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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Road trips

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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Road trips

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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Walking

Walk above the treetops in Hokitika

Climb the Hokitika Tower – one of the tallest human-made structures on the South Island’s West Coast.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Head into the wilderness of Haast on a jet-boat safari

Take a cruise up the Waiatoto River in Haast to discover some of the region’s most remote and pristine landscapes. Read the story . . . 

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Relax in the soothing natural pools at Maruia Hot Springs

Whether you’re visiting Maruia Hot Springs for the day or staying overnight, you can immerse yourself in the mineral-rich water amongst the mountains, or be pampered with a day spa experience.  Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Walk to Cape Foulwind

Cape Foulwind does not live up to its name. Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Six spectacular short walks for spring

Get back in touch with nature this spring. From coastal walkways to native forest trails; hidden waterfalls to ancient volcanoes, New Zealand is packed with short walks suitable for all levels of fitness. Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Get outdoors: 10 wonderful winter walks

Winter doesn’t have to be a season of total hibernation. With some planning, safety precautions and sensible gear you can still enjoy the outdoors. We’ve picked out 10 short walks around New Zealand to get you inspired.   Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Fish n' chips and L&P on the beach

From Ahipara to Ahuriri; Mangonui to the Mount; Paihia to Piha – New Zealand is spoilt for spots to enjoy fish and chips by the sea.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Cross the Buller river on one of New Zealand’s longest swing bridges

Walk the 110-metre wire swing bridge above the churning green water to experience the power of the river and get a whole new perspective on the Buller Gorge. Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Challenge your taste buds at the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival

In Hokitika, locals celebrate their remote and rugged surrounds in the form of questionable cuisine.  Read the story . . . 

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Get outdoors

Get a real sense of scale at Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers

Even visiting the vast swathes of ice that make up Franz and Fox Glaciers in peak summer, you’ll need your puffer jacket.  Read the story . . . 

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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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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 . . . 

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Activities

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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Activities

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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