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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Breathe - Conscious Breathing
When: Aug 26 to Sep 9, 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
Where: 90 Hall St, Hokitika, Westland
Venue: Moonlight Healing, Hokitika, Westland
When: Sep 12, 07:30 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 55 Bridge St, Reefton, Buller
Venue: Reefton Workingmens Club, Reefton, Buller
Indroduction to Predator Trapping Methods
When: Sep 3 to Sep 4, 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: Turumaha Street, Greymouth, Grey
Venue: Anzac Park, Greymouth, Grey
Wonky Donkey Man children's show
When: Sep 8, 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where: Rutherglen Rd, Paroa, Greymouth, Grey
Venue: Shantytown, Greymouth, Grey
Greg Copeland and Steve 'Guitar' Gilles acoustic Blues duo
When: Oct 30, 07:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: The Strand, Okarito, Westland
Venue: Donovan's Store, Okarito, Westland
Ride the Wilderness
When: Nov 16, 08:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: 4 Aylmer St, Ross, Westland
Venue: Ross Goldfields Information & Heritage Centre, Ross, Westland
Open Mic / Jam Night
When: Aug 23, 06:30 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 81 Seddon St, Kumara, Hokitika, Westland
Venue: Theatre Royal Hotel, Hokitika, Westland
When: Sep 11, 08:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 1 Main St, Barrytown, Greymouth, Grey
Venue: Barrytown Hall, Greymouth, Grey
Loss, Grief and Healing Seminar with Sue
When: Sep 13, 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Cnr Mackay & Herbert Sts, Greymouth, Grey
Venue: Regent Theatre, Greymouth, Grey
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.