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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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    0.6 KM Hokitika
December 2018 sees Auckland born, Nashville based Tattletale Saints return home, performing 13 intimate acoustic duo concerts around the country in support of the release of two new singles. This tour marks a return to the acoustic duo sound that ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Old Lodge Theatre, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.6 KM from Hokitika
    16.1 KM Franz Josef
December 2018 sees Auckland born, Nashville based Tattletale Saints return home, performing 13 intimate acoustic duo concerts around the country in support of the release of two new singles. This tour marks a return to the acoustic duo sound that ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Donovan's Store, Okarito, Westland   Distance: 16.1 KM from Franz Josef
    0.5 KM Hokitika
Join us for our Twilight Xmas Market and celebrate the local makers and craftspeople right within your town. This event is being held on the same night as the Hokitika Xmas Parade. Interested in having a Stall? Please message the Revell Street ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Revell Street Market, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.5 KM from Hokitika
    70.5 KM Westport
Cecil Turbine: is Pretty-Noise, nestled somewhere between Sigur Ros and James Blake. His strange rambling lyrics, odd grooves, and indulgent dynamics never stray too far from pop sensibilities. An expat NZer who now calls Melbourne home, Cecil is ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Bush Lounge, Karamea, Buller   Distance: 70.5 KM from Westport
    17.8 KM Franz Josef
Cecil Turbine: is Pretty-Noise, nestled somewhere between Sigur Ros and James Blake. His strange rambling lyrics, odd grooves, and indulgent dynamics never stray too far from pop sensibilities. An expat NZer who now calls Melbourne home, Cecil is ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Cooks Saddle Cafe, Fox Glacier Township, Westland   Distance: 17.8 KM from Franz Josef
    2.8 KM Franz Josef
Cecil Turbine: is Pretty-Noise, nestled somewhere between Sigur Ros and James Blake. His intriguing lyrics, odd grooves, and indulgent dynamics never stray too far from pop sensibilities. An expat NZer who now calls Melbourne home, Cecil is touring ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Monsoon Bar, Franz Josef, Westland   Distance: 2.8 KM from Franz Josef
    1 KM Westport
The two Interislander Summer Festival Events at Westport on 26th and 28th December are sure to be a great way to unwind with friends and family after Christmas. Two fun-filled days of free kids activities and exciting harness racing action.
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Westport Racecourse, Westport, Buller   Distance: 1 KM from Westport
    0.6 KM Reefton
Free all day kids entertainment, live music and exciting harness racing action at Interislander Reefton Family Trots on 30th December. Adults enjoy live music, "Glamour in the Goldfields", local food and refreshments.
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Reefton Racecourse, Reefton, Buller   Distance: 0.6 KM from Reefton
    15.1 KM Punakaiki
The Frank Burkitt Band return to Barrytown as part of their 30 date 'Lost but Alive' NZ Tour. Frank is a storyteller, songwriter, singer and guitarist. In that order. His rambling anecdotes aim to give the audience more of a connection with his ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Barrytown Hall, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 15.1 KM from Punakaiki
    70.5 KM Westport
The Frank Burkitt Band visit Karamea for the first time as part of their 30 date 'Lost but Alive' NZ Tour. BYO and $15 entry on the door. Frank is a story teller, songwriter, singer and guitarist. In that order. His rambling anecdotes aim to give ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Bush Lounge, Karamea, Buller   Distance: 70.5 KM from Westport
    1.3 KM Hokitika
Enjoy a fun family day out with atmosphere galore. Exciting thoroughbred racing. Live music. Kids entertainment. Fashions in the field. Children free. Phone 03 755 5293 for more information.
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Hokitika Racecourse, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 1.3 KM from Hokitika
    0.6 KM Greymouth
In true kiwi summer tour tradition Marlon Williams will now take The Turangawaewae Tour to a further six markets this February making it a total of 12 shows - Marlon’s most comprehensive New Zealand tour ever!   Performing songs from his #1 ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Regent Theatre, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 0.6 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. Held every February the race starts on the West Coast at Kumara beach and traverses the width of the South Island, crossing the main divide where ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Kumara Racecourse, Kumara, Grey   Distance: 2.1 KM from Kumara
    0.6 KM Hokitika
On the road again – Michele and Jeremy’s AOTNZ tour – 1 Feb - 9 March 2019. Michele and Jeremy have been performing comedy around the country – and around the globe – for over 20 years. Regular guests on Radio New Zealand’s The ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Old Lodge Theatre, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.6 KM from Hokitika
    0.7 KM Reefton
On the road again – Michele and Jeremy’s AOTNZ tour – 1 Feb - 9 March 2019 Michele and Jeremy have been performing comedy around the country – and around the globe – for over 20 years. Regular guests on Radio New Zealand’s The ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Reefton Workingmens Club, Reefton, Buller   Distance: 0.7 KM from Reefton
    1.2 KM Greymouth
Art in the Park is a vibrant, exciting festival of West Coast arts, featuring visual arts including painting, sculpture, pottery, carving, weaving, photography and objects of art - a new category. There will also be some visiting artists of note from ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Greymouth High School, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 1.2 KM from Greymouth
    0.2 KM Hokitika
Wildfoods is turning 30! Yes! the 9th March 2019 is the iconic Hokitika Wildfoods Festival’s 30th Anniversary and we have an extra special program lined up for our 30th birthday. Heighten your senses and captivate your taste buds with daring ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Cass Square, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.2 KM from Hokitika
    2.6 KM Franz Josef
Grab your fiddle and a mate and join us for some music making! We have Guitars, Drums, Mic, Piano... 9pm (ish) till late first and third Wednesday of the month. Brewery Hospitality for performers. Locals and visitors welcome! Make a night of ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Snake Bite Brewery, Franz Josef, Westland   Distance: 2.6 KM from Franz Josef
    0.5 KM Hokitika
Revell Street Indoor Market is open every Saturday. We have a fantastic collection of local arts and crafts. Interested in having a stall? Are you travelling NZ and like to make and create and have products you're interested in selling? Feel free ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Revell Street Market, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.5 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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