Inspiring guides for your holiday to the West Coast
Nestled within the gorgeous Southern Alps and Tasman Sea, the West Coast makes up nearly ten percent of New Zealand’s land area, but is home to less than one percent of its population.
An ambience of solitude and serenity breeze through the alpine air, whilst New Zealand’s most spectacular sights can make you wonder if you’re in a blissful dream. With so many remarkable landmarks and sights to explore, our selection of wonderful, comprehensive guides will help shape your West Coast itinerary.
Christchurch is the centrepiece of, and gateway to the Canterbury region, renowned for its spectacular natural landscapes, wineries and range of winter and summer attractions. View our rundown of favourite day trips.
While New Zealand is filled with spectacular natural wonders, wildlife is abundant too, on land and in the water, with opportunities to watch for whales, dolphins, penguins, seals and more.
Queenstown is New Zealand’s adventure capital, with something to keep outdoor-lovers happy all year round, from skiing, cycling and rafting to hiking, bungy jumping and sky diving. Use this base for day trips to historic gold mining towns, national parks and scenic sounds.
Wellington's a compact capital city with a diverse mix of European and Maori culture, shopping, food and a bustling harbour. And a great base for day trips to islands, nature reserves, vineyards and beaches.
New Zealand ranks highly in top travel spots, with lush rainforests, beautiful mountains and beaches, abundant wildlife and hot springs. Aim for three to four weeks, with options to tailor-make a perfect trip.
Prepare for a majestic mix of rugged coastlines, sparkling glaciers, forested mountains, arresting national parks, fabulous vineyards, and adrenaline-fuelled activities in New Zealand’s South Island - an outdoor wonderland roughly half the size of the UK.