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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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0.4 KM Hokitika
Are you struggling to support a child or adult with dyslexia? Are you a parent concerned about your child’s learning journey? Are you a teacher/teacher aide who wants to reach more children in your classroom? Are you aware of children who are ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Order of St John - Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.4 KM from Hokitika
    0.7 KM Westport
Needing little introduction on these shores, award-winning singer songwriter Mel Parsons is hitting the road with her new album 'Glass Heart' for an intimate solo tour of some her favourite New Zealand venues. Parsons has been a well-loved ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: NBS Theatre - Westport, Buller   Distance: 0.7 KM from Westport
    0.6 KM Greymouth
You will learn and experience how conscious breathing assists in improving our mind, body, health and fitness and provides an anchor for inner exploration. Experiencing optimal breathing can truely be transformational and most importantly it ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: New Coasters - Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 0.6 KM from Greymouth
    0.7 KM Greymouth
On a legendary circuit where speed defines everything the Greymouth Motorcycle Street Race is one gnarly ride and this year we're celebrating 30 years of full on street racing right here on the Coast. This Labour Weekend watch a hardcore group of ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Greymouth Street Race Circuit - Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 0.7 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
    0.2 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 3 song set in the lineup or join in ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Theatre Royal Hotel - Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.2 KM from Kumara
    0.6 KM Hokitika
You will learn and experience how conscious breathing assists in improving our mind, body, health and fitness and provides an anchor for inner exploration. Experiencing optimal breathing can truely be transformational and most importantly it ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Old Lodge Theatre - Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.6 KM from Hokitika
    0.6 KM Hokitika
Needing little introduction on these shores, award-winning singer songwriter Mel Parsons is hitting the road with her new album 'Glass Heart' for an intimate solo tour of some her favourite New Zealand venues. Parsons has been a well-loved ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Old Lodge Theatre - Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.6 KM from Hokitika
    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
    0.6 KM Hokitika
The South Afreakins—a dark comedy. "A flawless performance." - The New Zealand Short and Sweet Theatre Festival "The script cuts deep to the bone." - Theatreview Written and performed by Robyn Paterson. Helene and Gordon are stuck in the ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Old Lodge Theatre - Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.6 KM from Hokitika
    2.4 KM Greymouth
MND New Zealand’s amazing volunteer led Walk 2 D’Feet MND event series is returning on Sunday 10th November 2019. Held across the length and breadth of New Zealand, Walk 2 D’Feet MND is a great way to raise funds for motor neurone disease (MND) ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Karoro Domain - Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 2.4 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
    0.4 KM Greymouth
The Shimmy and Shake Burlesque Show will bring a sumptuous spectacular of sequins and feathers to Greymouth. So grab your friends, and prepare for an evening of hilarity and glamour. Brought to you by Nelson Showgirl Academy & Events Nelson's home of ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: The Union Hotel - Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 0.4 KM from Greymouth
    0.8 KM Greymouth
A moving Performance that will make smile and cry. Puppetry and Masks for ages 4 to 94 years. Life is good for the Moon Child in the security of her lunar home until one day her precious Orb of Moon Light falls to Earth. Determined to retrieve it, ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Left Bank Art Gallery - Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 0.8 KM from Greymouth
    0.6 KM Greymouth
Well folks here we go our first official ' Loudmouth Performing Arts Festival event ' is confirmed. Super Exciting! this promises to be an amazing show! and great entertainment for all! Join us, Friday November 22, in welcoming four stunning drag ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Regent Theatre - Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 0.6 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
    2.4 KM Greymouth
The Ashton Family Circus bring grassroots entertainment for everyone to enjoy, free, at The Extravaganza Fair. Comprised of a wannabe strong man, a pole-dancer extraordinaire, a princess aerialists and 5 year old twin tigers. This show is ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Karoro Domain - Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 2.4 KM from Greymouth
    2.4 KM Greymouth
Playing all throughout the day on our beautiful Extravaganza Fair Stage - with guest appearances also from Ashton Family Circus, Miss Dylan Daisy's Magic Show & guest musicians. Perhaps you have heard of Karl through word of mouth? Or you may ...
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
    19.7 KM Greymouth
Blackball celebrates the opening of the Paparoa Track, New Zealands 10th Great Walk, with music on the village green. All ages, smoke free, alcohol free. 4pm start time sees local up and coming talent followed by the Celtic sound of Greymouths ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: The Village Green - Blackball, Grey   Distance: 19.7 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
    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
    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

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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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