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The West Coast - untamed natural wilderness

The West Coast of the South Island is a treasure trove of outdoor delights, with Franz Josef Glacier the jewel in its glittering crown. Towering over the lush rainforest of the Westland Tai Poutini National Park, this giant glacier features caves, tunnels and crevasses you can explore on a guided tour.

Follow the twists and turns of the Great Coast Road to see more of this vast region, planning pitstops at the cool little town of Hokitika, Punakaiki’s pancake rocks and blowholes, and the rugged coastline around Westport.

at a glance

Best known for

some of the most accessible glaciers in the world

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‘Coasters’ are famous for their warm hospitality

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catching the sunset over the Tasman Sea

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events

Hokitika Wildfoods Festival 2019
Hokitika Wildfoods Festival 2019

When: Mar 9, 10:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Where: Weld Street, Hokitika, Westland
Venue: Cass Square, Hokitika, Westland

The Original Gypsy Fair – Est'd 1990
The Original Gypsy Fair – Est'd 1990

When: Mar 2 to Mar 3, 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: Derby Street, Westport, Buller
Venue: Westport Racecourse, Westport, Buller

Mighty Brother - She'll Be Right Tour '19
Mighty Brother - She'll Be Right Tour '19

When: Feb 18, 08:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 1 Main St, Barrytown, Greymouth, Grey
Venue: Barrytown Hall, Greymouth, Grey

Saturday Market
Saturday Market

When: Dec 1 to Apr 27, 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM
Where: 51 Revell St, Hokitika, Westland
Venue: Revell Street Market, Hokitika, Westland

The Developing Brain - Hokitika
The Developing Brain - Hokitika

When: Apr 11, 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 23 Weld St, Hokitika, Westland
Venue: Regent Theatre, Hokitika, Westland

Art In the Park 2019
Art In the Park 2019

When: Mar 2 to Mar 3, 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: High Street, Greymouth, Grey
Venue: Greymouth High School, Greymouth, Grey

Revell Street Market Wildfoods
Revell Street Market Wildfoods

When: Mar 9, 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: 51 Revell St, Hokitika, Westland
Venue: Revell Street Market, Hokitika, Westland

The Big Bike Film Night
The Big Bike Film Night

When: May 24, 07:30 PM to 09:45 PM
Where: 105 Palmerston St, Westport, Buller
Venue: NBS Theatre, Westport, Buller

Matariki Glow Show
Matariki Glow Show

When: Jun 21, 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Where: 105 Palmerston St, Westport, Buller
Venue: NBS Theatre, Westport, Buller

Mockingbird
Mockingbird

When: Mar 20, 07:30 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 11 Revell Street, Hokitika, Westland
Venue: Old Lodge Theatre, Hokitika, Westland

Nearby Hostels

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YHA Franz Josef

Explore glaciers, lakes, and mountains from YHA Franz Josef, a backpacker hostel that sits right on the edge of the West Coast rainforest and offers a sauna that's perfect after a day at the glacier.

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YHA Hokitika

YHA Hokitika, Birdsong Accommodation is family-run hostel that is known for it's warm welcoming ambiance, cleanliness, bird-inspired artwork, and modern facilities.

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YHA Punakaiki

YHA Punakaiki Te Nikau Retreat is nestled among native rainforest on the West Coast for a sense of total escapism. Relax among the bush, a short stroll from the Truman Track and beach.

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YHA Westport

YHA Westport TripInn Hostel is a unique backpacker hostel due to its history as a stately gentlemen's residence. The architecture and friendly staff create an atmosphere not seen in many hostels.

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YHA Christchurch

YHA Christchurch is a homely heritage building with a modern atmosphere. Located near the town centre, this backpacker hostel is a perfect home base to see everything Christchurch has to offer!

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YHA Nelson

YHA Nelson is a comfortable, central backpacker hostel next to the popular Nelson Markets. Enjoy our garden, BBQ area, and well-equipped communal areas.

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