Westland: land of ice dragons

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


A helicopter is dwarfed by the vast landscapes of Fox Glacier. © Tourism West Coast

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Editor's Picks: the top 5 things to do in the Upper South Island

Check out our AA Traveller Guides Editor's picks of the top 5 experiences not to be missed in the Upper South Island! Read the story . . . 

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Six super cycle trails around New Zealand

Get on your bike and hit the trails! We've picked six super cycle trails around New Zealand to inspire a cycling adventure. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Denniston Mine

Located just 30 minutes north of Westport, the Denniston Plateau is a place of unique geology, sweeping coastal views and incredible history to boot. Read the story . . . 

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Get outdoors: 10 scenic spots for a springtime stroll

As the weather warms up and we're all itching to get out and about, why not check out a short walk close to home. We've rounded up a handful of springtime strolls to add to your wish-list. Read the story . . . 

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Six spectacular South Island road trips

Get your summer travel plans underway with these six road trips around the spectacular South Island. From coastal cruises to mountain vistas, inland highways, charming small towns, waterfalls and wildlife – it's all there to be discovered. Read the story . . . 

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13 intriguing museums to visit around New Zealand this winter

Escape the cold and learn more about New Zealand’s history on a visit to one of these fascinating museums around New Zealand.  Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Brunner Mine

Brunner Mine Historic Area near Greymouth is one of the most significant heritage sites in Aotearoa, but for a very sad reason. It was the site of the country’s most deadly industrial disaster. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Historic Hokitika

Hokitika has always attracted treasure seekers. It was New Zealand’s sixth largest town with the port ranking as the country’s busiest harbour.  Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Historic Reefton

In 1888 Reefton became the first place in the southern hemisphere to have commercial electric lighting, beating posh suburbs in New York and London. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Waiuta

Waiuta is hands-down the West Coast’s best gold mining ghost town. The gravel road to get there may be long and winding, but once you emerge from the forest it’s like you’ve discovered a lost world.  Read the story . . . 

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In hot water: discover hot pools and geothermal springs around New Zealand

Make the most of winter by getting yourself into hot water. From DIY coastal hot tubs, to luxurious pool complexes, geothermal hotspots and soothing spas, we’ve rounded up some top picks around New Zealand to help you warm up.  Read the story . . . 

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We Love You New Zealand Magazine

New Zealand is brimming with lesser-known sweet spots. We’ve filled 113 pages with hundreds of ideas of things to see and do around the country in our online travel magazine. Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Must-Do's: Walking Travel Guide

Whether you’re hiking to a mountain summit or strolling through an urban landscape, there are walking options around New Zealand to suit everyone. Read the story . . . 

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Cycling

Must-Do's: Cycling Travel Guide

There are 22 Great Rides on Ngā Haerenga The New Zealand Cycle Trail, covering over 2,600 kilometres of the country. Check out our comprehensive overview of all the best cycle trails available in New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Must-Do's: Upper South Island Travel Guide

Covering Marlborough, Nelson Tasman, Canterbury and all the way down the West Coast, our full, digital Upper South Island guide has all the insider travel information you’ll need, including activities, attractions and accommodation. Read it for free, here! Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Must Do's: South Island Road Trips Travel Guide

Start planning your next road trip with great attractions, accommodation and things to see and do in the South Island with our full 2022 Must-Do's travel guide. Read or download it here! Read the story . . . 

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