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

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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Activities

Buller: the river without memories

From the northern reaches Lewis Pass to the rugged tablelands of Paparoa National Park, and the wide sweep of coastline, Buller has a beautiful and surprisingly varied landscape.  Read the story . . . 

4.3 /5
4.3 /5
Ascot Motor Lodge Visit website

Experience the hospitality and attractions of the Buller region with its adventure activities, unique natural beauty and fascinating history. Ascot Motor Lodge is located in . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Central West Coast: the best coastal drive in New Zealand

In this part of the world, civilisation has only chiselled a few narrow paths into the landscape. The elements – the wind, the rain and the ocean – are always trying to claim that land back. Read the story . . . 

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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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4.4 /5
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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Road trips

The Great Alpine Highway: Christchurch to Greymouth

This is probably the most staggering piece of road you'll ever come across. So keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes off the pies. Just stop often. Seriously: this is stunning.  Read the story . . . 

4.7 /5
4.7 /5
Buller Court on Palmerston Visit website

Buller Court on Palmerston is a Qualmark rated 4 plus star motel, with the convenience of a central location while offering accommodation away from the . . . More . . . 

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Things to do

Te Weheka Walkway/Cycleway

Walk or cycle through bush from Fox Glacier township to the Fox Glacier car park on this shared-use track.  Read the story . . . 

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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

Sentinel Rock Walk

Enjoy impressive views of the Franz Josef Glacier, the valley and Waiho River from the summit of this short steady climb. Read the story . . . 

4.3 /5
4.3 /5
Bella Vista Westport Visit website

We welcome you to the Bella Vista Westport Motel.This property has been independently assessed by Qualmark as 4 star quality accommodation.Westport is the perfect base . . . More . . . 

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Things to do

Fox Glacier River Walk

Get a great view of Fox Glacier and the opportunity to cross a historic suspension bridge on this pleasant short walk. Read the story . . . 

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Aspen Court Motel Franz Josef Visit website

Have received Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards for, 2015, 2016, and 2017 in various categories. Aspen Court is surrounded by native bush, and is a . . . More . . . 

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Things to do

Peters Pool Walk

Enjoy the reflective views of the glacier valley and mountains on this easy, accessible walk to a small kettle lake.  Read the story . . . 

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