Rugged and romantic sums up the West Coast – and sandflies.....
Take your time to explore this remote part of the South Island, there are heaps of things to do for all sorts of adventurers.
Back in the day this place was loaded with gold and all the hopefuls digging for it. As you drive down the coast explore the museums in the townships as all have their unique stories to tell.
Eco tourism is big in this part of the land and bird watching is pretty cool. The White Heron and the Kiwi are fairly easy to spot, especially with bird watching tour operators that know how best to approach them.
Dotted along the coast are plenty of opportunities to go and stretch your legs.
There are plenty of scenic walks to explore that take you along the beaches, through native forest, limestone outcrops, around lakes, natural hot pools and along cliff tops.
The West Coast is spectacular from the air, it’s an incredible way to see the both the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers as well as Mount Cook – New Zealand’s highest mountain.
There are many scenic flight options see what travellers have to say about their flight experiences on Rankers.
As you cruise down the coast there are many accommodation and camping options. If you are travelling in a van or a tent make sure you know where you can camp, for people that are fully self-contained there are plenty of secluded spots.
For all other camping options see the ‘I Respect NZ’ map.