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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'Coasters' warm hospitality
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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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 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 Hokitika, Birdsong Accommodation is family-run hostel that is known for it's warm welcoming ambiance, cleanliness, bird-inspired artwork, and modern facilities.
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 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 Wanaka's central location boasts views of the lake and mountains. Cosy and sociable, this is the ideal backpacker hostel for discovering all of Wanaka's activities and adventures.