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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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 Upper South Island Must-Do's guide has all the insider travel information you’ll need, including activities, attractions and accommodation. Read the story . . . 

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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 2021 Must-Do's travel guide.  Read the story . . . 

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Eight Must-Do walks to check out around New Zealand this summer

From short city strolls to more challenging coastal climbs, we’ve picked eight walks around New Zealand to check out before the end of summer.   Read the story . . . 

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13 Kiwi Gems to tick off before the end of summer

Make the most of the last weeks of summer by ticking off some of these fantastic Kiwi Gems around New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Family fun: 11 Kiwi Gems to keep the kids happy this summer

From native falcons to water parks, epic playgrounds, go-carts and movie-making magic, we've rounded up 11 Kiwi Gems around New Zealand that will delight the kids this summer. Read the story . . . 

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Eight free Kiwi Gems to discover on your next South Island road trip

Travel can be expensive. But we've picked eight Kiwi Gems around the South Island that you can discover on your next road trip – for free! Read the story . . . 

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Families need to discover these six Kiwi Gems in the South Island

So, you think you know New Zealand? But have you discovered all of these family-friendly Kiwi Gems around the South Island? Read the story . . . 

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