The Coast for the family.
The Coast is the perfect place to bring up children. They’ll grow up surrounded by grass rather than asphalt, and the sound of birds instead of traffic.
And education is a key focus on the Coast. Good high schools in Westport, Greymouth and Hokitika provide the region’s young adults with stepping stones to a profitable working life, and the Greymouth-based Tai Poutini Polytechnic offers a wide range of technical study options.
Study on the West Coast and experience the relaxed lifestyle we’re known for.
The Coast welcomes businesses.
The West Coast business community has always been pioneering, leveraging the latest technologies to open up new opportunities, whether that was during the gold rush of the 1800s or the present world of immersive digital technologies. Today West Coast businesses are busy leveraging digital technologies to be competitive in international markets.
The acute awareness of being future-focused is matched with the appreciation of the region’s rich history. Living and working on the West Coast, it is difficult to ignore the stories of the founding fathers - true pioneers and trail blazers. The resilient nature of Coasters transcends the generations, making for a community of hard workers. And they are a friendly bunch, just pop into one of the region’s many cafes for a coffee and a yarn, and it won’t be too long before you’ll feel at home.
“Business opportunities are aplenty here. In addition to the new industries digital technologies are enabling, the region has thriving sectors in manufacturing and agribusiness, and so much more,” says Development West Coast (DWC) chief executive Heath Milne.
West Coast stories
From Wellington to West Coast for award-winning musician and massage therapist
Daimon Schwalger and Prue Holms-Schwalger moved to the West Coast where they have set up an audio and video business and massage therapy business.Learn more
Wellington business owner moves company - and all his staff - to West Coast
When Greg McDonald told his staff he wanted to switch Wellington for the West Coast he was surprised by their response.Learn more
From rural England to a wellness business owner in Kumara
Kate's story is one of adventure, self-discovery, and ultimately, entrepreneurship. Originally from rural Dorset in southwest England, Kate took a career break in her mid-twenties and embarked on a journey that would lead her to the West Coast of New Zealand.Learn more
From Nelson to Ross: A Tattoo Artist's Journey to Create a Lifestyle Business
Local tattoo artist Tony Wallace shares his story of coming back to the West Coast to start his business, Reclusive Art.Learn more