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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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    1 KM Westport
A stunning setting, relaxed atmosphere and fantastic live entertainment - this is summer NZ! Escape with friends and family to some of the country’s best scenic spots and enjoy an unforgettable day on-course with the Interislander Summer ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Westport Racecourse - Westport, Buller   Distance: 1 KM from Westport
    15.1 KM Punakaiki
Harpist Michelle Doyle and violinist/vocalist Michael O’Donnell are set to embark on an epic 3000km tour of New Zealand’s ‘Te Araroa’ trail. They are also bringing their instruments with them to perform a series of concerts along the way. The ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: The Barrytown Hall - Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 15.1 KM from Punakaiki
    0.6 KM Reefton
A stunning setting, relaxed atmosphere and fantastic live entertainment - this is summer NZ! Treat the whole gang to classic summer memories and smiles with a fun-filled day out trackside at the Interislander Summer Festival on Monday 30 December in ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Reefton Racecourse - Reefton, Buller   Distance: 0.6 KM from Reefton
    0.6 KM Reefton
A stunning setting, relaxed atmosphere and fantastic live entertainment - this is summer NZ! Treat the whole gang to classic summer memories and smiles with a fun-filled day out trackside at the Interislander Summer Festival on the 8 January at ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Reefton Racecourse - Reefton, Buller   Distance: 0.6 KM from Reefton
    0.6 KM Greymouth
Make 2020 the year you leave work on time. Wouldn't it be amazing if you could leave work on time, having completed everything you set out to achieve that day? Instead of rushing to make the class at the gym, you walk in early and get your ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: CoRe - Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 0.6 KM from Greymouth
    0.5 KM Greymouth
The Greymouth Community Market is held every Sunday at the Greymouth campus of Tai Poutini Polytechnic. As of Labour weekend the Market will be outside in the Car park which is on a main highway and draws lots of interest in. Local ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Tai Poutini Polytechnic - Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 0.5 KM from Greymouth
    0.2 KM Hokitika
Come and discover the long-standing tradition of jade carving on the West Coast! Every day this summer you can join a free guided tour of our jade carving workshop in Hokitika. You'll get to meet local West Coast artists and see how they transform ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Mountain Jade - Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.2 KM from Hokitika
    15.1 KM Punakaiki
Summer 2020 sees Tattletale Saints return home to celebrate the release of their new album, Dancing Under the Dogwoods, out on January 24th. Originally from Auckland, 2014 Tui Award winners Tattletale Saints now live in Music City USA, Nashville ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Barrytown Hall - Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 15.1 KM from Punakaiki
    16.1 KM Franz Josef
Summer 2020 sees Tattletale Saints return home to celebrate the release of their new album, Dancing Under the Dogwoods, out on January 24th. Originally from Auckland, 2014 Tui Award winners Tattletale Saints now live in Music City USA, Nashville ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Donovan's Store - Okarito, Westland   Distance: 16.1 KM from Franz Josef
    8.9 KM Greymouth
40km Mountain Bike Ride that will leave a lasting impression for life. This is achievable by everyone young, old, middle aged, athlete, weekend warrior or first time rider looking for a real challenge. You’ll be lost in the beauty and a few ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Shantytown - Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 8.9 KM from Greymouth
    15.1 KM Punakaiki
Nashville based singer-songwriter Jackie Bristow embarks on a homecoming New Zealand tour in early 2020, recording a soul-flavoured collection of new songs The New Zealand singer-songwriter, who moved to Nashville in 2017, returns home for a ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Barrytown Hall - Punakaiki, Buller   Distance: 15.1 KM from Punakaiki
    0.2 KM Hokitika
Wildfoods Bucket List! Tickle your taste buds at the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival. Polish your gumboots and be part of Feral Flash in our VIP area ? Live Entertainment ? Complimentary beverages ? Nibbles and Buffet ? Spot ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Cass Square - Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.2 KM from Hokitika
    2.8 KM Franz Josef
Good Habits are an eclectic indie-folk band from Manchester, UK creating immersive, multimedia gigs and projects. Formed of Singer-Cellist and Songwriter Bonnie Schwarz & international Klezmer accordionist, Pete Shaw, the band take their recent ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Monsoon Bar - Franz Josef, Westland   Distance: 2.8 KM from Franz Josef
    16.1 KM Franz Josef
Good Habits are an eclectic indie-folk band from Manchester, UK creating immersive, multimedia gigs and projects. Formed of Singer-Cellist and Songwriter Bonnie Schwarz & international Klezmer accordionist, Pete Shaw, the band take their recent ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Donovan's Store - Okarito, Westland   Distance: 16.1 KM from Franz Josef
    0.7 KM Westport
Prepare to be inspired! The Big Bike Film Night is on a mission sharing the best cycling short films from around the world with you! Showcasing our 2020 collection that has everything a cycle-centric audience could want - action, drama, ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: NBS Theatre - Westport, Buller   Distance: 0.7 KM from Westport
    0.3 KM Hokitika
Prepare to be inspired! The Big Bike Film Night is on a mission sharing the best cycling short films from around the world with you! Showcasing our 2020 collection that has everything a cycle-centric audience could want - action, drama, ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Regent Theatre - Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.3 KM from Hokitika

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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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