Adventure activities are plentiful in the northern West Coast region with everything from whitewater rafting and heli-rafting to caving and four-wheel driving on offer. The area features a range of acclaimed hikes, including one of New Zealand's Great Walks, and is home to impressive limestone caves and rock formations including the world-renowned Oparara Basin and the stunning limestone Pancake Rocks. Steeped in history, its townships have much to offer the visitor with a wealth of gold-mining history, wildlife and beautiful beaches and shops.
HEART OF THE WEST COAST
Teeming with natural attractions, the central West Coast has much to offer with relaxing scenic walks, beautiful inland lakes that are popular with fisherman and boating enthusiasts, and several wildlife attractions. The region's bountiful range of raw materials combined with its inspiring surrounds of forest, sea and mountains has produced a vibrant artisan community. Here you can admire the works of master carvers and other craftsmen, pan for alluvial gold, soak up local gold-mining history and get a taste of Hokitika's wild foods experience at The Bushmans Centre.
The icy tongues of the Franz Josef Glacier and the Fox Glacier are the main drawcards for visitors to the southern West Coast region but these are just some of the fabulous sites to see. The scenery here is truly awe-inspiring with lush forests, snow-capped mountains that reflect perfectly in crystal-clear lakes, and rivers such as the Haast, which tumbles prettily over boulders as it carves a path to the sea. This dramatic coastline is home to lots of wildlife, including penguins, seals and dolphins.
THE BEST OF THE WEST COAST OF THE SOUTHERN ALPS
For more ideas on the best things to see and do, our favourite places to stay, and the top spots to wine and dine tantalise your taste buds with the best of New Zealand cuisine and delicious kai in the West Coast region check out these three pages of our website.
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