UNESCO has declared the Haast region on the West Coast as a world heritage area claiming it is a significant natural treasure comparable to the Grand Canyon and Great Barrier Reef due to its dramatic and diverse landscapes. The township of Haast was only accessible by air for many years until the Gates of Haast opened this special place up to the rest of the world. more
Whitebait! Haast has it and they want you to try it. Visit Curly Tree Whitebait Company to eat it just like the locals do.
From Haast to Jackson Bay there are empty shingle beaches, dunes, lakes and wetlands, all with the soaring backdrop of the Southern Alps making it an outdoor enthusiast's playground; Tramping, hunting, jetboating tours and specialised helicopter flights are all available.
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Mobile-friendly - An extraordinary selection of unique small group tours. Premier experiences using the most qualified people, personalities, locations and knowledge. Our trips range from guided adventure and dive tours through to educational tours with marine mammals. We are constantly striving to build greater ecological awareness of the highly sensitive and vulnerable nature of the environment.
Mobile-friendly - The stunning Haast World Heritage area is one of the top New Zealand attractions in the country. Haast Heli specializes in scenic flights over this spectacular scenery. We have local experienced hunting guides available and the area is famous for its trout fishing rivers. Modern fleet of three and four seat helicopters ensuring every passenger has stunning views.
Mobile-friendly - Welcome to Haast River Motels/Holiday Park, your ideal holiday accommodation in the unforgettable West Coast, gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park. It is a great place to base yourself whether exploring the local district and its many attractions or enjoy the outdoors with fishing, boating, rainforest & beach walks and don’t forget to try the famous Whitebait patty.
Mobile-friendly - Near the Southern Alps and the scenic Haast River. Marvellous drive to Queenstown, Wanaka and glaciers. Ideal place to relax and unwind, with true West Coast hospitality and cuisine. Recent refurbishment now offers a range of centrally heated ground floor en suite units. On site conference facilities and Internet.
Mobile-friendly - Great Kiwi walks—the ultimate New Zealand wilderness trekking. Our 'Great Kiwi Walks' offer true inspiration for the soul! Enjoy half to full-day eco-trekking amongst lush native rainforest, ancient river valleys and stunning alpine scenery with access by air or jet boat. Our helicopter-walk-jetboat adventures include the Siberia Wilderness Adventure and Jumboland Wilderness Adventure.
Mobile-friendly - Surrounded by the Mt Aspiring World Heritage National Park, Makarora Wilderness Motel offers a secluded retreat in the midst of the Southern Alps. Excellent base from which to explore the surrounding temperate rain forests, national parks and scenic reserves. Perfect for travellers looking for the warmth and ambience of a home.
Mt Aspiring National Park is located at the southern end of the West Coast in the South Island. It's the third largest park and part of Te Wahapounamu - Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area. The park contains mountains, glaciers, river valleys and alpine lakes. It's ideal for short walks and is the location for Isengard (Lord of the Rings).
Mobile-friendly - Half-day wilderness experience combining spectacular helicopter flight, valley walk and jet boat ride. Aerial views of towering ice carved mountains and glaciers. Land in the remote Siberia Valley and enjoy a relaxing three-hour walk on a well marked track. Rendezvous for a fast paced river jet safari through icy blue waters.
Mobile-friendly - The West Coast of the Southern Alps is an adventure and outdoor wonderland. There are beach and forest walks, eco tourism experiences, caving, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, surfing, jet-boating, jet-skiing, glacier walks, mountain biking, scenic flights, horse-treks, river and sea fishing, goldpanning and exploring the old gold mines and ghost towns. Cycle the new West Coast Wilderness Trail over 4 days.
Mobile-friendly - Shallow water jet boating in spectacular wilderness rivers. River Jet Safari (one hour) fast paced, jet boat ride into the World Heritage-listed Mt Aspiring National Park. Enjoy a 50-kilometre wilderness river journey amidst native beech forest, ancient river valleys and rugged ice-capped mountains, or combine this trip with a spectacular heli-jet combo.
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