Five fun things to do on the West Coast

Nestled in a tranquil valley, the river-rock-lined mineral pools at Maruia Hot Springs are inky black and gently steaming.


Tick off a bucket list item with a helicopter flight in Haast. © Tourism West Coast

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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South Westland: a wonder of the world

The bottom left-hand corner of our little country, South Westland, is a world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage area. Read the story . . . 

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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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The Terrace Motel Visit website

The Terrace offers spacious hotel and motel style rooms in a quiet location yet is still the closest motel to the centre of Franz Josef. . . . More . . . 

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Westland: land of ice dragons

Like an unfurling, white dragon, the Franz Josef Glacier flexes and curves between steep-walled valleys. Māori named it Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere – tears of the Avalanche Girl. Read the story . . . 

The Gold Room Visit website

As found West Coast gold nuggets and flakes crafted into stunning jewellery.?Westland's rich gold-mining story comes to life as beautiful gold nugget jewellery crafted from . . . More . . . 

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Westland Tai Poutini National Park: ancient ice

Westland Tai Poutini is an area of majestic primaeval vistas: snow-capped mountains, glistening glaciers, forests, lakes, rivers and wetlands... Read the story . . . 

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Tourism West Coast Visit website

The West Coast has a number of extraordinary walks showcasing some of New Zealand’s most untamed and iconic sights. From a ten-minute stroll to a . . . More . . . 

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The Blue Pools of Haast Pass

Māori knew about the glacial defile between the coastal flats of South Westland and the high tussock-land surrounding the southern lakes from their expeditions in search of pounamu.  Read the story . . . 

West Coast Treetops Walkway Visit website

An exhilarating treetop adventure among temperate rainforest giants. Experience life with the birds high in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi tree canopy. . . . More . . . 

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Waiau Glacier Coast Marine Reserve

Fed by two lagoons and the Waiho River, the Waiau Glacier Coast Marine Reserve forms a protective buffer for these waterways and wetlands.   Read the story . . . 

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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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Te Ara a Waiau Walkway/Cycleway

Walk or cycle through bush from Franz Josef township to the Franz Josef Glacier car park.  Read the story . . . 

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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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Lake Matheson: the perfect mirror

If you find yourself on the West Coast in a reflective mood, you’ll also find you’re in good company. Read the story . . . 

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