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