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With the Southern Alps taking centre stage, the intense scenery alone is enough to fill your clients’ days on the West Coast.

Visitors really get a feel for the West Coast by going off road. They can walk amongst the trees in the rainforest and treetop walkway, climb up the glistening Franz Joseph or Fox Glaciers or take on the rivers in a kayak or raft. Do your clients just want to relax? Then they can pull a pint of beer at a local brewery or take the time to see one of the many historic sites. Greymouth is the largest town on the Coast, although the population in the the whole West Coast area is only 31,000.

The Best of the West Coast:

  • Glaciers – The Franz Joseph and Fox Glaciers offer a spectacle like no other. They're both accessible by helicopter and guided hiking trips, although clients can walk by themselves to the terminal face of each glacier. 
  • Geological wonders – Visitors can visit widely recognised natural attractions such as the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes as they cruise down Great Coast Road, a thoroughly recommended coastal drive.
  • Pounamu – Your clients will learn the history of Pounamu – otherwise known as greenstone or jade stones – at its birthplace.  See the master carvers shape it into carvings, sculptures and jewellery. 
  • Mining – Gold and coal mining dominated the area in the past, and now your clients can experience it too by visiting a host of old mines on foot.
  • Rail journeys – The daily TranzAlpine journey between Greymouth and Christchurch offers one of the best rail journeys around, passing some of the South Island’s most beautiful scenery including the Southern Alps.  

Further Information

Videos on the Region and other New Zealand Regions
Tourism West Coast
Find an i-SITES Visitor Information Centre
www.newzealand.com (West Coast)

Climate & Weather:



AVG High

20 °C / 68 °F


12 °C / 53.6 °F



AVG High

13 °C/ 55.4 °F


5 °C / 41 °F

Attractions West Coast

  • Walking & hiking

    Walking & hiking

    Hike or helicopter over majestic glaciers on the South Island's West Coast

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  • Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Glacier

    Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Glacier

    Witness the puzzle of huge valleys of ice that extend well below the snowline, almost to the sea. Here the ice age is still underway.

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  • Scenic flights

    Scenic flights

    A scenic flight allows you to fully appreciate the spectacular landscapes of the West Coast, home to ancient glaciers and snowy peaks.

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  • Caving


    The West Coast is home to enormous, fascinating cave systems complete with glow worms and spectacular rock formations.

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  • Shopping in the West Coast

    Shopping in the West Coast

    Ruggedly beautiful landscapes, abundant local resources and a laid back lifestyle has inspired the growth of a talented artisan community on the West Coast.

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  • Rafting


    Rafting on the West Coast is an adrenaline pumping experience that takes you through some of New Zealand's most spectacular river systems.

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