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

Glacier Helicopters - Franz Josef - Fox Glaciers

Discover the glacier wonderland on close-up scenic flights with Glacier Helicopters. Experience the thrill of a helicopter flight exposing spectacular glaciers, dramatic ice formations and . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Five fun things to do on the West Coast

Take a road trip down the South Island's West Coast where you'll find natural hot pools, gold mining heritage and some of New Zealand's most spectacular scenery. Read the story . . . 

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ASURE Aspiring Court Motel Haast

Aspiring Court Motel is situated in Haast township and is set in the heart of a World Heritage rainforest. Ideally located halfway between the Glaciers . . . More . . . 

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Experience the sea as it’s meant to be at a marine reserve

New Zealand’s marine reserves and protected areas offer visitors a unique opportunity to see fish and marine life, thriving and abundant in their natural environment.   Read the story . . . 

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Fox Glacier Guiding

Enjoy a breathtaking guided trip on the West Coast's longest and less crowded glacier amidst fascinating ice formations with New Zealand's most experienced glacier guiding company. . . . More . . . 

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Cross the South Island on the TranzAlpine, one of the world's most scenic train journeys

As far as window seats go, they don’t get much better than on the TranzAlpine, where the term ‘picture window’ takes on a whole new meaning.  Read the story . . . 

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Haast Beach Motel

Located less than a minutes walk from the Haast Beach Haast Beach Motel is nestled between the rugged West Coast beach and the majestic Southern Alps. . . . More . . . 

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Discover the geological wonder of the Ōpārara Arches

Experience limestone arches, caves, a whisky-coloured river and lush rainforest in the Kahurangi National Park on the West Coast. Read the story . . . 

Karamea Village Hotel

STAY IN THE HEART OF KARAMEA IN THE RESTORED HISTORIC KARAMEA VILLAGE HOTEL.Voted the Best Country Hotel 2011 by the Hospitality Association of New Zealand.Relax . . . More . . . 

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Heavenly Haast: a UNESCO World Heritage Area

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.  Read the story . . . 

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Lewis Pass Motels

Situated on State Highway 7 approximately 2.5hrs from Christchurch to the east, Nelson to the north. 1.5hrs from Greymouth, West Coast. . . . More . . . 

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Karamea Holiday Park

Set in lovely native bush setting adjacent to golden sand estuary with abundant birdlife. Motels, Cabins, power and tent sites available in a relaxed and . . . More . . . 

Glacier Country Kayaks

Join us on a unique kayak adventure just minutes from Franz Josef Glacier! Set out across Lake Mapourika's mirror-like water and enjoy panoramic views of . . . More . . . 

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Apostles View Motel

Enjoy our clean, green environment in a rural setting yet only 3 minutes from our town centre. Situated on State Highway 6, 3km north of . . . More . . . 

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Fox Glacier Campervan Park

Enjoy a stopover in our tranquil bush setting edging the National Park with a backdrop of the glacier valley and mountains. . . . More . . . 

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Paparoa Park Motel

Set in a quiet coastal bush environment, overlooking Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and close by Paparoa National Park, a worthwhile location between Nelson and the glaciers . . . More . . . 

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