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The best

Of the west

World's most accessible glaciers, a UNESCO Heritage area, natural arches big enough to park a truck in, the New Zealand West Coast has so much to offer.

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The Great Coast Road is one of the Top 10 Coastal Drives in the world according to Lonely Planet and we just use it for our everyday travel!

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Touring Routes

Free Itineraries

The best way to see the West Coast is by car. There are many routes to choose from, from 2 hours to 5 days and for all budgets.

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  • The West Coast Heritage Tour

    If you love to discover gems and tales of old, there's plenty of history and heritage to soak up on the West Coast. The region early Maori called Te Tai O Poutini was valued for its precious pounamu jade. Later, Europeans came in search of other rich resources such as gold, coal and timber.

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  • Queenstown to Nelson via the West Coast

    Travel the length of the West Coast from Queenstown all the way through to Nelson. The West Coast is the longest region in the country, so no two places look the same.

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  • Christchurch to Nelson 3 day 2 nights

    Best to do this trip in the Winter for snow capped mountains. Plenty of photo opportunities on the TranzAlpine!

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  • Top of the South

    Mountains, forests and beaches, wildlife, art and wine meet to create magic at the Top of the South Island. Discover some of New Zealand’s most awe-inspiring scenery, encounter fascinating people, and enjoy exceptional food and wine.

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The latest


16 August 2019
Check for snowy road conditions this weekend

A southerly change with snow and heavy rain is expected to affect the highways across the lower and central South Island this weekend. People are asked to drive to the conditions and be well prepared.

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20 November 2019
Grey District
Loud Mouth Performing Arts Festival

The West Coast's only performing arts festival in Greymouth from 19 - 24 November 2019.

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