West Coast beaches, lakes & coastlines
Stretching North to South some 600km - the
same distance from Auckland to Wellington - the West Coast of the
Southern Alps, New Zealand is a long, thin piece of paradise no wider
than 70km at any one point.
The wild Tasman Sea pounds its coastline on one side while the
Southern Alps provide a stunning mountain backdrop on the other. The
vast coastline of the West Coast offers a wide range of opportunities
for walks, activities, wildlife viewing and good old relaxation.
Glacier Country Lake Tours
Join us for a Scenic Cruise or Fishing Charter on Lake Mapourika - just minutes from Franz Josef Glacier. Lake Mapourika's mirror-like water boasts panoramic views of the Southern Alps and Glaciers.
Bazils Hostel & Surf School
Welcome to Bazil's Hostel & Surf School on the stunning West Coast, your gateway to hiking, kayaking, surfing, mountain biking and caving adventures. Centrally located in town, close to bars, shops and cafés.
Glacier Valley Eco Tours
Glacier Valley Eco Tours is a NZ owned and operated family business, committed to giving our clients the best experience on our guided Nature Walks in and around Glacier Country NZ.
Moana Trout Fishing Safari
Brent Beadle is based at Moana on the shores of beautiful Lake Brunner where the trout die of old age.
White Heron Sanctuary Tours
A unique experience to visit New Zealand’s only white heron nesting site in the Waitangi roto Nature Reserve.
Scotts Beach, Karamea
Scotts Beach in Karamea has stunning seascapes and amazing views. The big plus is you will probably have the beach all to yourself.
Matheson Cafe & Reflectionz Gifts & Gallery
Lake Matheson, famous for its picture perfect reflections of Mount Cook & superb views of Fox Glacier. Visit our award winning café & unique gift gallery adjacent to the walkway. Don't miss this incredible location.
West Coast Scenic Waterways
Enjoy freedom kayaking or a cruise aboard the Eco Adventurer. Capture the picturesque beauty of the Mahinapua waterways along the original route used by pioneers, gold diggers and early explorers.
Great Coast Road
The main highway called The Great Coast Road between Westport and Greymouth has been named one of the Top 10 Coastal Drives in the world according to Lonely Planet.
Tauranga Bay Fur Seal Colony
A short walk with spectacular ocean views, steeple rocks, and a large year-round fur seal colony.
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes
The pancake rocks in Punakaiki are the most visited natural attraction on the West Coast with good reason. These ancient formations are a true wonder of nature - and they really do look like pancakes!
The unsurpassed views and mountain reflections from the forested shores of Lake Matheson make this easy walk one of the most popular on the West Coast.
Lake Mahinapua Campsite
A popular overnight and day stop. Enjoy water sports in the lake.
Moana is a town that sits on the edge of Lake Brunner near Greymouth, West Coast.
Glacier Country Kayaks
Join us on a unique kayak adventure and kiwi sanctuary tour just minutes from Franz Josef Glacier! Sandwiched between the mountains and the sea, Lake Mapourika was created by the retreating Franz Josef Glacier some 14,000 years ago.
West Coast Wilderness Trail
The West Coast Wilderness Trail showcases some of the most outstanding scenery on the South Island’s West Coast with a diversity of landscapes second to none.
Lake Kaniere is one of the most beautiful lakes in New Zealand and offers opportunity for a number of water sports. There are also several picnic places, a camping area, and numerous short walks.
Okarito Boat Tours And Cottages
Sit back and relax as you are transported from land to the tranquil waters of the Okarito lagoon and rainforest waterways to view the birds, ancient plants and trees and the untouched landscape that combine to make the Okarito so magic.