Westland: land of ice dragons

Some locals say that people who move to Westland are either running away or in search of something.


Fox Glacier. © naumoid

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Annabelle Motel Visit website

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Tramping in New Zealand

Known in other countries as hiking, bushwalking or trekking, tramping is a uniquely Kiwi term that fits the style of walking here – often rough, frequently wet, but regularly inspiring.  Read the story . . . 

On Yer Bike Visit website

Have you ever wondered what the heart of the rainforest looks like, off the beaten track? It’s taken 20 years creating off-road paradise through our . . . More . . . 

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Hanmer Springs: alpine adventures and indulgence

There’s not much better than lounging in hot mineral water when the ground around you is covered with snow and there’s a biting southerly blowing down from the tops. Read the story . . . 

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Rainforest Motel Visit website

Spacious, clean and comfortable units situated in established gardens with impressive views up towards the Southern Alps. . . . More . . . 

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Sunset Motel Fox Glacier Visit website

Luxury accommodation in Fox Glacier with mountain views from every room of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman.Designed with large glass frontages for the best views . . . More . . . 

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South Westland: a wonder of the world

The bottom left-hand corner of our little country, South Westland, is a world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage area. Read the story . . . 

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Rainforest Holiday Park Visit website

Nestled in 6 acres of idyllic native bush, centrally located in the heart of Franz Josef Village, Rainforest Holiday Park offers a range of accommodation options. . . . More . . . 

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Fitzherbert Court Motel Visit website

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Westland: land of ice dragons

Like an unfurling, white dragon, the Franz Josef Glacier flexes and curves between steep-walled valleys. Māori named it Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere – tears of the Avalanche Girl. Read the story . . . 

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Charles Court Motel Visit website

On the Beach and west coast wilderness cycle trail, Swimming pool, Private Spa Pool, Games room. GROUPS, CORPORATES, CONTRACTORS, FAMILIES, EVERYONE WILL BE HAPPY!!Our motels . . . More . . . 

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Westland Tai Poutini National Park: ancient ice

Westland Tai Poutini is an area of majestic primaeval vistas: snow-capped mountains, glistening glaciers, forests, lakes, rivers and wetlands... Read the story . . . 

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Shantytown Visit website

Discover fascinating stories of real New Zealanders and experience a recreated gold-rush village just 10kms south of Greymouth. West Coast isolation, extreme weather and rugged . . . More . . . 

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The Blue Pools of Haast Pass

Māori knew about the glacial defile between the coastal flats of South Westland and the high tussock-land surrounding the southern lakes from their expeditions in search of pounamu.  Read the story . . . 

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