Westland: land of ice dragons

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

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The Westhaven Visit website

Get it all in one place! You want comfortable, inviting and modern accommodation? Great service? Great location? Freebies? New Zealand at it's most spectacular? Welcome . . . More . . . 

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Te Ara a Waiau Walkway/Cycleway

Walk or cycle through bush from Franz Josef township to the Franz Josef Glacier car park.  Read the story . . . 

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Aachen Place Motel Visit website

Hosted by Barry and Michelle, we provide friendly West Coast hospitality and go the extra distance to ensure you have an enjoyable stay in Greymouth. . . . More . . . 

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Lake Matheson: the perfect mirror

If you find yourself on the West Coast in a reflective mood, you’ll also find you’re in good company. Read the story . . . 

Franz Josef Heli Hike Visit website

Franz Josef Glacier, found in the stunning Westland National Park, is one of the most spectacular glaciers in this region. Combine an awesome scenic helicopter . . . More . . . 

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Punakāiki Pancake Rocks: geological marvel

Funny that Māori should have had a word that sounded so much like the English word for ‘pancakes’. 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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Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers

Many of the crinklier bits of New Zealand’s geography were formed by the slow but insistent action of glaciers. Read the story . . . 

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Sundowner Motel Visit website

Closest Motel to Greymouth township offering free transfers from the Tranzalpine train station. Situated on the main by-pass, immediately opposite the station, supermarket and The . . . More . . . 

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Punakāiki Marine Reserve

Punakāiki Marine Reserve surrounds the pancake rocks and blowholes at Dolomite Point, one of the most distinctive landscapes of the West Coast. Read the story . . . 

The Gold Room Visit website

As found West Coast gold nuggets and flakes crafted into stunning jewellery.?Westland's rich gold-mining story comes to life as beautiful gold nugget jewellery crafted from . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Buller Gorge: a thrilling adventure

If you’re driving from Nelson to Westport, you’ll first pick up the Buller just past Glenhope, about 30km as the kererū flies from where the mighty river arises from Lake Rotoiti. Read the story . . . 

Hokitika Glass Studio Visit website

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 . . . 

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Natural attractions

The Heaphy Track: in the footsteps of explorers

The Heaphy Track travels through expansive tussock downs, lush forests and nīkau palms to the roaring seas of the West Coast of the South Island. Read the story . . . 

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Stumpers Bar & Cafe & Accommodation Visit website

Welcome to Stumpers Bar & Cafe, Accommodation. We are a full service hotel offering Hokitika accommodation and dining, and are in the heart of the . . . More . . . 

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Paparoa National Park: there she blows

Luxuriant coastal forest, limestone cliffs and canyons, caves and underground streams, not to mention an absolutely spectacular coastline...  Read the story . . . 

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