If you’re in the mood for seeing some furry creatures, a visit to the Cape Foulwind Seal Colony is a must. Because it’s a breeding colony, there’s plenty of activity throughout the year.
The West Coast also boasts the Heaphy Track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. Pass through varied landscapes from lush rainforest and rugged mountains to palm-fringed surf beaches.
Take a break from the land and get active on the water by kayaking through New Zealand’s largest unmodified estuarine lagoon, Okarito. It is surrounded by lush native rainforest and more than 70 bird species call it home.