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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.

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HOKITIKA - COOL LITTLE TOWN

West Coast Scenic Waterways

$5 - $90
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.
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MOANA - LAKE BRUNNER

Moana Trout Fishing Safari

Brent Beadle is based at Moana on the shores of beautiful Lake Brunner where the trout die of old age.
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FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

White Heron Sanctuary Tours

A unique experience to visit New Zealand’s only white heron nesting site in the Waitangi roto Nature Reserve.
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FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

Lake Matheson

Free
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.
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HOKITIKA - COOL LITTLE TOWN

West Coast Wilderness Trail

Free
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.
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HOKITIKA - COOL LITTLE TOWN

Lake Kaniere

Free. Campsite fees apply.
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.
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PUNAKAIKI - THE GREAT COAST ROAD

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.
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HOKITIKA - COOL LITTLE TOWN

Lake Mahinapua Campsite

$6.50 - $13 per night.
A popular overnight and day stop. Enjoy water sports in the lake.
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WESTPORT AND KARAMEA

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.
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WESTPORT AND KARAMEA

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.
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FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

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.
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PUNAKAIKI - THE GREAT COAST ROAD

Pancake Rocks and Blowholes

Free
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!
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FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

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.
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MOANA - LAKE BRUNNER

Lake Brunner

Moana is a town that sits on the edge of Lake Brunner near Greymouth, West Coast.
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FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

Glacier Country Lake Tours

$115 - $200
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.
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FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

Glacier Country Kayaks

$85 - $540
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.
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WESTPORT AND KARAMEA

Tauranga Bay Fur Seal Colony

Free
A short walk with spectacular ocean views, steeple rocks, and a large year-round fur seal colony.
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