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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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    2 KM Greymouth
Over the last decade, I Am Giant have dominated mainstream rock radio in New Zealand and wowed some of the biggest festival audiences around the world with their melodic alternative rock anthems. And although they’ve had a phenomenal impact on ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Australasian Hotel, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 2 KM from Greymouth
    15.1 KM Punakaiki
Looking For Alaska are hitting the road this April in support of their new single "Calling Out," bringing their tight harmonies and upbeat pop-folk to audiences around New Zealand. Looking For Alaska offer up a sound rooted in country-style guitar ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Barrytown Hall, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 15.1 KM from Punakaiki
    16.1 KM Franz Josef
After an Australian tour, and a run of shows and festivals in New Zealand, Anthonie Tonnon is announcing eight more shows in the corners of both islands in April. Tonnon will play music from the recent Extended Player Two Free Hands, and also preview ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Donovan's Store, Okarito, Westland   Distance: 16.1 KM from Franz Josef
    0.1 KM Punakaiki
Tiki Taane to headline 2018?? Taiko Festival. “Solar-powered musical activist” Tiki Taane headlines next April’s Taiko Festival in Punakaiki. The 2018 festival will be the fourth time the event has been held to mark the return of ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Punakaiki Beach Camp, Punakaiki, Buller   Distance: 0.1 KM from Punakaiki
    15.1 KM Punakaiki
The EP and single, Two Free Hands, is Tonnon’s first imprint from two years of international touring and experimentation. The single spent a number of weeks at the top of the NZ alt radio charts at the end of last year, and, due to demand, the CD ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Barrytown Hall, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 15.1 KM from Punakaiki
    0.6 KM Greymouth
Shimmering light and captivating movement fill the universe of Search Engine. Within this luminous, metallic world, three choreographers explore and define their experiences of what it means to seek out and to search within our technologically driven ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Regent Theatre, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 0.6 KM from Greymouth
    0.7 KM Reefton
Wellington based Indie-Acoustic duo Broken Lexicon produce a sound that is part Folk-Funk, part Gypsy-Jazz, part Indie-Pop and entirely compelling to listen to. The duo is made up of New Zealand Singer/Songwriter Brook Davies and Russian born ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Reefton Workingmens Club, Reefton, Buller   Distance: 0.7 KM from Reefton
    2.2 KM Greymouth
Understanding Your Farming Business (UYFB) - Engaging women as critical farming partners Would you like to better understand what drives your sheep and beef farm? Do you want the skills and confidence to participate more fully in your ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: The Ashley Hotel, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 2.2 KM from Greymouth
    18.5 KM Franz Josef
Understanding Your Farming Business (UYFB) - Engaging women as critical farming partners Would you like to better understand what drives your sheep and beef farm? Do you want the skills and confidence to participate more fully in your ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Fox Glacier, Fox Glacier Township, Westland   Distance: 18.5 KM from Franz Josef
    2.6 KM Franz Josef
Horn-heavy duo and 2017 Taite Prize finalists Hopetoun Brown are joined on stage by arguably the country’s finest trumpet player, Finn Scholes. Throughout two energetic sets they’ll swap trumpets, saxophones, bass clarinets, tubas, trombones ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Snake Bite Brewery, Franz Josef, Westland   Distance: 2.6 KM from Franz Josef
    0.6 KM Hokitika
Horn-heavy duo and 2017 Taite Prize finalists Hopetoun Brown are joined on stage by arguably the country’s finest trumpet player, Finn Scholes. Throughout two energetic sets they’ll swap trumpets, saxophones, bass clarinets, tubas, trombones ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Old Lodge Theatre, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.6 KM from Hokitika
    0.7 KM Westport
Off the back of his sell-out shows at the Dunedin Fringe Festival, Wilson Dixon is back on our shores for the NZ International Comedy Festival and his first solo National Tour with his brand new show "What A Country!". The Multi Award winning ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: NBS Theatre, Westport, Buller   Distance: 0.7 KM from Westport
    15.1 KM Punakaiki
Horn-heavy duo and 2017 Taite Prize finalists Hopetoun Brown are joined on stage by arguably the country’s finest trumpet player, Finn Scholes. Throughout two energetic sets they’ll swap trumpets, saxophones, bass clarinets, tubas, trombones ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Barrytown Hall, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 15.1 KM from Punakaiki
    0.7 KM Reefton
Horn-heavy duo and 2017 Taite Prize finalists Hopetoun Brown are joined on stage by arguably the country’s finest trumpet player, Finn Scholes. Throughout two energetic sets they’ll swap trumpets, saxophones, bass clarinets, tubas, trombones ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Reefton Workingmens Club, Reefton, Buller   Distance: 0.7 KM from Reefton
    0.3 KM Hokitika
Lights. Cameras. Bikes! We're on a mission -sharing the best cycling short films from around the world with you! The Big Bike Film Night treats pedal punters with a collection of movies that has everything a cycling centric audience could want- ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Regent Theatre, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.3 KM from Hokitika
    3.9 KM Westport
The fact you're on this page and reading this, then you can do it. It's that simple! Welcome. The Spring Challenge is an adventure race for women which began in New Zealand in 2007. It is a team event where 3-women do the entire course ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Carters Beach Domain, Westport, Buller   Distance: 3.9 KM from Westport
    0.6 KM Greymouth
Direct from Australia, and following more than 5000 international shows, the world’s premier live ABBA tribute - The ABBA Show - is coming to town! Far from being ‘just another cover band’, The ABBA Show is a full-scale theatrical production ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Regent Theatre, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 0.6 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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