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

Garth Wilson Jade Visit website

MY ANCESTORS HAVE BEEN JADE CARVERS FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARSMy tribes the Ngati Mahaki and Ngati Waewae were the 2 Maori tribes who lived and . . . 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 . . . 

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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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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 . . . 

Franz Josef TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Franz Josef TOP 10 Holiday Park is situated in a quiet rural setting with magnificent glacier and mountain views. We have a wide range of . . . More . . . 

Garden City Helicopters - West Coast Visit website

There are very few places in the world with as much diversity in landscapes on their doorstep as the South Island of New Zealand. . . . 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 . . . 

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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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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Buller Bridge Motel Visit website

Manager Paula would like to welcome you to Buller Bridge Motel in Westport, New Zealand. Nestled amongst native bush and attractive surrounds, our Westport motel . . . 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 . . . 

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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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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From $35
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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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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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