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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Kingsgate Hotel Greymouth

Discover our historic Hotel in Greymouth centre For easy access to the wild landscapes and stunning scenery of New Zealand’s unspoilt west coast, look no . . . More . . . 

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Arthur’s Pass National Park: over the backbone

The high mountains of Arthur’s Pass National Park are the ‘backbone’ of the South Island and the pass itself is the key link between east and west. Read the story . . . 

Hokitika Glass Studio Visit website

The Hokitika Glass Studio is a family business established in 1989. Glass-blowing skills originating in Sweden have been passed on and are now utilised by . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Get outside: 14 must-do short walks

New Zealand is blessed with so many beautiful and varied landscapes. Often the best way to discover them is on foot.  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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Road trips

Arthur's Pass: to the other side

Today the landscape of Arthur's Pass is punctuated with small towns that cling to the geography despite harsh wind, snow and mercurial populations. Read the story . . . 

Palm Court Motel Visit website

We are situated on Palmerston Street (main street of Westport) only 20m to the start of town centre, restaurants, nightlife etc. . . . More . . . 

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Hokitika: nuggets of history

Back in the 1800s dance halls and shooting-galleries, barmaids and ladies of ‘relaxed virtue’ all crowded along Hokitika’s golden mile, vying to entertain the hundreds of diggers. Read the story . . . 

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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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Road trips

Full spectrum: from Lake Hāwea to Jackson Bay

From lakes, through ancient forests and mountain passes, past waterfalls and rushing blue rivers, to the sea – this journey pays homage to our land’s extraordinary geography and wild beauty. Read the story . . . 

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Sunset Motel Fox Glacier Visit website

Luxury accommodation in Fox Glacier with mountain views from every room of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman.Designed with large glass frontages for the best views . . . More . . . 

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Westland road trip: a deep green journey

Low-slung clouds obscure the landscape and as we drive closer, it turns to rain, veiling the steeply rising hills. Moody is a good word for this part of the country.  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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Tramping in New Zealand

Known in other countries as hiking, bushwalking or trekking, tramping is a uniquely Kiwi term that fits the style of walking here – often rough, frequently wet, but regularly inspiring.  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 . . . 

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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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