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The West Coast - untamed natural wilderness

The West Coast of the South Island and the Great Coast Road is a treasure trove of outdoor delights; rainforests, lakes, glaciers and wild seas. It's perfect for hiking, biking and surfing.

You can't miss Franz Josef Glacier. Towering over the lush rainforest of the Westland Tai Poutini National Park, this giant features caves, tunnels and crevasses you can explore on a guided tour or from a scenic flight above. 

Follow the twists and turns of the Great Coast Road to see more of this vast region and the buckk list experiences on offer. Wild seas, Great Walks, pioneer history and local crafts abound up and down the coast.

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Did you know

you can learn to carve Pounamu in Hokitika

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Getting up close and personal with a Glacier

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stories

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Ready for a West Coast Adventure?

The Great Coast Road on the South Island’s West Coast is a treasure trove of bucket list travel experiences. This rugged coastline has a rich...

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7 Epic Surf Spots in New Zealand

With so much coastline to explore, it'd be rude not to hit the surf on your next NZ break.

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Literally Just 15 Beautiful Shots Near Franz Josef

If you've ever wondered why you should visit Franz Josef, this is it! Featuring a walk up to and scenic flight over the glaciers, Lake Matheson,...

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Weekend Road-Tripping in New Zealand

We've put together a helpful guide for making the most of your weekends in 2020! All of our tip-top advice, a few things to keep in mind and even...

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Top 8 Mountain Biking Towns in New Zealand

Whether you're an avid downhill mountain biker or trail rider, our 35+ hostels have you covered when it comes to hanging up your helmet at the end...

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DOC Short Walks

Experience some of New Zealand's highlights in easy-to-manage, bite-sized pieces.

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events

Introduction to Māori Healing
Introduction to Māori Healing

When: Nov 7, 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Where: 72 Tudor Street, Hokitika, Westland
Venue: REAP House, Hokitika, Westland

Stan Walker
Stan Walker

When: Nov 20, 06:30 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: Cnr Mackay & Herbert Sts, Greymouth, Grey
Venue: Regent Theatre, Greymouth, Grey

The Extravaganza Fair
The Extravaganza Fair

When: Nov 21 to Nov 22, 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: Miro Street, Greymouth, Grey
Venue: Karoro Domain, Greymouth, Grey

Hokitika Saturday Market
Hokitika Saturday Market

When: Jul 25 to Jul 24, 09:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: 51 Revell St, Hokitika, Westland
Venue: Revell Street Market, Hokitika, Westland

Ride the Wilderness
Ride the Wilderness

When: Nov 14, 08:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: Ross i-Site
Venue: West Coast Wilderness Trail, Ross, West Coast

Rail Land - Anthonie Tonnon
Rail Land - Anthonie Tonnon

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

Say It With Flowers
Say It With Flowers

When: Nov 27, 08:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 6 Cargills Rd, Punakaiki, Buller
Venue: Barrytown Hall, Punakaiki, Buller

Albi & The Wolves Back On Track Tour
Albi & The Wolves Back On Track Tour

When: Dec 27, 08:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: 1 Main St, Barrytown, Greymouth, Grey
Venue: Barrytown Hall, Greymouth, Grey

Lockdown Laundry - Air Your Memories
Lockdown Laundry - Air Your Memories

When: Oct 29, 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: Smith St, Inangahua, Buller
Venue: Inangahua County Library, Inangahua, Buller

Te Tai o Poutini Art Awards
Te Tai o Poutini Art Awards

When: Aug 31 to Nov 4, 12:00 AM to 11:55 PM
Where: Region-wide competition
Venue: Weld Lane Hokitika, Hokitika, West Coast

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