The wildest side of New Zealand, the West Coast has the power to touch your soul. The West Coast is a place of brooding mountains, icy glaciers and surreal coastal formations. The region is well known for its rich coal mining history in addition to its abundant unique natural attractions. Visit the Oparara limestone arches in Karamea and Kahurangi National Park, check out Greymouth the heart of the West Coast or travel further south and experience the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. more
Discover Nikau palms and semi tropical fruit trees in the north to temperate rainforests in the south. In between are wild coastlines, deserted beaches and dense forests all waiting to be explored by you. It’s the holiday you know you’ve been needing for ages.
Enjoy the 620km journey along the West Coast filled with rich mining history, natural attractions and activities for everyone to enjoy.
The West Coast towns include:
Buller: Karamea, Reefton, Westport and Punakaiki
Grey: Greymouthand Moana
Westland: Hokitika, South Westland, Franz Josef, Fox Glacier and Haast
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Mobile-friendly - Seconds to the beach and just a short stroll to the glow worm dell, our accommodation has something for everyone. Four self-contained stand-alone cottages. Spacious family and studio units. Three budget bunkroom cabins. Sheltered 11-site motorhome park with access bathroom and comfortable kitchen dining facilities. Wireless Internet and Skype available. Close to Hokitika town centre and beach.
Aachen Place Motels offers Greymouth accommodation consisting of 13 studio and luxury family units. We offer quality at affordable rates. All units fully self-contained and serviced daily. Superb cooked and continental breakfasts available. One kilometre from town centre. Five-minute stroll to large children's playground, recreational park and swimming pool. Train pick-ups available by arrangement.
Mobile-friendly - About New Zealand Rental Cars is one of New Zealand's favourite car hire companies that specialise in providing a large fleet of modern rental cars for self-drive holidays, sports teams and business travel. We offer rental cars in Greymouth and from our other depots in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Picton, Blenheim, Christchurch and Queenstown.
Mobile-friendly - Thrilling two-hour-plus quad bike ride with glacial views and the thrill of riding through West Coast dense rainforest, braided riverbeds and glorious mud to emerge at an ancient terminal moraine and an outstanding view of the Franz Josef Glacier. Two-seater "Can-am" 400cc automatic quad bikes, no experience necessary. Ask about our combos with Air Safaris, Franz Skydive and Glacier Helicopters.
Scenic flights over the South Island's spectacular Southern Alps. Our high wing Cessna seats five and provides fantastic viewing and photo opportunities. Enjoy unimpeded views as you fly through a landscape of unbelievable grandeur and beauty. Scenic routes include Mt Cook & West Coast Glaciers and the Rangitata Headwaters. Airport transfers from Christchurch to Queenstown or anywhere in between.
Mobile-friendly - Our spectacular "Grand Traverse" Scenic flights promise an incredible view of the mighty Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and rugged Westland National Park before traversing Mount Cook to explore the vast Mount Cook National Park. Experienced pilots, safe, modern aircraft, every seat has a window - get the big picture!
Mobile-friendly - Warm, affordable accommodation in a delightful, popular area of New Zealand. Quiet location near fantastic natural scenic attractions. Close to the picturesque glacier, local cafes, restaurants, pubs and tour operators. Quality, comfortable accommodation, modern facilities, picturesque views—we have it all! Friendly hosts keen to assist.
Mobile-friendly - Situated in Franz Josef Glacier township surrounded by beautiful native bush and stunning mountain views. Amaia Luxury Spa offers outstanding Skin and Body Therapies in a peaceful and relaxed environment. Gorgeous Facial Therapies that will restore your natural radiance and balance your skins needs. Massage Therapies including Lomi-Lomi to soothe away tension and promote a sense of well-being.
Mobile-friendly - Apex Car Rentals has been doing things 'the Kiwi way' for 20 years by providing exceptional customer service and respecting the different cultures we work with every day. Choose Apex for your New Zealand car hire and experience first-hand why our customers rate us the best car rental company in New Zealand.
Welcome to Arthur's Pass Alpine Motel, conveniently located in Arthur's Pass Village, in the heart of Arthur's Pass National Park in NZ's Southern Alps. 9 warm cosy cabins, all with their own kitchen, shower and toilet. Rooms are fully double glazed and can accommodate 1-5 guests. We offer free WIFI, mobile coverage and extensive information about the area.
Mobile-friendly - Spacious, comfortable ASURE 4-star rated accommodation in Westport, in the spectacular Northern West Coast. Great stop-over between the glaciers & the Nelson/Marlborough areas. Free WIFI, 50+ Sky channels, close to shops, supermarkets and restaurants. Studios 1, 2 and 3 bedroom family units, some with spa baths, and access units cater for all requirements. Free car parking and secure bicycle storage.
Mobile-friendly - Discover what you've been missing with New Zealand's most trusted car rental brand, offering a wide range of late model cars, 4WDs and vans, available from more than 40 convenient locations nationwide. Avis rentals also include unlimited kilometres, free standard insurance, and 24-hour breakdown service from AA Roadside Assistance. You can also earn Flybuys or Airpoints rewards with every rental.
Mobile-friendly - Awatuna Homestead offers a haven of relaxed comfort with timeless, country elegance in rural surroundings. Villa style homestead with gorgeous well-appointed bedrooms and bathrooms. Our guest lounge is a favourite gathering room to relax, exchange travel stories and share the days photos. Delicious platter style dinning, offers a relaxed ambience and easy conversation.
Mobile-friendly - In the centre of town close to bars, shops, cafes, we offer a variety of facilities and accommodation for everyone. Standard dorm rooms (twins/doubles), self-contained rooms, twin, double and family, campervan power sites and tent sites. Facilities include: two TV rooms, two lounges, outdoor covered BBQ area. Lots of quiet garden areas to relax. FREE WiFi. 你好, 欢迎.
Mobile-friendly - Located in Hokitika on New Zealand's West Coast is the stunning Beachfront Hotel. Five different categories of rooms from fully refurbished comfortable street-front Driftwood Superior rooms to modern, luxury and spacious Ocean-view rooms with uninterrupted views of the beach or two/three bedroom suites. Also magnificent Penthouse. Newly-refurbished Oceanview Restaurant and Bar, event facilities for weddings, conferences, meetings and parties.
Mobile-friendly - Stay at our Franz Josef Glacier motel accommodation and experience our friendly service and modern units at competitive rates. Studio, Spa Bath, Family and Accessible units with free unlimited WiFi. We are located in the heart of the village, an easy walk to restaurants, activities and are just metres to the very popular Glacier Hot Pools.
Mobile-friendly - Our superior smoke free accommodation includes a variety of studios and one bedroom units. The purpose built access units have been designed with parking at the door for your convenience. You have a choice of super-king, king, queen or single beds with electric blankets for those cooler nights. This property has been independently assessed by Qualmark as 4-star quality accommodation.
Mobile-friendly - Bella Vista Motel can fulfil your accommodation requirements whatever your reason for visiting Westport—business or pleasure. A great location with 18 self-contained and serviced units within walking distance to Westport town centre. Spa bath studios and single to king-size beds available. Free off-street car parking and bicycle storage, 50+ SKY channels, Free WIFI. Cooked and continental breakfast. Qualmark 4-star-rated Motel.
Range of warm, affordable units located beside a picturesque river in a relaxing natural setting. Short stroll to the town centre with the community facilities. All units fully self-contained. Nourishing continental breakfasts available. Reefton is close to many natural attractions. A great place to leave stress behind.
Black Sheep Touring Co. is a leading travel specialist in small-group, private and self-drive tours of New Zealand. Based in New Zealand, we provide vital local knowledge, passionate New Zealand guides and itineraries that blend your bucket-list destinations with our own secret finds. At the same time, our global team serves your start-to-finish travel needs.
Situated on one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world and set on one acre of lovely gardens. Bluewaves has two double accommodation rooms with outside dining with stunning sunset views. Located between the Tasman sea and Paparoa Mountains on the edge of Paparoa National Park with all of its famous attractions. Close to Punakaiki.
Mobile-friendly - Magnificent location overlooking the Tasman with private track for beach access. All accommodation has fantastic sea views. Lie in bed, watch the rolling surf and be lulled to sleep by the sound of the breaking waves. A beachfront haven close to all attractions the West Coast has to offer. Explore the beach or sit back and enjoy the view.
Mobile-friendly - We offer value for money accommodation, for travellers on a budget. Fantastic scenic location, clean rooms, friendly hosts. Just 900 metres from Grey River, a popular swimming spot, free Wi-Fi and free bicycle rental. Located in a historic miner's pub, it features rooms with lovely garden and mountain views. Shantytown is a 20-minute drive away.
Mobile-friendly - Hurunui Jacks is situated on the West Coast and only metres from the spectacular West Coast Wilderness Cycle Trail. Surrounded by National Park - it's 30 acres of total peace and tranquility. Your luxury canvas tent with a cosy tent stove, rests on a private spot on the banks of the Kaniere River, nestled amongst ancient virgin forest.
Mobile-friendly - The Hexagon is an atmospheric, off-the-grid rustic hut, built by an astrologer over 30 years ago. With stunning coastal views, fantastic glam camping facilities, and just 10 minutes from the famous 'Pancake Rocks', The Hexagon is the perfect place to stay on the wild West Coast.
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The Danberrys (Nashville)
Described as "a rhythmically seductive and emotionally connecting band," The Danberrys are led by Tennessee-born couple of Ben DeBerry and Dorothy Daniel - a truly unique pair of artists hailing from East Nashville, ...
Where: Donovan's Store, Okarito, Westland
Address: The Strand, Okarito, Westland
From: 8:00pm on Friday 15th December 2017
To: 10:00pm on Friday 15th December 2017
Interislander Summer Festival Westport Trots
West Coasters - join Westport Trotting Club on Boxing Day and December 28 for the Interislander Summer Festival. It's your chance to unwind from the Christmas rush (and enjoy a picnic of Christmas leftovers!) at a ...
Where: Westport Trotting Club, Westport, Buller
Address: 15 Derby St, Westport, Buller
From: 10:00am on Tuesday 26th December 2017
To: 5:00pm on Thursday 28th December 2017
Interislander Summer Festival Reefton Trots
The perfect way to enjoy the lead up to the New Year is a day spent at Interislander Summer Festival Reefton Family Trots. Rally your family and friends, pack a picnic - or sample the local fare - and set up a base ...
Where: Reefton Racecourse, Reefton, Buller
Address: Lower Broadway, Reefton, Buller
From: 10:00am on Saturday 30th December 2017
To: 5:00pm on Saturday 30th December 2017
Interislander Summer Festival Greymouth Family Races
Enjoy a great family day out at Greymouth Jockey Club's Interislander Summer Festival event with free children's entertainment as well as thrilling thoroughbred action. There is loads of great entertainment for the ...
Where: Greymouth Racecourse, Greymouth, Grey
Address: Omoto Road, Greymouth, Grey
From: 10:00am on Sunday 7th January 2018
To: 11:59pm on Sunday 7th January 2018
Interislander Summer Festival Hokitika Family Races
Enjoy a family day out at Interislander Summer Festival Hokitika Family Races with exciting thoroughbred racing, live music, free kids entertainment, Fashion in the Field and plenty of that great West Coast atmosphere.
Where: Hokitika Racecourse, Hokitika, Westland
Address: Park Street, Hokitika, Hokitika, Westland
From: 10:00am on Wednesday 10th January 2018
To: 11:59pm on Wednesday 10th January 2018
Treasures of Tauranga Bay Community Conservation and Fun Day
Come and find out about the Biodiversity Treasures of Tauranga Bay and the projects happening there, connect with the people who are working to protect it and come for a great day out with loads of activities for ...
Where: Tauranga Bay, Westport, Buller
Address: Tauranga Bay Rd, Westport, Buller
From: 10:00am on Sunday 21st January 2018
To: 3:00pm on Sunday 21st January 2018
National Youth Brass Band
Under the baton of David Bremner (principal trombone NZSO, conductor of Wellington Brass, the champion band of New Zealand), the 2018 National Youth Brass Band presents "History - a celebration of 200 years of brass ...
Where: NBS Theatre, Westport, Buller
Address: 105 Palmerston St, Westport, Buller
From: 7:30pm on Thursday 25th January 2018
To: 9:30pm on Thursday 25th January 2018
Shantytown to Moana (Lake Brunner) by a route never done before. Gold Trail is an amazing ride through the history of the West Coast and the Gold Trails that both our ancestors and many Chinese walked, in the search ...
Where: Shantytown, Greymouth, Grey
Address: Rutherglen Rd, Paroa, Greymouth, Grey
From: 9:30am on Sunday 4th February 2018
To: 1:00pm on Sunday 4th February 2018
Music & Dance
Baroque Community and Educational Trust of New Zealand presents an enchanting concert with music by Vivaldi, Corelli and Telemann featuring Baroque period dance specialist, Mareike Greb from Germany, in full period ...
Where: St Patrick’s Church, Greymouth, Grey
Address: 40 High Street, Greymouth, Grey
From: 7:30pm on Thursday 8th February 2018
To: 11:59pm on Thursday 8th February 2018
Kathmandu Coast to Coast
The Kathmandu Coast to Coast is an iconic multisport event based in the South Island of New Zealand. The Kathmandu Coast to Coast covers 243 kilometres as competitors in the one day Multisport World Championship ...
Where: Kumara Racecourse, Kumara, Grey
Address: Otira Hwy, Kumara, Grey
From: 7:00am on Friday 9th February 2018
To: 11:00pm on Saturday 10th February 2018