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

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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Activities

Hanmer Springs: alpine adventures and indulgence

There’s not much better than lounging in hot mineral water when the ground around you is covered with snow and there’s a biting southerly blowing down from the tops. Read the story . . . 

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4.5 /5
Carters Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Enjoy the relaxing seaside setting at Carters Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park. Our park is situated on the beachfront at Carters Beach. . . . More . . . 

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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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Natural attractions

South Westland: a wonder of the world

The bottom left-hand corner of our little country, South Westland, is a world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage area. 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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Westport Motels Visit website

Our motels are set in spacious grounds surrounded by mature trees. Comfort, space and style in 17 ground-floor units, studio and family-size. . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Westland: land of ice dragons

Like an unfurling, white dragon, the Franz Josef Glacier flexes and curves between steep-walled valleys. Māori named it Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere – tears of the Avalanche Girl. Read the story . . . 

NZ Rent A Car Visit website

Welcome to New Zealand Rent A Car Greymouth, providing reliable Greymouth car rental at competitive rates.??Greymouth and the West Coast offer visitors many unique experiences . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Westland Tai Poutini National Park: ancient ice

Westland Tai Poutini is an area of majestic primaeval vistas: snow-capped mountains, glistening glaciers, forests, lakes, rivers and wetlands... 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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Natural attractions

The Blue Pools of Haast Pass

Māori knew about the glacial defile between the coastal flats of South Westland and the high tussock-land surrounding the southern lakes from their expeditions in search of pounamu.  Read the story . . . 

Palm Court Motel Visit website

We are situated on Palmerston Street (main street of Westport) only 20m to the start of town centre, restaurants, nightlife etc. . . . More . . . 

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Activities

The Grand Traverse: a spectacular flight of fancy

The Grand Traverse is a stunning scenic flight that explores the Aoraki Mt Cook and Westland Tai Poutini national park, covering about 200km of unforgettable scenery. Read the story . . . 

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