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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10 Cottages Visit website

All detached ensuite rooms backing on to native bush in a quiet residential location yet only 3 minutes walk to the centre of the Village, . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

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 . . . 

4.2 /5
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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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Natural attractions

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 . . . 

4.3 /5
4.3 /5
Heritage Highway Motel Visit website

2 minute walk from shops , cafes the beach and all town amenities. Welcome to Heritage Highway Motel. We offer 14 quality 4 star units . . . More . . . 

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Things to do

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 . . . 

On Yer Bike Visit website

Have you ever wondered what the heart of the rainforest looks like, off the beaten track? It’s taken 20 years creating off-road paradise through our . . . 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 . . . 

Stations Inn Visit website

Located just 3 minutes from Hokitika township on the Historical Blue Spur Goldfields, capturing majestic views of the Southern Alps, Tasman Sea and breathtaking sunsets. . . . 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 . . . 

3.8 /5
3.8 /5
Westport Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels Visit website

Welcome to Westport Holiday Park. Our park is ideally situated only a few minutes' walk from the town centre, set in 5 hectares of quiet, . . . 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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4.1 /5
252 Beachside Motels & Holiday Park Visit website

Quiet location adjacent to the beach. Inground swimming pool (seasonal) self-contained motel units and cottages campervan parks and standard cabins. Childrens play area - short . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

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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