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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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    0.7 KM Reefton
Lead singer/songwriter from mythic, mongrel, country band The Eastern, Adam McGrath embarks on this solo tour with the same intensity, passion, love and humour that has earned his day band a place in the hearts and minds of all New Zealanders. Now ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Reefton Workingmens Club, Reefton, Buller   Distance: 0.7 KM from Reefton
    0.6 KM Hokitika
Lead singer/songwriter from mythic, mongrel, country band The Eastern, Adam McGrath embarks on this solo tour with the same intensity, passion, love and humour that has earned his day band a place in the hearts and minds of all New Zealanders. Now ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Old Lodge Theatre, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.6 KM from Hokitika
    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
    2.6 KM Franz Josef
Lead singer/songwriter from mythic, mongrel, country band The Eastern, Adam McGrath embarks on this solo tour with the same intensity, passion, love and humour that has earned his day band a place in the hearts and minds of all New Zealanders. Now ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Snake Bite Brewery, Franz Josef, Westland   Distance: 2.6 KM from Franz Josef
    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
    0.3 KM Hokitika
In 1866, the ‘Burgess/Kelly Gang’ murdered five men on the Maungatapu track, near Nelson, in New Zealand’s most infamous case of bush-ranging. The gang’s subsequent arrest, trial and hangings set the whole colony aflame with a mixture of ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Regent Theatre, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.3 KM from Hokitika
    2.8 KM Franz Josef
Erin is returning to your favourite venues this Spring with an evolved show, bringing new songs and fresh vibe into the 'sphere you dig already. Adding keys, clarinet, brass and beats into her weave of soulful, live looping brilliance, Erin is ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Monsoon Bar, Franz Josef, Westland   Distance: 2.8 KM from Franz Josef
0.7 KM Westport
Learn about arthritis and self-care – pain management, exercise and much more. Presenters: Dave Cox & Barbara Morton - Arthritis Educators 9:15am - Osteoarthritis group information 10:30am - Rheumatoid arthritis group information 11:45am ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Buller REAP, Westport, Buller   Distance: 0.7 KM from Westport
0.4 KM Hokitika
Pain does not have to rule your life. Find out ways to manage any kind of chronic pain. Presenters: Dave Cox & Barbara Morton - Arthritis Educators To register, call 0800 663 463 or email - [email protected]
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Order of St John, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.4 KM from Hokitika
1.7 KM Greymouth
Pain does not have to rule your life. Find out ways to manage any kind of chronic pain. Presenters: Dave Cox & Barbara Morton - Arthritis Educators To register please call Arthritis New Zealand on 0800 663 463 or email: ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Westland Recreation Centre, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 1.7 KM from Greymouth
1.7 KM Greymouth
Pain does not have to rule your life. Find out ways to manage any kind of chronic pain. 9:15am - Osteoarthritis group information 10:30am - Any form of arthritis group information (including gout arthritis & fibromyalgia) To register please ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Westland Recreation Centre, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 1.7 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
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
This fascinating evening begins with an exploration of the self and then leads into sensing the pres-ence of guides as you learn how to work with the Friends of Light.
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
This fascinating evening begins with an exploration of the self and then leads into sensing the pres-ence of guides as you learn how to work with the Friends of Light.
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
    0.7 KM Westport
Lovin’ the blues live at NBS Theatre. Wellington based Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band are heading to play NBS Theatre, Westport on Friday 9th November. They’ll be loving the blues ‘live’ as always. This band are dynamic, ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: NBS Theatre, 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
    0.4 KM Greymouth
A modern NZ classic. The history of the Bishop family is told in a series of scenes set on Christmas Day over a period of forty years. By concentrating on the minutiae of family life Lord paints an authentic portrayal of New Zealand culture from ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: The Union Hotel, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 0.4 KM from Greymouth
    25.3 KM Westport
Roll up, roll up, the Wandering Circus is in town! Presenting a dazzling lineup of international performers and homegrown talent, the Wandering Circus Troupe is travelling the South Island this summer, bringing exciting shows and workshops for all ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Tommy Knockers Cafe, Granity, Buller   Distance: 25.3 KM from Westport
    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
    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
    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
    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
    0.2 KM Hokitika
30 YEARS ... 30 DAYS ... $30 ADULT TICKETS! 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 ...
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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