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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From $95
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Heritage Park Lodge Visit website

Welcome to Heritage Park Lodge - centrally located in Haast Township, 200m off State Highway 6, South Westland, New Zealand. We offer clean, self-contained motel . . . More . . . 

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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 . . . 

The National Kiwi Centre Visit website

Guaranteed viewing of North Island Brown Kiwi in their nocturnal house. Often you can see our kiwi birds up close and watch them foraging for . . . 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 $110
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Bella Vista Greymouth Visit website

Bella Vista Motel Greymouth is a great base to explore the beautiful West Coast with activities such as river rafting and scenic glacier flights nearby. . . . 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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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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Moraine Walk

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

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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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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From $125
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Annabelle Motel Visit website

PRIVATE, QUIET, SPACIOUS AND LUXURIOUS. Here at Annabelle Motels, you cannot help but relax, unwind and enjoy your time here in our beautiful town.Our motels . . . 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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From $97
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Aachen Place Motel Visit website

Hosted by Barry and Michelle, we provide friendly West Coast hospitality and go the extra distance to ensure you have an enjoyable stay in Greymouth. . . . 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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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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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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