Some locals say that people who move to Westland are either running away or in search of something.
Franz Josef Glacier and the view to the West Coast. © David Wall
Central West Coast District
Westland / Glacier Country District
At 110m long, the Swingbridge is an experience in itself. You can take beautiful photos of the mighty Buller River and the spectacular pink granite . . . More . . .
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 . . .
Franz Josef Glacier
RURAL SETTING JUST NORTH OF FRANZ JOSEF TOWNSHIP. Glacier View Motel is 2.5km north of the town centre of Franz Josef and offers guests a . . . More . . .
Do what the locals do on the Central West Coast. Read the story . . .
Friendly helpful hosts. 4 Star property with with spacious family rooms, 1 bedrooms and studios. Catering for international travellers, family and sports groups as well . . . More . . .
The bottom left-hand corner of our little country, South Westland, is a world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage area. Read the story . . .
Spacious, clean and comfortable units situated in established gardens with impressive views up towards the Southern Alps.. . . . More . . .
Do what the locals do in Westland. Read the story . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
PRIVATE, QUIET, SPACIOUS AND LUXURIOUS. Here at Annabelle Motels, you cannot help but relax, unwind and enjoy your time here in our beautiful town.Our motels . . . More . . .
Westland Tai Poutini is an area of majestic primaeval vistas: snow-capped mountains, glistening glaciers, forests, lakes, rivers and wetlands... Read the story . . .
Buller Court on Palmerston is a Qualmark rated 4 plus star motel, with the convenience of a central location while offering accommodation away from the . . . More . . .
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 . . .
The Hokitika Glass Studio is a family business established in 1989. Glass-blowing skills originating in Sweden have been passed on and are now utilised by . . . More . . .
Things to do
Fed by two lagoons and the Waiho River, the Waiau Glacier Coast Marine Reserve forms a protective buffer for these waterways and wetlands. Read the story . . .