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West Coast natural wonders

With natural wonders along the entire West Coast of the Southern Alps, New Zealand you're likely to end up with a sore jaw as it keeps dropping open. It is highly likely that the glorious images you see of New Zealand in a book, calendar, magazine or poster is of the West Coast. Most of our natural wonders are easily accessible, some require you take a guided trip. But one thing they have in common is that they are truly spectacular.

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WESTPORT & KARAMEA

Oparara Arches

Free
See the home of the extinct moa bird and the limestone archways.
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JADE COUNTRY HOKITIKA WESTLAND

Hokitika Gorge

Free
Sometimes you see photos of a tourist spot and think yeah right, it can’t look as good as that in real life. The Hokitika Gorge is really does look that good.. if not better
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Alpine Fault Tours

$15 - $40
To make your experience of New Zealand’s Glacier Country complete, you must see how the power of the colliding Pacific and Australian continental plates have created the awesome Alps of Westland.
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WESTPORT & KARAMEA

Natural Wonders - Karamea -Westport

Here is a list of our favourite natural wonders on the West Coast. They are listed from north to south to help you find them. For other natural wonders to visit, ask the local iSites or even a local, they will be happy to share their favourite spots.
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Lake Matheson

Free
The unsurpassed views and mountain reflections from the forested shores of Lake Matheson make this easy walk one of the most popular on the West Coast.
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GLACIER COUNTRY

Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers

One of only two places in the world where you can view glaciers descending into temperate rainforest and the most accessible glaciers in the world make the Glacier Country a "must do".
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HAAST-WORLD HERITAGE AREA

Natural Wonders of Haast

For other natural wonders to visit, ask the local iSites or even a local, they will be happy to share their favourite spots.
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GREAT COAST ROAD

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blow Holes

Free
The pancake rocks are the most visited natural attraction on the West Coast with good reason. These ancient formations are a true wonder of nature - and they really do look like pancakes!
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