The visit showcased the West Coast's diverse tourism offerings and shared the exciting new developments happening on the Coast in Q1-Q2 2024, including over $100 million in tourism and infrastructure investment.
The event reinforced the exceptional natural beauty of the region, and empowered agents to confidently sell the West Coast as a must-visit destination on any New Zealand itinerary.
DWC, Franz Josef Glacier Guides, Franz Josef Wilderness Tours, Glacier Shuttles and Charters, Lake Brunner Eco Lodge, Shantytown Heritage Park, and representatives from the West Coast Wilderness Trail, conducted a series of training appointments.
DWC also capitalised on the opportunity to attend the TECNZ Christmas Symposium, gaining valuable industry insights and networking with key stakeholders with more than 242 attendees.
International visitors and wildlife return to the West Coast
The West Coast has achieved a significant milestone. Not only has international visitor spending surpassed pre-pandemic levels, but iconic hotels are also reawakening and nature is presenting its own spectacle with the return of the endangered Kōtuku and Tawaki penguins.Learn more
Critically endangered Kōtuku return to West Coast for breeding
As the Southern Hemisphere ushers in the spring season, New Zealand celebrates a natural marvel—the return of the critically endangered Kōtuku, or White Heron, to its sole breeding ground in Whataroa on the West Coast.Learn more
West Coast gearing up for a memorable summer
This spring and summer, the West Coast invites visitors to delve deep into the untamed natural wilderness of Te Tai o Poutini. After a winter bathed in sunshine, the region is unveiling a myriad of fresh new developments to complement its already iconic landscapes. With significant projects coming to fruition, it is the perfect time to explore the West Coast’s wonders.Learn more
A Century of Connection: Ōtira Tunnel Marks 100 Years
The Ōtira Tunnel, a remarkable engineering marvel of its era, celebrated its 100th birthday amidst an outpouring of festivities, and a deep appreciation of its historical significance to New Zealand.Learn more
Rare penguins swim 2,000km to return to the West Coast
Making a 2,000-kilometre swim from their Sub-Antarctic Convergence summer feeding grounds, the Tawaki (Fiordland Crested Penguins) have once again reached the coastal rainforests of Lake Moeraki on the West Coast for their annual breeding season.Learn more
West Coast Gold Rush: Father-Son Duo Strikes Internet Gold
On the West Coast’s untamed natural wilderness, a father and son gold prospecting team are striking it rich, not just in gold but also in internet fame.Learn more
Pedal Power: West Coast Capitalises on Cycle Tourism
Cyclists have been injecting significant funds into the New Zealand economy, with 2.19 million cycle trail users contributing $950 million to regional economies and gaining $11 million worth of health benefits in 2021, according to two Government reports. This has led to a surge in local businesses keen to tap into the trend, including on the West Coast.Learn more