There is some fantastic back country exploring to be found on the West Coast. You can explore by foot or on your mountain bike and make it as hard or as easy as you like. The West Coast is steeped in history with numerous gold mining and coal mining trails and wonderful relics as well as old forestry roads. Some of these areas have been preserved and developed as tourist attractions. Check out the blog by Jan and Stephen from Breakers Boutique Accommodation for some of their adventures.
Stunning absolute beachfront location with superb sea views. Breakers offers four ensuite double rooms all overlooking the sea. Homemade pizza/antipasto platter, NZ beer/wine available until 7pm. Free wifi. Relax to the sound of the breaking waves.