Get outside: 14 must-do short walks

A steady climb through regenerating native bush to the summit of Mount Manaia rewards you with breathtaking views of the...


Cape Foulwind Walkway. © Miles Holden

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Rainforest Motel Visit website

Spacious, clean and comfortable units situated in established gardens with impressive views up towards the Southern Alps.. . . . 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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Fox Glacier TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Fox Glacier Holiday Park & Motels has ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS TO SUIT ALL NEEDS. These include park motels, self-contained units, cabins, 14-room lodge, power sites and . . . More . . . 

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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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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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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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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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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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 . . . 

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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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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The Westhaven Visit website

Get it all in one place! You want comfortable, inviting and modern accommodation? Great service? Great location? Freebies? New Zealand at it's most spectacular? Welcome . . . 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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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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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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