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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 Greymouth
This weird and wonderful family comes to life in this magnificently macabre new musical comedy from the authors of ‘The Jersey Boys’. The show features an original story that is every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Regent Theatre, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 0.6 KM from Greymouth
    0.6 KM Hokitika
Norðan - North Atlantic Soundscapes - with slideshow on big screen. Angelika Nielsen - violin, vocals; Thomas Loefke - Celtic harp, photography. Bookings: Hokitika Regent: Tel.: 03 7558101 Angelika Nielsen - the Faroe Island's number one ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Old Lodge Theatre, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.6 KM from Hokitika
    0.6 KM Hokitika
Harp Music from the Celtic Northwest - concert with slideshow: Northern Isles soundscapes. Islands in the North Atlantic, like Tory Island - the Irish island of legend and myth, the Hebridean Island of Staffa or the wild archipelago of the Faroe ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Old Lodge Theatre, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.6 KM from Hokitika
    0.6 KM Greymouth
Fun, family-friendly concert guaranteed to surprise and delight all ages. Be entertained and inspired!
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Regent Theatre, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 0.6 KM from Greymouth
    0.3 KM Hokitika
Fun, family-friendly concert guaranteed to surprise and delight all ages. Be entertained and inspired!
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Regent Theatre, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.3 KM from Hokitika
    5.1 KM Greymouth
What an amazing turnout we had last year, so this time we’ve decided to open our tracks to the public for two days! Bring your bike, come out and tear up 20kms of extremely muddy farm and forestry tracks. Creek and water crossings, and bush and ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: On Yer BIke, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 5.1 KM from Greymouth
    0.6 KM Hokitika
Blowout Comedy is proud to bring you this killer show! On Friday August 24th some of the best comedians the South Island has to offer are hitting the West Coast performing for one night only at The Lodge Theatre in Hokitika! These are all ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Old Lodge Theatre, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.6 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
    15.1 KM Punakaiki
Coming to a town near you. Don McGlashan on a Nationwide 17-date NZ Tour One of Aotearoa’s most beloved songwriters, Don McGlashan, has today announced an extensive 17-date nationwide New Zealand tour, where he will perform a series of ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Barrytown Hall, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 15.1 KM from Punakaiki
    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
    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

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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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