Trade and media information for West Coast, New Zealand.
Only 70km at its widest point, the West Coast is sandwiched between the sea and mountains, including New Zealand’s two highest, Aoraki/Mt Cook and Mt Tasman.
The majestic mountains of the Southern Alps have made the West Coast the unique destinations it is – providing its abundant resources and spectacular scenery.
As the mountains began forming millions of years ago they produced precious gold and pounamu (New Zealand Jade) deposits that brought Māori and pioneers to the region and gave birth to the Coast’s rich history.
Nature also carved dramatic glacial valleys to form two of the world’s most unique and accessible glaciers.
In between there are beach and forest walks to suit all ages and abilities, eco tourism experiences, caving, rafting, canoeing and kayaking, surfing, jet boating, jet skiing, glacier walks, scenic flights, mountain biking, horse treks, river and sea fishing, gold panning and historic ghost towns.
Need we say more? It takes a while to do the West Coast justice, but the journey is definitely the best bit.