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.
Mobile-friendly - Ideally situated just a short stroll into the main Franz Josef village, surrounded by native bush and majestic mountains, providing privacy for guests in tranquil, peaceful setting. Those exhausted from travel may wish to have a warm relaxing soak in the Glacier Hot Pools Complex opposite the Motel or meet the rare Rowi Kiwi at the West Coast Wildlife Centre.
Mobile-friendly - 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 - Ace Rental Cars is New Zealand's largest locally owned rental car company.Rent the experience. All our vehicles are fully serviced and maintained every 6 months. Ace Rental Cars now operate seventeen branches across fifteen cities throughout Australia and New Zealand. In addition to the core fleet of older vehicles, the company also provide a Premium fleet, featuring brand new vehicles.
Mobile-friendly - Experience the thrill of riding two-seater quadbikes through dense rainforest and braided riverbeds. Have fun in the sun and see spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the famous Franz Josef Glacier OR as we like to say, the wetter the better to get down and dirty in the mud and water. All wet-weather gear provided and no experience necessary.
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 - Air Safaris offers a range of helicopter flights from Lake Tekapo. All with a snow or alpine landing. Choose from the 30 minute Explorer, the 45 minute Grandeur or the 60 minute Magic. See New Zealand’s tallest mountains and longest glaciers up close.
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 - Aspiring Court Motel is situated in the Haast Township and in the heart of World Heritage Rainforest. Family and studio units which are modern, sunny, comfortable and ground-floor. All have kitchens and en suites and are smoke free. Three are access units. General store, card and credit card telephones on-site.
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 - ASURE Highpark Motor Inn is a ASURE 4-star rating Greymouth motel offering fully self-contained, daily-serviced luxurious and spacious apartments, including two access units with European showers and two executive suites with spa baths. Convenient central location in Greymouth, free train and bus station transfers available. Your hosts Lynda & Kevin Tucker promises you a warm welcome and friendly, personal service.
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 Airpoints Dollars™ when renting with Avis.
A wilderness adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy an exceptional helicopter flight, then surf, hike, SUP, kayak, dive & fish for fantastic foods. Stay amongst incredible coastal wilderness, amazing chef & fun local guides to ensure the best possible stay. Our tailored adventures depart from Queenstown, with aditional options from Milford Sound and Haast in South Westland.
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 comfortable, elegant street-front Driftwood rooms to modern, luxury and spacious Ocean-view rooms with uninterrupted views of the beach and rugged Tasman Sea. Magnificent Penthouse. The Oceanview Restaurant and Bar, event facilities for weddings, conferences, meetings and parties. Your West Coast accommodation.
Qualmark 4 star accommodation. We are easy to find on the main road of Fox Glacier, situated in a quiet central location. From the moment you arrive you'll enjoy the convenience of being located in close proximity to the village for shops, restaurants and activity providers. Our superior smoke free accommodation includes a variety of studios and one bedroom units.
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.
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Into the West... A Vocal Journey
Back by popular demand… The Vocal Collective, formerly Christchurch Pops Choir, returns to Hokitika once more to thrill, entertain, and bring joy to the West Coast. Featuring music of well known artists of yesterday ...
Where: Regent Theatre, Hokitika, Westland
Address: 23 Weld St, Hokitika, Westland
From: 7:00pm on Saturday 3rd August 2019
To: 9:00pm on Saturday 3rd August 2019
AOTNZ tour. I’m dreaming hours down to minutes…” In 1913 Annie enters the remote mountains of Kahurangi National Park to live a hidden life with her lover Henry Chaffey and stays there for 40 years. 40 years ...
Where: Old Lodge Theatre, Hokitika, Westland
Address: 11 Revell Street, Hokitika, Westland
From: 7:30pm on Sunday 18th August 2019
To: 11:59pm on Sunday 18th August 2019
Emma G - Together We Rise
The magic of fear is: learning to rise again - breaking the walls we've built in our minds - the magic of love is: together we rise Monsoon Bar & Restaurant is proud to feature Kiwi born, now turned US ...
Where: Monsoon Bar, Franz Josef, Westland
Address: Cron St, Franz Josef, Westland
From: 8:00pm on Sunday 1st September 2019
To: 11:00pm on Sunday 1st September 2019
Loss, Grief and Healing Seminar with Sue
If you’re reading this notice, then you’ve been drawn to my seminar event for a very special reason. I have been told that the universe certainly works in mysterious ways, and we are often guided to certain people ...
Where: Regent Theatre, Greymouth, Grey
Address: Cnr Mackay & Herbert Sts, Greymouth, Grey
From: 7:00pm on Friday 13th September 2019
To: 10:00pm on Friday 13th September 2019
Wool On Wheels Pop Up
Do you love a good yarn? So do we! All the variety of a major yarn market in one room so you can squish to your heart's delight. This is your annual opportunity to browse an amazing selection of artisan yarns, ...
Where: New Coasters, Greymouth, Grey
Address: 38 Albert St, Greymouth, Grey
From: 4:00pm on Thursday 19th September 2019
To: 7:00pm on Thursday 19th September 2019
Ride the Wilderness
Ride the Wilderness is a Mountain Bike Ride on the West Coast Wilderness Trail on Saturday 16th November 2019. This event gives riders the opportunity to see the West Coast beauty and in 2019 it will give you, all it ...
Where: Ross Goldfields Information & Heritage Centre, Ross, Westland
Address: 4 Aylmer St, Ross, Westland
From: 8:00am on Saturday 16th November 2019
To: 4:00pm on Saturday 16th November 2019
The Extravaganza Fair
Roll up. Roll up. Roll up!!! Welcome to Season 5 of New Zealand's largest and newest travelling event! The Extravaganza Fair! The Extravaganza Fair is a family affair, it is a free entry, fun day out with something ...
Where: Karoro Domain, Greymouth, Grey
Address: Miro Street, Greymouth, Grey
From: 9:00am on Saturday 23rd November 2019
To: 5:00pm on Sunday 24th November 2019