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South Island, West Coast Holidays

Remote and unspoiled

Sparsely populated, the West Coast of the South Island offers a chance to see some of the most impressive scenery anywhere in New Zealand. Read more...

Top 5 things to do in West Coast

  1. Visit the breath-taking Fox Glacier for terrific views
  2. Take a scenic coastal drive from Westport to Greymouth - one of the best routes in the world
  3. Journey to the unique and fascinating 'pancake rocks' at Punakaiki
  4. Marvel at the towering limestone cliffs at the Paparoa National Park
  5. Admire the views on the Westcoast Treetop Walk

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Explore the Beauty of West Coast

A wild region that offers virgin landscapes and unspoiled natural attractions, the West Coast is a world away from the hum of activity in the cities. Arguably the most famous feature of the West Coast is the Franz Josef Glacier, serving as an example of the stark beauty this region has to offer.

Flanked by the Southern Alps, the majority of the region is achingly gorgeous wilderness before it levels out into a ruggedly handsome coastline.

Nature has provided a sizeable ‘must-see’ list here with Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, the Pancake Rocks and the Buller River. But away from the famous names you’ll also find lesser-known treasures including Karamea’s limestone arches.

Still relatively untouched by industry or tourism, it’s the perfect place to escape and discover New Zealand’s wild side. It makes a lovely spot for traditional tramping (hiking in the backwoods) but you’ll also find plenty of quirkier activities. In March, the annual Wildfoods Festival rolls in Hokitika and is definitely worth attending for anyone with adventurous taste buds. 

Why visit the West Coast?

  • Visit Franz Josef Glacier for astonishing icy scenery
  • Go tramping in the miles of wilderness that make up the majority of the West Coast
  • Admire the stunning Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki and Karamea’s limestone arches
  • If your timing is good, head to the Wildfoods Festival in Hokitika

West Coast Information

There are a wide variety of things to see and do whilst staying in West Coast. Check out our travel guides for some of the highlights, top tips and travel inspiration from our New Zealand Sky Experts, along with some essential information you may need for your holiday.

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We had an excellent experience and would definitely recommend you to our friends. Thank you for a great trip - Maeve Garvey

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