Heli Hike
  • Meet


Then again, you could just book a board room!

The spectacular West Coast inspires and re-energises. All along the 600km coast, there are destinations and uniquely West Coast experiences that combine to create memorable events. The area caters best for small to medium sized business events, and the natural environment provides an ideal escape for incentives, conferences, and corporate retreats. There’s always a warm welcome here.

We're here to help!

Free, impartial advice

Our Business Events Executive is on hand to help you to hold your event on the West Coast, because great events take teamwork. We can connect you with the right people to help you create your bespoke business event, this service is completely free!

We can help with:

  • Unbiased advice and contacts for venues, accommodations, and service providers.
  • Coordination of familiarisation visits and site inspections to help you plan research activities.
  • Sample incentive itineraries.
  • Pre and post conference tour suggestions.
  • Bid preparation assistance
  • Imagery and video content production to promote your business event.

Trust the local experts

For on the ground assistance from local experts consult The West Coast Travel Centre team who can coordinate your business event on the West Coast from start to finish. They can make your life easier by providing you with one point of contact and manage all elements of your programme.

Let's chat: email us


Good things take time

The journey to this incredible slice of New Zealand adds to the experience

Imagine starting your journey with one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys through rolling plains, snow-capped mountains, and alongside sparkling lakes. Your group can sit back, relax, and enjoy the views so they arrive feeling rested and inspired. While traveling by road on the West Coast you’ll experience changing landscapes from lashing waves on the spectacularly scenic Great Coast Road to the lush rainforest and glaciers to the south.

Space to switch-off

The natural environment of the West Coast provides the perfect place to switch off and reenergise allowing delegates to think of fresh ideas. There’s space to stretch legs and minds, with inspiring scenery all around.

Find the perfect place

The diversity of the region means there are destinations to suit all sorts of requirements. Each destination offers something truly unique. Buller and Westland districts are ideal playgrounds for incentives or small business events and Greymouth is the conference hub in the region.

What do we do best?

  • Incentives for up to 100 people
  • Conferences for up to 200 delegates
  • Team building for up to 50 people
  • Seminars for up to 50 people


The region provides access to some of the most spectacular natural landscapes in New Zealand including its highest mountains, longest glaciers, tallest forests, wildest rivers and most rugged coastlines.

Fox-Glacier---Fox-Glacier-Guiding,-Ice-climbing,-man,-orange-vest-(credit-Roady)-large Fox-Glacier---Fox-Glacier-Guiding,-Ice-climbing,-man,-orange-vest-(credit-Roady)-large
Fox Glacier Guiding

A range of guided Heli Hiking or Ice Climbing experiences on the longest and less crowded of the West Coast glaciers the Fox Glacier (#1 Most Extraordinary Experience in the World by TripAdvisor). Known for offering exceptional customer service, the group sizes are purposely limited to ensure safety and easy interaction with their guide.

Westland is the largest of the three districts and is home to the iconic Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers and the UNESCO World Heritage area at Haast. This district has a lot to offer and with direct daily flights from Christchurch to Hokitika Airport with Air New Zealand getting here is easy.

Glacier Country has the largest accommodation offering on the West Coast making it ideal for larger groups who would like to stay in one accommodation. With an abundance of activities including glacier experiences plus a variety of dining experiences the area is perfect for incentives. This district works well for small to medium sized meetings and conferences in Hokitika and Glacier Country.

Driving times in Westland

  • Hokitika Airport to Hokitika CBD: 3 minutes
  • Hokitika to the West Coast Events Centre: 25 minutes
  • Hokitika to Greymouth: 35 minutes Hokitika to Franz Josef: 2 hours Franz Josef to Haast: 2 hours

Westland Venue hire & Activities

Grey District

Greymouth — the largest town on the West Coast — and the surrounding Grey Valley brims with adventure activities and heritage attractions. It’s the home of the nation’s original craft brewery, while historic little Blackball, which birthed the New Zealand labour movement, may be best known for a hotel curiously titled Formerly The Blackball Hilton.

View over Greymouth View over Greymouth
View over Greymouth

Greymouth and the surrounding Grey District are packed with rugged natural beauty, historical sites, tales of old, adventure activities and attractions.

Grey's charming capital, Greymouth, is the conference hub of the West Coast and the final destination on the Tranz Alpine from Christchurch. The West Coast Events Centre at Shantytown Heritage Park is the largest conference venue in the region and there is a good selection of accomodation and restaurants for delegates to enjoy.

Monteith's Brewery is an icon of the West Coast and can accomodate up to 200 people for events such as meetings, tours and tastings and group dining. You can hire the entire venue, or a private section, which works best for your group. Monteith's Brewery provides a flexible venue, varied catering options including the famous West Coast whitebait patties, and a friendly West Coast welcome.

Grey Venue Hire & Activities

Buller District

Off-the-beaten tourist track, the scenic northern West Coast region is full of trails to little known natural wonders. Discover subtropical Karamea — gateway to the impressive Ōparara Arches and Kahurangi National Park — laidback Westport, home to two surf schools and a rich coal mining history, the magnificent Buller Gorge, and the lights of Reefton.

underworld advenutres.jpg underworld advenutres.jpg
Underworld Adventures

Experience amazing stalactites and stalagmites formations before descending to the lower levels of the cave to float through the most incredible glow-worm lit grottoes.

Home to the spectacularly scenic Great Coast Road, just driving around Buller is inspiring. This rugged area of the West Coast is an incentive destination dream with activities and experiences galore for small to medium sized groups.

For small incentive groups looking for a truly special experience meet with the Reefton twins Nigel and Steffan, Reefton Distilling Co.’s ambassadors and prospectors. Join them in the rainforest to forage for the West Coast botanicals that help create Reefton Distilling Co.’s award-winning spirits.

For groups seeking an adventure we recommend joining Underworld Adventures to raft through caves and chambers flanked by stalactites, stalagmites and a sparkling galaxy of glow worms.

Driving times in Buller

  • Westport Airport to CBD: 7 minutes
  • Westport to Punakaiki: 50 minutes
  • Westport to Reefton: 1 hour
  • Westport to Greymouth: 1 hour 30 minutes

Buller Venue Hire

Pre or post conference

Our vast region provides a diverse destinations and activities for delegates to explore pre or post conference. For delegates seeking to explore one of New Zealand’s most spectacular natural environments the region is home to five national parks and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is easy to explore an area vastly different to the conference location on the West Coast. For example, if conferencing in Greymouth, you can travel just 30 minutes to see the iconic Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes or visit Lake Brunner.

For delegates attending conferences in Christchurch and Queenstown, the West Coast region can be reached in just 3 hours by car. We recommend allowing extra time on any journey because you will want to stop to admire the views. For help coordinating pre or post conference itineraries reach out to our local experts, West Coast Travel Services.