Adventure tour operators in this area offer white water rafting, underground cave rafting, jet boating, horse trekking, mountain biking, unimog tours, land yachting, kayaking, surfing, caving and a range of other outdoor activities.
Reefton is a gold mining town with a rich history - it was the first town in the Southern Hemisphere to have electric street lighting.
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Greymouth on the Grey River
Get to know the central West Coast in and around Greymouth.
Shantytown is a replica pioneering town with historical train rides, a working gold claim (where you can successfully pan for gold) and 30 historic buildings.
Lake Brunner is known for its trout fishing and beautiful views.
Art galleries showcase talent from around the region.
Blackball is a mining town where the New Zealand Labour Party was founded. Visit the colourful 'Formerly the Blackball Hilton' hotel.
Adventure and activity options include rafting, dolphin-watching, 4WD (four-wheel drive) bikes, underground cave rafting and scenic flights.
The interesting world of Hokitika
There's lots to see and do in Hokitika, so make sure you allow enough time to see it.
A range of local craft galleries exhibit everything from hand blown glass and gold nugget jewellery to wood craft and New Zealand jade (pounamu).
Visit the gold mining town of Ross, once one of the deepest mining operations in the Southern Hemisphere.
Glacier country and the Southern West Coast
Amazing beauty and the powerful presence of glaciers - you'll shoot a lot of pictures here
The White Heron sanctuary of Whataroa is the only nesting colony of the White Heron or Kotuku in New Zealand.
Take a guided walk onto the Franz Josef or Fox glacier. The glaciers extend from New Zealand's highest peaks to valley floors surrounded by temperate rainforests.