The wild and untouched landscapes of Haast. © Tourism West Coast

Heavenly Haast: a UNESCO World Heritage Area

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The southern corner of the South Island’s West Coast is home to landscapes so wild and spectacular, it has been recognised by UNESCO as an area of international significance. 

Shaped by ancient glaciers and home to 800-year-old podocarp forest, the Haast region has true mountains-to-sea landscapes.

From native bush-clad valleys and clear blue rivers to wild west coast beaches, dunes and wetlands, all set against the backdrop of the Southern Alps, Haast is a scenic snapshot of untouched New Zealand. 

An outdoor enthusiast’s heaven, in Haast you can immerse yourself in stunning scenery on one of the many tramps or day walks. Or explore the rugged west coast beaches and keep an eye out for local wildlife, including Hectors Dolphins, kekeno fur seals and the remarkable Fiordland crested penguins.

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