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Aug 24 2019
Tourism West Coast - Fox Glacier (17).jpg Visitor experiences to be developed around Fox Glacier

An announcement was made today of a $3.9 million International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy investment to develop visitor experiences around Fox Glacier, and support the ongoing resilience of the South Westland tourism economy.

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Aug 16 2019
Snow.jpg 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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Aug 13 2019
Te Koharaki Mason.jpg 2019 Māori tourism Dragons's Den winners

Te Koharaki Mason (Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Waewae) was awarded for her idea of a sea to source jetboat experience from Te Tai o Poutini, Hokitika, through the sky-blue braided river plains up the Hokitika Gorge.

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Aug 12 2019
Haast Valley Large rock blocks Haast Pass road

A rockfall between Haast and the top of the Haast Pass has closed State Highway 6 today. The highway will remain closed until further notice, the next update will be at 12pm Wednesday 14 August.

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Aug 08 2019
Tourism West Coast - Fox Glacier (17).jpg Operation Tidy Fox ending Sunday with a record number of volunteers

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has announced that the massive effort by volunteers to clean-up the Fox landfill spill will end on Sunday after a final push by the biggest volunteer force yet.

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Aug 04 2019
Hikers on Fox Glacier Why Fox Glacier is a must do on your South Island trip

While the South Island is full of iconic spots, Fox Glacier is a gem of town tucked away on the West Coast and well worth the visit.

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Jul 18 2019
Taking Photos at Punakaiki.JPG Capture and share picture-perfect Punakaiki by video

Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks are the most visited natural attraction on the West Coast, so the opportunities for Insta-friendly photos or widely shareable videos are here in force.

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Jul 10 2019
Maruia Hot Springs.JPG Maruia Hot Springs double victory at the 2019 World Luxury Spa Awards

Last year Maruia Hot Springs was first recognised at the global awards as a "country winner" and now is elated to have stepped up to a "continent winner.”

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Jul 08 2019
AWARD WINNING WORK INSPIRED BY RODNEY BELL’S EXCEPTIONAL LIFE HEADS ON TOUR.jpg AWARD WINNING WORK INSPIRED BY RODNEY BELL’S EXCEPTIONAL LIFE HEADS ON TOUR

After a hugely successful tour in 2018 that included 32 performances in theatres, prisons and Marae, Rodney Bell returns with his award-winning performance work Meremere, heading to even more centres this July and August.

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Jun 12 2019
Paparoa Track - Nimmo Photography.PNG Paparoa Track bookings open today

Great Walks 2019/20 bookings are now open, including the new Paparoa Track.

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May 31 2019
Flying_Drone.PNG Using a drone on the West Coast of New Zealand

If you visit the West Coast of New Zealand, your drone will definitely be put to good use. There are specific requirements for drone flights in the region that you need to know.

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May 30 2019
Franz Josef Glacier Valley Reopens.PNG Franz Glacier Vehicle Access Reopens

The Department of Conservation has reopened access to the Franz Josef Glacier Valley.

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