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 Garden B&B Visit website

Character home in a tranquil garden setting with a range of rooms to suit every budget and group configuration, and within easy walking distance to . . . 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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Charles Court Motel Visit website

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 . . . 

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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 . . . 

West Coast Treetops Walkway Visit website

An exhilarating treetop adventure among temperate rainforest giants. Experience life with the birds high in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi tree canopy. . . . 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 . . . 

Air Safaris Visit website

Experience New Zealand's spectacular alpine scenery on the famous "Grand Traverse" flight of a lifetime. Every seat has a window - get the big picture! . . . 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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The Buller Gorge Swingbridge Visit website

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 . . . 

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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 . . . 

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Greymouth Motel Visit website

We offer Free Wi-Fi, only 50 meters to a nice restaurant and bar, just 600 meters from the beach so you can enjoy our stunning . . . 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 . . . 

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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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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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Fitzherbert Court Motel Visit website

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 . . . 

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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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