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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10 Cottages Visit website

All detached ensuite rooms backing on to native bush in a quiet residential location yet only 3 minutes walk to the centre of the Village, . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

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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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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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 . . . 

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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Activities

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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From $110
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Scenicland Motels Visit website

Welcome to Scenicland Motels - offering you quality accommodation at an affordable price. Our motel offers you 5 new executive suites and 9 very spacious . . . 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 . . . 

Ross Beach TOP 10 Visit website

With some of the world’s most beautiful and rugged coastlines our holiday park is situated on the edge of the Tasman Sea. . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

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 . . . 

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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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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 . . . 

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From $95
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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Road trips

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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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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Road trips

Five fun things to do on the West Coast

Take a road trip down the South Island's West Coast where you'll find natural hot pools, gold mining heritage and some of New Zealand's most spectacular scenery. Read the story . . . 

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