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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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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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 . . . 

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Rainforest Motel Visit website

Spacious, clean and comfortable units situated in established gardens with impressive views up towards the Southern Alps.. . . . More . . . 

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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 . . . 

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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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 . . . 

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Westport Motels Visit website

Our motels are set in spacious grounds surrounded by mature trees. Comfort, space and style in 17 ground-floor units, studio and family-size. . . . 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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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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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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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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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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Charles Court Motel Visit website

On the Beach and west coast wilderness cycle trail, Swimming pool, Private Spa Pool, Games room. GROUPS, CORPORATES, CONTRACTORS, FAMILIES, EVERYONE WILL BE HAPPY!!Our motels . . . 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 . . . 

NZ Rent A Car Visit website

Welcome to New Zealand Rent A Car Greymouth, providing reliable Greymouth car rental at competitive rates.??Greymouth and the West Coast offer visitors many unique experiences . . . More . . . 

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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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