Adventure time: Haast jet boat safari

The jet boat ride up the Waiatoto River in Haast is not a thrill-seeking-360º-spins kind of experience, rather a cruise...


Cruising the Waiatoto River in Haast. © Tourism West Coast

Air Safaris Visit website

Experience New Zealand's spectacular alpine scenery on the famous "Grand Traverse" flight of a lifetime. Every seat has a window - get the big picture! . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Campervanning: the spontaneous way to travel

If the idea of a guided tour brings you out in spots, you’ll be wanting to bring yourself to the spots you most want to see. 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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Activities

Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers: monuments to nature’s power and beauty

Experience Fox and Franz Josef – two of the 140 glaciers that flow from the Southern Alps. Read the story . . . 

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Fitzherbert Court Motel Visit website

Friendly helpful hosts. 4 Star property with with spacious family rooms, 1 bedrooms and studios. Catering for international travellers, family and sports groups as well . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

The Lake Matheson walk: a photographer's dream

Lake Matheson is a photographer’s dream, where the waters reflect a near-perfect image of snow-capped Aoraki Mount Cook. Read the story . . . 

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4.2 /5
Sunset Motel Fox Glacier Visit website

Luxury accommodation in Fox Glacier with mountain views from every room of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman.Designed with large glass frontages for the best views . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Ōkārito Lagoon: wonderful wetland wilderness

Explore the lagoon and river channels by kayak and journey through this divine wetland wilderness into the heart of the rainforest. Read the story . . . 

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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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Road trips

Great Coast Road: roadtripping at its best

Drive the length of the South Island, skirting the West Coast and traversing through the Southern Alps, and experience bountiful roadtripping at its very best. 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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Natural attractions

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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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 . . . 

Rainforest Holiday Park Visit website

Nestled in 6 acres of idyllic native bush, centrally located in the heart of Franz Josef Village, Rainforest Holiday Park offers a range of accommodation options. . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

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 . . . 

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