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The West Coast - known to New Zealanders as 'the coast'. Visiting here is like stepping back into a time when the pace was slower; people have time to talk and offer visitors a genuine warm welcome.
Stunning beech forests tumble down into spectacular gorges, with rivers and rapids making their way from the mountains to the sea.
Hokitika in the southern part of the coast is an interesting town, bustling with artisans working with Pounamu (greenstone), glass, gold and more - you can still pan for gold here. There's excellent fly fishing, rafting, bush walks and kayaking. Visit the newly opened West Coast Treetop Walk with its 450m steel platform built high above the ancient Rimu and Kamahi tree canopy - experience life with the birds.
Visit the Okarito Lagoon covering more than 3240 hectares of shallow open water and well known for its outstanding avifauna (over 70 species of birds have been recorded). The lagoon is a feeding ground for kotuku (white heron) and royal spoonbill. Exploring the open water and river channels by kayack lead you deep into the heart of the rainforest.
Stay at the boutique luxury Rimu Lodge. Offering 4 casually elegant ensuite rooms and warm hospitality. Set in a place so pristine, beautiful and peaceful that you will be struck by the absolute silence and sheer majesty of your surroundings.