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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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1.3 KM Hokitika
In an innovative and risqué move, the Kumara Residents Trust is putting the fun in FUNdraiser by inviting you to ‘get your glam on and drag yourself out for a fabulous late night where anything can happen’. The Risqué Bingo party, hosted by ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Seaview Lodge, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 1.3 KM from Hokitika
    0.6 KM Greymouth
Sofia Talvik - World Tour 2019. During 2019 Swedish artist Sofia Talvik is embarking on a world tour that includes several European countries, New Zeeland and an extensive U.S tour. Sofia Talviks is an Americana/Folk musician and her music has ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Regent Theatre, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 0.6 KM from Greymouth
    15.1 KM Punakaiki
Mighty Brother is a New Orleans-based indie rock band with a genre-bending repertoire of upbeat originals ranging from Avett-inspired Americana to Radiohead-esque art rock. Soaring harmonies and striking melodies knit an eclectic sound, guiding ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Barrytown Hall, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 15.1 KM from Punakaiki
    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
    1 KM Westport
For almost thirty years The Original Gypsy Fair has been travelling NZ and we will be Back in Westport (for the first time in 17 years) at the Patterson park aka the Race course for our 23 fair of the 2018-2019 season. As always we will be ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Westport Racecourse, Westport, Buller   Distance: 1 KM from Westport
    0.3 KM Greymouth
Learn about what the Blind Foundation can do for you and your family. Check out our equipment display, or just drop by for a cuppa and a chat. We’ll also be running a free information session at 2:00pm. Why Use Smart Technology? How Smart ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Greymouth Uniting Church, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 0.3 KM from Greymouth
    0.5 KM Hokitika
Get your wild on for the 30th Hokitika Wildfoods Festival. Meet your local crafters, creators, bakers, buskers, movers and shakers at Hokitika's one only, year-round, permanent Community Market. It also just happens to be our 4th Birthday on the ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Revell Street Market, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.5 KM from Hokitika
    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
    3.2 KM Greymouth
For almost thirty years The Original Gypsy Fair has been travelling NZ and we will be back in Greymouth at the wonderful Omoto Racecourse for our 24th fair of the 2018-2019 season. As always we will be bringing an expansive range of handcrafted ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Greymouth Racecourse, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 3.2 KM from Greymouth
    0.6 KM Hokitika
Mockingbird - a comedy about mental health. Fresh from sell-out seasons in Norway, Sydney and Waipu. Based on the true stories of four generations of women and their devilish alter egos, Mockingbird is a tongue-in-cheek portrayal of postnatal ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Old Lodge Theatre, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.6 KM from Hokitika
    0.9 KM Westport
So much of what is happening in politics and society right now parallels what happens within Shakespeare’s plays – and we’re not just talking Trump. With this in mind, the ‘new takes’ on the works of the Bard will be performed by ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Buller High School, Westport, Buller   Distance: 0.9 KM from Westport
    0.3 KM Hokitika
Captivating audiences over 200 times per year to sell out events in New Zealand, Australia & Internationally, renowned neuroscience educator, Nathan Wallis brings his talk "The Developing Brain" to Hokitika. Nathan Wallis provides an informative ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Regent Theatre, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.3 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
    15.1 KM Punakaiki
Aro are setting off on their debut album release tour around the country from February to May 2019, following their official album release on Feb 15th. Aro's sound is distinctly Aotearoa/NZ pop, with a range of other influences including RnB, Jazz, ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Barrytown Hall, Greymouth, Grey   Distance: 15.1 KM from Punakaiki
    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
    0.3 KM Hokitika
Mountainfilm uses the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. Telluride Mountainfilm is a dynamic organisation with a festival of films, people, stories and ideas that celebrates indomitable spirit, educates and ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Regent Theatre, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.3 KM from Hokitika
    24.8 KM Kumara
Around Brunner Cycle Ride - Saturday 4th May 2019. 2019 will see Around Brunner have a major change, with the Start and Finish being at Moana Hotel Lake Brunner. This changes the race significantly and eliminates the traffic issues in central ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Moana Hotel, Moana, Grey   Distance: 24.8 KM from Kumara
    0.3 KM Hokitika
Prepare to be inspired! The Big Bike Film Night is on a mission sharing the best cycling short films from around the world with you. Showcasing our 2019 collection that has everything a cycling-centric audience could want - action, drama, ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Regent Theatre, Hokitika, Westland   Distance: 0.3 KM from Hokitika
    0.7 KM Westport
Prepare to be inspired! The Big Bike Film Night is on a mission sharing the best cycling short films from around the world with you. Showcasing our 2019 collection that has everything a cycling-centric audience could want - action, drama, ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: NBS Theatre, Westport, Buller   Distance: 0.7 KM from Westport
    0.7 KM Westport
“Only 30 seconds gone and all of us are captivated, spellbound and lapping it up.” - Alan Scott-Theatre Review 15,000+ children saw this extraordinary show in 2017/18. 700 schools will hear about it in 2019. 20,000+ children will see it in ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: NBS Theatre, Westport, Buller   Distance: 0.7 KM from Westport

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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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