Westland: land of ice dragons

Some locals say that people who move to Westland are either running away or in search of something.


Franz Josef Glacier and the view to the West Coast. © David Wall

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Carters Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Enjoy the relaxing seaside setting at Carters Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park. Our park is situated on the beachfront at Carters Beach. . . . More . . . 

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Moraine Walk

Explore old moraine surfaces on this easy short walk, south of Fox Glacier township. Read the story . . . 

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Mt Cook View Motel Visit website

VIEWS OF MT COOK AND MT TASMAN, A 2 MINUTE DRIVE FROM FOX GLACIER TOWNSHIP.We pride ourselves on our wonderfully spacious rooms with all the . . . More . . . 

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Walks north of Haast township

Enjoy magnificent photo opportunities of a dune lake, sweeping coastline, forest plants and wildlife on these three walks.  Read the story . . . 

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Shining Star Beachfront Accommodation Visit website

Nestled in native gardens with an exclusive walkway direct to the beach, this unique Hokitika accommodation is ideal for families and couples wanting space, tranquility . . . More . . . 

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Lake Matheson Walk

The unsurpassed views and mountain reflections from the forested shores of Lake Matheson make this easy walk, one of the most popular on the West Coast. Read the story . . . 

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Greymouth Motel Visit website

We offer Free Wi-Fi, only 50 meters to a nice restaurant and bar, just 600 meters from the beach so you can enjoy our stunning . . . More . . . 

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Franz Josef Glacier Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere Walk

Follow a rocky riverbed path then climb to the Franz Josef Glacier viewing area. It's a beautiful yet dangerous place that is sometimes closed, so check it's open before you start. Read the story . . . 

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Glacier View Motel Visit website

RURAL SETTING JUST NORTH OF FRANZ JOSEF TOWNSHIP. Glacier View Motel is 2.5km north of the town centre of Franz Josef and offers guests a . . . More . . . 

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Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tūawe Valley Walk

There are spectacular views of the Fox Glacier in this is beautiful, yet volatile place – do not let the serene scene fool you... Read the story . . . 

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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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Cape Foulwind Walkway

Explore this spectacular walkway which features a seal colony, a lighthouse and also provides panoramic views of mountains and coastline.  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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Mount Aspiring National Park: aspiring to greatness

Mount Aspiring is one of New Zealand’s highest peaks and the park named for it is a paradise of mountains, glaciers, river valleys and alpine lakes.  Read the story . . . 

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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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Kahurangi National Park: a treasured possession

Kahurangi, New Zealand’s second largest national park, includes the famous Heaphy Track, the Ōpārara Basin complex of limestone arches and 1795m-high Mount Arthur.  Read the story . . . 

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