New Zealand West Coast

All in one Place !!

South Westland will change forever the way you think of the environment.
Stretching 600 KM along the western edge of the South Island, the West Coast is a rugged, primeval region of contrasting features-high snow-capped mountains, towering rainforest, lowland river valleys, dramatic coastlines, bizarre limestone landscape, grinding glaciers, surging rivers and brooding lakes. The scenery is just amazing and some of the most spectacular in New Zealand. When you are in West Coast of New Zealand’s South island, you will be feel that life is relaxed and you will be found that West Coast is the perfect place to unwind and explore a special place of beauty and history.

There are a lot of scenic attractions and adventures you will find there, likes in Karamea you will find extensive coastal scenery and sandy beaches, rainforest-clad hills, friendly villages, and the impressive Karamea Bluff, which offer spectacular coastal views and in Westport you can enjoy caving, rafting, jet skiing, jet boating, horse trekking, underworld rafting, surfing, walks and many other outdoor pursuits.

In 20 minutes drive to the west of Westport is Tauranga Bay (Cape Fouldwind). Here you will find one of the New Zealand’s most accessible fur seal colonies.

In 25 minutes drive south of Westport, on the Coast Road, is Charleston. Charleston is now famous for its extensive limestone caves and caving experiences, the Nile River, and the beachfront area around Constance Bay.

One of New Zealand’s visitor icons is Punakaiki. Punakaki is most famous for the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Located is the heart of the Paparoa national park, the area offers guided beach, forest and mountains walks, family canoeing, wildlife, surfing, heritage sites and relaxation. In West Coast you can enjoy walk the Franz Joseph glacier. This is a unique and incredible experience.

The peak tourism season on the West Coast runs form mid-October to the end of April. During winter months the warmer current of the Tasman Sea make West Coast’s temperatures relatively mild compared to other parts of the South Island. Winter weather on the West Coast is generally very settled, with crisp mornings, blue skies, and snow on the mountain tops giving the region a wonderful fresh feel. Outside the summer months there are fewer visitors, which makes this an ideal holiday time for visitors who want to really connect with the local culture and explore the region in depth.

The west Coast of the Southern Alps has it all – it is one area of New Zealand that you must not miss. In this increasingly developed world the West Coast remains “with the world’s other special places”.

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