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
Did you know
‘Coasters’ are famous for their warm hospitality
Don't leave without
catching the sunset over the Tasman Sea
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Wildfoods Festival 2020
When: Mar 7, 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM
Where: Weld Street, Hokitika, Westland
Venue: Cass Square, Hokitika, Westland
When: Feb 8, 09:30 AM to 01:30 PM
Where: Rutherglen Rd, Paroa, Greymouth, Grey
Venue: Shantytown, Greymouth, Grey
Jackie Bristow 'Blue Moon Rising Tour New Zealand 2020"
When: Feb 12, 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 6 Cargills Rd, Punakaiki, Buller
Venue: Barrytown Hall, Punakaiki, Buller
Concerti Grossi - Southern Baroque Ensemble
When: Feb 17, 07:30 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 40 High Street, Greymouth, Grey
Venue: St Patrick’s Church, Greymouth, Grey
Judah Kelly - Feels Like Home NZ Tour
When: Mar 27, 08:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 105 Palmerston St, Westport, Buller
Venue: NBS Theatre, Westport, Buller
Leave Work On Time: A Productivity & Time Management Course
When: Jan 23, 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: 38 Albert Street, Greymouth, Grey
Venue: CoRe, Greymouth, Grey
When: Oct 6 to Jan 26, 10:00 AM to 02:00 PM
Where: 73-87 Tainui St, Greymouth, Grey
Venue: Tai Poutini Polytechnic, Greymouth, Grey
Tattletale Saints Album Release Tour
When: Feb 1, 08:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: 1 Main St, Barrytown, Greymouth, Grey
Venue: Barrytown Hall, Greymouth, Grey
Glass Heart String Choir
When: Feb 15, 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 11 Revell Street, Hokitika, Westland
Venue: Old Lodge Theatre, Hokitika, Westland
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.
YHA Hokitika, Birdsong Accommodation is family-run hostel that is known for it's warm welcoming ambiance, cleanliness, bird-inspired artwork, and modern facilities.
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.
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.
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!
YHA Nelson is a comfortable, central backpacker hostel next to the popular Nelson Markets. Enjoy our garden, BBQ area, and well-equipped communal areas.