hunters, film crew, photographers.
Skydive the glaciers with Skydive Fox Glacier    17.6 KM Franz Josef
Skydive from 16,000ft above the West Coast glaciers with Skydive Fox Glacier. Surrounded by rainforests, glaciers, Mount Cook & Mount Tasman and the Tasman Sea, Fox Glacier is one of New Zealand's most beautiful places to skydive. Email [email protected] or call 0800 751 0080 to skydive with us!
Scenic tours for Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers    17.9 KM Franz Josef
A range of scenic tours by bus connect Franz Josef, Fox Glacier, Wanaka and Queenstown. The tours are an excellent way to see the wild coastlines, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges and native rainforest of the west coast region in luxury coaches. The various tour options are especially useful for connecting towns in travel itineraries for the region.
Franz Joseph glacier    2.7 KM Franz Josef
Walk the Franz Joseph glacier. This is a unique and incredible experience. The guides are nice and the atmosphere very relaxed. You can choose the 1/2 or full day, or visit by helicopter. You probably need to book in advance.
Franz Josef Glacier - Heli Hike    2.7 KM Franz Josef
Combine an awesome scenic helicopter flight over Franz Josef Glacier with a unique guided walk amongst the ice caves, pinnacles and seracs of this pristine alpine environment. You'll see the extraordinary colours of the ice-flow from above, and then up close, on an unforgettable guided hike amongst the glacial ice formations with the professional and experienced Franz Josef Glac
On yer bike! 4wd motorbike adventure tours    6.6 KM Greymouth
Exciting 4wd motorbike tours through spectacular West Coast rainforest.Anyone 5 years and older can ride our motorbikes.Our protective clothing and boots will keep you clean so you can enjoy river crossings and muddy, wild West Coast tracks. Our friendly guides will show you how to ride.
The Gold Room - Gold Nuggets & Jewellery    0.4 KM Hokitika
At The Gold Room Westland's rich gold mining story comes to life, as beautiful jewellery crafted from the locally found natural gold nuggets and flakes. Watch our jeweller working with the natural gold, creating the exclusive piece of unique nugget jewellery. Our philosophy when creating jewellery with the natural gold is to leave the nuggets in their original state. Open 7 da
The Pancakes Rocks    1 KM Punakaiki
Stop in Punakaiki to have a look at the Pancake Rocks. Don't blink, you might miss it. The waves are impressive and so is the landscape.
BlackWater Rafting, Adventure Caving, Gloworm Tour    21.8 KM Westport
Take the narrow gauge 'Rain Forest Train' and try 'Underworld Rafting' & 'The Charleston Gloworm Tour'. Combine fun and discovery with amazing Glow Worm displays and formations in the awes inspiring Nile River Caves at Westport on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Trips: daily, $105 & $55. $220 for the 'full on' Adventure Caving. Phone: 03 789 6686.

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Current and upcoming events in West Coast

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    0.2 KM Kumara
Starlight Highway presents Open Mic / Jam Night at the Theatre Royal Hotel, Kumara. Come along and be entertained or get up on stage and share your talents. PA and piano set up - bring your instruments. Play a 10 minute slot in the lineup or ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Theatre Royal Hotel, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.2 KM from Kumara
    5.1 KM Greymouth
On Yer Bike! has once again opened their tracks to the public! Suitable for ATVs. Approximately 20kms of extremely muddy farm and forestry tracks. Creek and water crossings, and bush and bogs galore. Mike has been busily creating new tracks ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: On Yer BIke, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 5.1 KM from Greymouth
    2.8 KM Franz Josef
The magic of fear is: learning to rise again - breaking the walls we've built in our minds - the magic of love is: together we rise Monsoon Bar & Restaurant is proud to feature Kiwi born, now turned US based-internationally touring ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Monsoon Bar, Franz Josef, Westland   Distance: 2.8 KM from Franz Josef
    0.6 KM Greymouth
The Introduction to Predator Trapping Methods short course (2-day) will provide participants a wealth of knowledge of predator trapping including, but not restricted to: - Designing and producing a Predator Control Plan (PCP) - Ecology and ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Anzac Park, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 0.6 KM from Greymouth
    0.6 KM Greymouth
This year audiences have the chance to witness World Champion Irish dancers direct from the West End’s Lord of the Dance, as A Taste of Ireland – the Irish Music and Dance Sensation tours nationwide telling the tale of the world’s most loved ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Regent Theatre, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 0.6 KM from Greymouth
    0.7 KM Westport
Craig Smith, aka The Wonky Donkey Man is coming to NBS Theatre Westport for an exclusive September weekend Saturday show. Thanks to the support of Buller Reap, NBS Theatre and Buller District Libraries. The APRA award-winning Craig Smith will ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: NBS Theatre, Westport, Buller   Distance: 0.7 KM from Westport
    0.3 KM Hokitika
Katie Thompson is delighted to announce the release of her 3rd album 'Bittersweet' and showcase these new songs at Hokitika's Regent Theatre this September. "There's nothing better than playing to my hometown audience and I can't wait to see ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Regent Theatre, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.3 KM from Hokitika
    8.9 KM Greymouth
Craig Smith, aka The Wonky Donkey Man is coming to Shantytown Greymouth for an exclusive September weekend Sunday show. Thanks to the support of West Reap, Grey District Library and Shantytown Heritage Park. The APRA award-winning Craig Smith ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Shantytown, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 8.9 KM from Greymouth
    0.7 KM Westport
This year audiences have the chance to witness World Champion Irish dancers direct from the West End’s Lord of the Dance, as A Taste of Ireland – the Irish Music and Dance Sensation tours nationwide telling the tale of the world’s most loved ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: NBS Theatre, Westport, Buller   Distance: 0.7 KM from Westport
    0.3 KM Hokitika
This course is for anyone interested in expanding awareness and integrating natural breathing. I cover 3 modules over 3 evenings covering the physiology of breathing, integration optimal breathing through activating the diaphragm, and in last module ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Moonlight Healing, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.3 KM from Hokitika
    15.1 KM Punakaiki
29 Aug - 29 Sep 2019 AOTNZ Tour. Klezmer music with The Kugels - wild, spirited and haunting. Three top musicians and a celebrated composer have joined together in their love of klezmer, the feisty 19th century folk music of the Jewish people. ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Barrytown Hall, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 15.1 KM from Punakaiki
    0.7 KM Reefton
29 Aug - 29 Sep 2019 AOTNZ Tour. Klezmer music with The Kugels - wild, spirited and haunting. Three top musicians and a celebrated composer have joined together in their love of klezmer, the feisty 19th century folk music of the Jewish people. ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Reefton Workingmens Club, Reefton, Buller   Distance: 0.7 KM from Reefton
    0.6 KM Greymouth
If you’re reading this notice, then you’ve been drawn to my seminar event for a very special reason. I have been told that the universe certainly works in mysterious ways, and we are often guided to certain people and places for reasons beyond ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Regent Theatre, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 0.6 KM from Greymouth
    0.6 KM Hokitika
29 Aug - 29 Sep 2019 AOTNZ Tour. Klezmer music with The Kugels - wild, spirited and haunting. Three top musicians and a celebrated composer have joined together in their love of klezmer, the feisty 19th century folk music of the Jewish people. ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Old Lodge Theatre, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.6 KM from Hokitika
    0.6 KM Hokitika
Waikato based Country Entertainer, Joy Adams will present an afternoon of great music at one of her favourite venues - The Old Lodge Theatre. With 19 Albums to her credit, Joy is a Multi-Award Winning Singer/Songwriter with a natural flair for ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Old Lodge Theatre, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.6 KM from Hokitika
    0.6 KM Greymouth
Do you love a good yarn? So do we! All the variety of a major yarn market in one room so you can squish to your heart's delight. This is your annual opportunity to browse an amazing selection of artisan yarns, pattern designs and craft ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: New Coasters, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 0.6 KM from Greymouth
    15.1 KM Punakaiki
Greg Copeland is coming back to New Zealand! He's is taking it to the roots with an up close and personal acoustic journey. Greg pays his dues to the originals and forefathers of the Blues from deep down South, channelling the spirit into his ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Barrytown Hall, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 15.1 KM from Punakaiki
    16.1 KM Franz Josef
Greg Copeland is coming back to New Zealand! He's is taking it to the roots with an up close and personal acoustic journey. Greg pays his dues to the originals and forefathers of the Blues from deep down South, channelling the spirit into his ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Donovan's Store, Okarito, Westland   Distance: 16.1 KM from Franz Josef
    0.6 KM Greymouth
New Zealand's freshest Magic and Illusion Spectacular is back with new illusions, more magic, more comedy, more antics and much more fun for 2019. Come along to witness an unforgettable show with one of New Zealand's leading magicians Mike Lindsay ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Regent Theatre, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 0.6 KM from Greymouth
    23.9 KM Hokitika
Ride the Wilderness is a Mountain Bike Ride on the West Coast Wilderness Trail on Saturday 16th November 2019. This event gives riders the opportunity to see the West Coast beauty and in 2019 it will give you, all it has to offer while racing the ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Ross Goldfields Information & Heritage Centre, Ross, Westland   Distance: 23.9 KM from Hokitika
    2.4 KM Greymouth
Roll up. Roll up. Roll up!!! Welcome to Season 5 of New Zealand's largest and newest travelling event! The Extravaganza Fair! The Extravaganza Fair is a family affair, it is a free entry, fun day out with something for everyone. We're ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Karoro Domain, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 2.4 KM from Greymouth
    2.4 KM Greymouth
Roll up. Roll up. Roll up!!! Welcome to Season 5 of New Zealand's largest and newest travelling event! The Extravaganza Fair! The Extravaganza Fair is a family affair, it is a free entry, fun day out with something for everyone. We're ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Karoro Domain, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 2.4 KM from Greymouth

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Camping and overnight campervan parking in West Coast

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Westport Holiday Park    0.5 KM Westport
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry, Wi-Fi   (Fees Apply)
 
Cafe And Camping Area    0.6 KM Aringa
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Toilets, Shopping   (Fees Apply)
 
Ocean Beach Cobden    2.1 KM Greymouth
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers   Free
 
Seal Colony Camp Ground Top 10 Westport    4.2 KM Westport
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry, Wi-Fi, Shopping   (Fees Apply)
 
Greymouth KIWI Holiday Park and Motels    4.9 KM Greymouth
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry, Wi-Fi   (Fees Apply)
 
Lake Mahinapua Hokitika    9.9 KM Hokitika
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry   (Fees Apply)
 
Lake Wanaka Top End    10.2 KM Aringa
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers   Free
 
Slab Hut Creek Road    14.5 KM Reefton
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power   (Fees Apply)
 
Okarito Camp Ground    16.1 KM Franz Josef
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Showers   (Fees Apply)
 
Fox Glacier Camp Ground    18 KM Franz Josef
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry, Wi-Fi, Shopping   (Fees Apply)
 
Lake Kaniere Lake Front    18.1 KM Hokitika
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers   (Fees Apply)
 
Haast Roaring Billy Waterall    22.4 KM Haast
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers   Free
 
Lake Hawera Conservation Park Kidds Bush    23.4 KM Aringa
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers   (Fees Apply)
 
Lake Brunner Motor Camp    24.3 KM Kumara
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Showers   (Fees Apply)
 
Ngakawau Tavern Car Park Free    27.7 KM Westport
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Showers   Free
 
Pleasant Flat Clutha Valley    30.6 KM Aringa
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers   (Fees Apply)
 
Lake Paringa Basic Camping    34.6 KM Haast
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Showers   (Fees Apply)
 
Kakapotahi Waitaha River    36.1 KM Hokitika
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Toilets   Free
 
Harihari Wanganui River    42.2 KM Franz Josef
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers   Free
 

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