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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
No Holds Bard – Michael Hurst tours with AOTNZ. Driven to the brink by the infidelity of his wife and a lack of acting opportunities, an aging thespian confronts his demons in what he hopes will be a final ‘dark night of the soul’. The ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Old Lodge Theatre, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.6 KM from Hokitika
    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
    16.1 KM Franz Josef
Touring New Zealand in September and October, Fables are celebrating the release of their debut EP, Portraits. Fables produce a gentle and heartfelt indie-folk sound. Songstress Jess Bailey was taught by the Mackenzie Hills of the South Kaipara, ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Donovan's Store, Okarito, Westland   Distance: 16.1 KM from Franz Josef
    15.1 KM Punakaiki
Helen Webby’s AOTNZ tour. Helen loves to take her harp out of the orchestra and on the road where she can share the music and stories related to this magical musical instrument. On her latest AOTNZ tour she’ll be showcasing the Celtic ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Barrytown Hall, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 15.1 KM from Punakaiki
    0.6 KM Hokitika
Helen Webby’s AOTNZ tour. Helen loves to take her harp out of the orchestra and on the road where she can share the music and stories related to this magical musical instrument. On her latest AOTNZ tour she’ll be showcasing the Celtic ...
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
    0.5 KM Greymouth
New Zealand’s favourite Internet gathering, NetHui, is winding its way down South on its Roadtrip this year, making Greymouth – the heart of the West Coast – its second destination on 11 October 2018. NetHui brings people together to ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Tai Poutini Polytechnic, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 0.5 KM from Greymouth
    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
    0.7 KM Greymouth
In motorsport where speed defines everything the Greymouth Motorcycle Street Race is one gnarly ride. Each Labour Weekend a hardcore group of staunch and skilful riders descend upon the gritty streets of Greymouth on the South Island's West Coast ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Greymouth Street Race Circuit, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 0.7 KM from Greymouth
    0.8 KM Greymouth
Love, laughter & occasional tears as loved ones convey the messages you most need to hear. Message after message shows that we really do live on and that ‘death’ is merely the leaving of the outer garment here on the earth plane. It is a ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Kingsgate Hotel Greymouth, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 0.8 KM from Greymouth
    0.8 KM Greymouth
In this two hour show Jeanette works with a team of spirit world doctors and surgeons to remove pain and restriction often within just minutes. It’s a mind opening evening as Jeanette’s guides give insights to the causation of disease and show ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Kingsgate Hotel Greymouth, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 0.8 KM from Greymouth
    0.8 KM Greymouth
In this two hour show Jeanette works with a team of spirit world doctors and surgeons to remove pain and restriction often within just minutes. It’s a mind opening evening as Jeanette’s guides give insights to the causation of disease and show ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Kingsgate Hotel Greymouth, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 0.8 KM from Greymouth
    0.7 KM Westport
In this two hour show Jeanette works with a team of spirit world doctors and surgeons to remove pain and restriction often within just minutes. It’s a mind opening evening as Jeanette’s guides give insights to the causation of disease and show ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Westport Motor Hotel, Westport, Buller   Distance: 0.7 KM from Westport
    0.7 KM Westport
Love, laughter & occasional tears as loved ones convey the messages you most need to hear. Message after message shows that we really do live on and that ‘death’ is merely the leaving of the outer garment here on the earth plane. It is a ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Westport Motor Hotel, Westport, Buller   Distance: 0.7 KM from Westport
    0.7 KM Westport
In this two hour show Jeanette works with a team of spirit world doctors and surgeons to remove pain and restriction often within just minutes. It’s a mind opening evening as Jeanette’s guides give insights to the causation of disease and show ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Westport Motor Hotel, Westport, Buller   Distance: 0.7 KM from Westport
0.6 KM Greymouth
An evening with Melanie Crawford Clairvoyant from Queensland Australia tickets include a scrumptious dessert. Tickets avaialable from The Gap cafe Greymouth and Fleur De Lis Florist Hokitika.
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: The Gap Cafe, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 0.6 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. Always free entry - yay!!!! Perhaps you have heard of Karl through ...
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 4 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
    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
    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

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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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