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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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    0.3 KM Hokitika
The aim of the Gutsy Girls Adventure Film Tour is to connect like-minded women and build a community of supportive adventurous women. By showcasing and celebrating the female adventurous spirit we hope to make women in the outdoors more visible ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Regent Theatre, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.3 KM from Hokitika
    16.1 KM Franz Josef
Lyttelton's 'Strange Folk' exponents 'The Lucky Lost' make a return to Westland, this time to the Historic Donovan's Store for an intimate show. The Lucky Lost will be proudly supported by Veteran performer Al Park and local singer Tash Goodwin.
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Donovan's Store, Okarito, Westland   Distance: 16.1 KM from Franz Josef
    15.1 KM Punakaiki
Lyttelton's own 'Strange Folk' exponents, 'The Lucky Lost' return to the West Coast, this time supported by veteran performer Al Park and local singer Tash Goodwin.
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Barrytown Hall, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 15.1 KM from Punakaiki
    15.1 KM Punakaiki
Lyttelton's own 'Strange Folk' exponents, 'The Lucky Lost' return to the West Coast, this time supported by veteran performer Al Park and local singer Tash Goodwin.
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Barrytown Hall, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 15.1 KM from Punakaiki
    0.6 KM Hokitika
Brand new circus on its very first tour in New Zealand. KJ's "Cirque Grande" - all new circus sensation presents world-class acts from around the globe. It brings a fresh and exciting new look to the circus in NZ. You will be amazed and dazzled ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Wadestone Island, Hokitika, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.6 KM from Hokitika
    0.7 KM Westport
Music conjures up both the magic and the madness of the Christmas season as we end our year singing all those wonderful Christmas songs.
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: NBS Theatre, Westport, Buller   Distance: 0.7 KM from Westport
    0.8 KM Greymouth
The Kiwibank Local Hero Award aims to identify & reward everyday people doing extraordinary things in their local communities. The Local Hero Awards recognizes the enormous contribution, sacrifice, and commitment of Kiwis who selflessly work to make ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Kingsgate Hotel Greymouth, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 0.8 KM from Greymouth
    0.4 KM Hokitika
Following the success of the Pitch networking events in both Greymouth & Westport, Development West Coast would like to offer businesses and organisations in Westland the opportunity to showcase their services & products. No business is too new ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Order of St John, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.4 KM from Hokitika
    15.1 KM Punakaiki
Described as "a rhythmically seductive and emotionally connecting band," The Danberrys are led by Tennessee-born couple of Ben DeBerry and Dorothy Daniel - a truly unique pair of artists hailing from East Nashville, Tennessee. They’ve built a ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Barrytown Hall, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 15.1 KM from Punakaiki
    16.1 KM Franz Josef
Described as "a rhythmically seductive and emotionally connecting band," The Danberrys are led by Tennessee-born couple of Ben DeBerry and Dorothy Daniel - a truly unique pair of artists hailing from East Nashville, Tennessee. They’ve built a ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Donovan's Store, Okarito, Westland   Distance: 16.1 KM from Franz Josef
    1.1 KM Westport
West Coasters - join Westport Trotting Club on Boxing Day and December 28 for the Interislander Summer Festival. It's your chance to unwind from the Christmas rush (and enjoy a picnic of Christmas leftovers!) at a fun-filled day of harness racing ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Westport Trotting Club, Westport, Buller   Distance: 1.1 KM from Westport
    0.6 KM Reefton
The perfect way to enjoy the lead up to the New Year is a day spent at Interislander Summer Festival Reefton Family Trots. Rally your family and friends, pack a picnic - or sample the local fare - and set up a base camp for a classic Kiwi day of ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Reefton Racecourse, Reefton, Buller   Distance: 0.6 KM from Reefton
    3.2 KM Greymouth
Enjoy a great family day out at Greymouth Jockey Club's Interislander Summer Festival event with free children's entertainment as well as thrilling thoroughbred action. There is loads of great entertainment for the whole family. Enjoy the live ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Greymouth Racecourse, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 3.2 KM from Greymouth
    1.3 KM Hokitika
Enjoy a family day out at Interislander Summer Festival Hokitika Family Races with exciting thoroughbred racing, live music, free kids entertainment, Fashion in the Field and plenty of that great West Coast atmosphere.
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Hokitika Racecourse, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 1.3 KM from Hokitika
    0.7 KM Westport
Under the baton of David Bremner (principal trombone NZSO, conductor of Wellington Brass, the champion band of New Zealand), the 2018 National Youth Brass Band presents "History - a celebration of 200 years of brass music and its influences." With ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: NBS Theatre, Westport, Buller   Distance: 0.7 KM from Westport
    8.9 KM Greymouth
Shantytown to Moana (Lake Brunner) by a route never done before. Gold Trail is an amazing ride through the history of the West Coast and the Gold Trails that both our ancestors and many Chinese walked, in the search for their riches of the Gold of ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Shantytown, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 8.9 KM from Greymouth
    2.1 KM Kumara
The Kathmandu Coast to Coast is an iconic multisport event based in the South Island of New Zealand. The Kathmandu Coast to Coast covers 243 kilometres as competitors in the one day Multisport World Championship ‘Longest Day’ and two day event ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Kumara Racecourse, Kumara, Grey   Distance: 2.1 KM from Kumara
    0.2 KM Hokitika
Come along and have #ATasteOfTheWild at the iconic Hokitika Wildfoods Festival Saturday 10th March 2018 at Cass Square, Hokitika. 2018 will see the 29th annual Hokitika Wildfoods Festival which will continue to captivate all of your senses with ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Cass Square, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.2 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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