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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

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‘Coasters’ are famous for their warm hospitality

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catching the sunset over the Tasman Sea

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events

Saturday Market
Saturday Market

When: Dec 1 to Apr 27, 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM
Where: 51 Revell St, Hokitika, Westland
Venue: Revell Street Market, Hokitika, Westland

Ktoo
Ktoo

When: Apr 24, 08:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 1 Main St, Barrytown, Greymouth, Grey
Venue: Barrytown Hall, Greymouth, Grey

The Big Bike Film Night
The Big Bike Film Night

When: May 24, 07:30 PM to 09:45 PM
Where: 105 Palmerston St, Westport, Buller
Venue: NBS Theatre, Westport, Buller

Ride the Wilderness
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

Jennian Homes - Mother's Day Fun Run 2019
Jennian Homes - Mother's Day Fun Run 2019

When: May 12, 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: Queen Street
Venue: Wesport Yacht Club, Westport, West Coast

AECS Automotive Roadshow
AECS Automotive Roadshow

When: May 28, 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where: 73-87 Tainui St, Greymouth, Grey
Venue: Tai Poutini Polytechnic, Greymouth, Grey

Matariki Glow Show
Matariki Glow Show

When: Jun 21, 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Where: 105 Palmerston St, Westport, Buller
Venue: NBS Theatre, Westport, Buller

Adam McGrath - Ragged Ramble Tour
Adam McGrath - Ragged Ramble Tour

When: May 26, 07:30 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 1 Main St, Barrytown, Greymouth, Grey
Venue: Barrytown Hall, Greymouth, Grey

Mountainfilm On Tour 2019
Mountainfilm On Tour 2019

When: May 1, 07:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: 23 Weld St, Hokitika, Westland
Venue: Regent Theatre, Hokitika, Westland

Around Brunner
Around Brunner

When: May 4, 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM
Where: 34 Ahau St, Moana, Grey
Venue: Moana Hotel, Moana, Grey

Nearby Hostels

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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.

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YHA Hokitika

YHA Hokitika, Birdsong Accommodation is family-run hostel that is known for it's warm welcoming ambiance, cleanliness, bird-inspired artwork, and modern facilities.

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YHA Punakaiki

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.

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YHA Westport

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.

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YHA Christchurch

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!

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YHA Nelson

YHA Nelson is a comfortable, central backpacker hostel next to the popular Nelson Markets. Enjoy our garden, BBQ area, and well-equipped communal areas.

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