The bottom left-hand corner of our little country, South Westland, is a world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage area. Read the story . . .
Do what the locals do in Westland. Read the story . . .
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 . . .
Westland Tai Poutini is an area of majestic primeval vistas: snow-capped mountains, glistening glaciers, forests, lakes, rivers and wetlands. Read the story . . .
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 . . .
The Grand Traverse is a stunning scenic flight that explores the Aoraki Mt Cook and Westland Tai Poutini national park, covering about 200km of unforgettable scenery. Read the story . . .
Things to do
Fed by two lagoons and the Waiho River, the Waiau Glacier Coast Marine Reserve forms a protective buffer for waterways and wetlands. Read the story . . .
Walk or cycle through bush from Franz Josef township to the Franz Josef Glacier car park. Read the story . . .
If you find yourself on the West Coast in a reflective mood, you’ll also find you’re in good company. Read the story . . .
Funny that Māori should have had a word that sounded so much like the English word for ‘pancakes’. Read the story . . .
Many of the crinklier bits of New Zealand’s geography were formed by the slow but insistent action of glaciers. Read the story . . .
Punakāiki Marine Reserve surrounds the pancake rocks and blowholes at Dolomite Point, one of the most distinctive landscapes of the West Coast. Read the story . . .
If you’re driving from Nelson to Westport, you’ll first pick up the Buller just past Glenhope, about 30km as the kererū flies from where the mighty river arises from Lake Rotoiti. Read the story . . .
The Heaphy Track travels through expansive tussock downs, lush forests and nīkau palms to the roaring seas of the West Coast of the South Island. Read the story . . .
Paparoa National Park has luxuriant forest, limestone cliffs and canyons, caves and underground streams, not to mention the spectacular coastline... Read the story . . .
From the northern reaches Lewis Pass to the rugged tablelands of Paparoa National Park, and the wide sweep of coastline, Buller has a beautiful and surprisingly varied landscape. Read the story . . .