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

Monteith’s Brewing Co Ltd Visit website

Enjoy a fascinating brewery experience, taste the famous craft brews and enjoy the fresh, locally sourced food. Monteith's Brewing Company in Greymouth offers a fascinating . . . More . . . 

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Waiau Glacier Coast Marine Reserve

Fed by two lagoons and the Waiho River, the Waiau Glacier Coast Marine Reserve forms a protective buffer for these waterways and wetlands.   Read the story . . . 

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Fox Glacier Guiding

Enjoy a breathtaking guided trip on the West Coast's longest and less crowded glacier amidst fascinating ice formations with New Zealand's most experienced glacier guiding company. . . . 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 . . . 

Glacier Helicopters - Franz Josef - Fox Glaciers

Discover the glacier wonderland on close-up scenic flights with Glacier Helicopters. Experience the thrill of a helicopter flight exposing spectacular glaciers, dramatic ice formations and . . . 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 . . . 

Glacier Country Kayaks

Join us on a unique kayak adventure just minutes from Franz Josef Glacier! Set out across Lake Mapourika's mirror-like water and enjoy panoramic views of . . . 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 . . . 

Matheson Cafe

Matheson CaféAward-winning café boasting unsurpassed views of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman. Matheson Café is a breakfast, lunch or dinner experience not to miss when . . . 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 . . . 

Station House Cafe & Restaurant

Relaxing dining experience overlooking Lake Brunner. Indoor-outdoor dining available (weather permitting). Great cuisine, friendly hospitality. Open 7 days 10.30am till late. Morning, afternoon tea. . . . 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 . . . 

Across Country Quad Bikes

We are located in the remote Franz Josef Village tucked away underneath the rugged Southern Alps. Experience the thrill of riding our unique 2-seater quad . . . 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 . . . 

Glacier Valley Eco Tours

Glacier Valley Eco Tours have been providing quality guiding services to individuals, couples, families and tour groups for over 15 years. . . . 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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