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Summer comes early to West Coast as November rains stay away

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Tourism NZ picks West Coast for first South Island single-region campaign

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Nov. 22, 2017

West Coast Wilderness

The passage of time clouds memories. Bright colours, sensory delights & perception fades. It was time to refresh, to rediscover the magnificence of our West Coast Wilderness. Time to become a tourist in my own country.
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Nov. 21, 2017

Summer comes early to West Coast as November rains stay away

November is usually the wettest month on the West Coast, but this year beaches are busy, with ice-cream and sunblock in demand.
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Nov. 8, 2017

Tourism NZ picks West Coast for first South Island single-region campaign

The West Coast has been selected as the region to feature in Tourism New Zealand’s second single-region marketing campaign and its first in the South Island.
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Sept. 30, 2017

West Coast Wildlife Centre in Franz Josef welcomes five rare tuatara

The small West Coast town of Franz Josef has welcomed five rare tuatara to its Wildlife Centre.
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Sept. 21, 2017

A Walk in Miners’ Footsteps on the West Coast

At Lyell my walk started on a rare, flat stretch of ground where today there is a campsite and a toilet block. Once, some two thousand people lived in the area and some of the men tramped two kilometres through the bush to the Croesus Battery. I followed in their footsteps on a track above Lyell Creek now easy to follow thanks to the work of the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the tread of thousands of tourists. As I pushed on through the dank vegetation, carefully negotiating the tangled masses of tree roots, I was mindful of a warning from DOC to remain on the main tracks as there were decades of mining in the area and deep shafts lie beneath the undergrowth. Decayed and fallen trees lay above and below the track and the air was pungent with the smell of rot and humus.
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Sept. 6, 2017

Hokitika Community Prompted Hokitika Flight Schedule Change

Schedule changes for summer, coming into effect at the end of October.
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