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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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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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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Shantytown Visit website

Discover fascinating stories of real New Zealanders and experience a recreated gold-rush village just 10kms south of Greymouth. West Coast isolation, extreme weather and rugged . . . 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 . . . 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sundowner Motel Visit website

Closest Motel to Greymouth township offering free transfers from the Tranzalpine train station. Situated on the main by-pass, immediately opposite the station, supermarket and The . . . 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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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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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 . . . 

Stations Inn Visit website

Located just 3 minutes from Hokitika township on the Historical Blue Spur Goldfields, capturing majestic views of the Southern Alps, Tasman Sea and breathtaking sunsets. . . . More . . . 

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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