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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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
The Mud Plug
When: Aug 22, 09:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: 511 State Highway 6, Greymouth, Grey
Venue: On Yer BIke, Greymouth, Grey
Kiwi & Weka Aversion Training for Dogs
When: Aug 16, 09:00 AM to 04:30 PM
Where: Stafford Loop Road, Awatuna, Hokitika, Hokitika, Westland
Venue: Goldsborough Campsite, Hokitika, Westland
The Big Bike Film Night
When: Aug 21, 07:30 PM to 09:45 PM
Where: 105 Palmerston St, Westport, Buller
Venue: NBS Theatre, Westport, Buller
Putting Nature on the Map
When: Aug 23, 11:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: High Street, Greymouth, Grey
Venue: Greymouth High School, Greymouth, Grey
The Howard Morrison Quartet Take Two
When: Oct 22, 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: Cnr Mackay & Herbert Sts, Greymouth, Grey
Venue: Regent Theatre, Greymouth, Grey
Harp Meditation and Intuitive Development Retreat
When: Nov 6 to Nov 8, 07:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Where: 60 Ballarat Rise, Hokitika, Westland
Venue: Dysart Retreats, Hokitika, Westland
When: Nov 21 to Nov 22, 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: Miro Street, Greymouth, Grey
Venue: Karoro Domain, Greymouth, Grey
Project Early Bird Predator Trapping Conservation Week Event
When: Aug 23, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: 5 km west of the Fox Glacier Township, Westland, West Coast
Venue: Lake Matheson, Westland, West Coast
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 is perfectly cosy 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.