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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The Buller Gorge Swingbridge Visit website

At 110m long, the Swingbridge is an experience in itself. You can take beautiful photos of the mighty Buller River and the spectacular pink granite . . . 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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The Terrace Motel Visit website

The Terrace offers spacious hotel and motel style rooms in a quiet location yet is still the closest motel to the centre of Franz Josef. . . . 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 . . . 

Tourism West Coast Visit website

The West Coast has a number of extraordinary walks showcasing some of New Zealand’s most untamed and iconic sights. From a ten-minute stroll to a . . . 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 . . . 

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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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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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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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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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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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 . . . 

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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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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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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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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