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West Coast history & heritage

If you love to discover gems and tales of old, there's plenty of history and heritage to soak up on the West Coast.    The region early Maori called Te Tai O Poutini was valued for its precious pounamu jade. Later, Europeans came in search of other rich resources such as gold, coal and timber. They came by foot, pack track, boat and air. Many historic features they left are accessible today by road or on walks on the West Coast.

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HAAST-WORLD HERITAGE AREA

Haast Heritage & History

Learn about the gold, timber, coal, Maori and aviation history of the West Coast at the many heritage sites on the West Coast.
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HOKITIKA - COOL LITTLE TOWN

Ross Goldfields Information & Heritage Centre

A small community owned and operated centre.
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HOKITIKA - COOL LITTLE TOWN

Hokitika Museum

$2.50 - $5
The Hokitika Museum is a regional museum located in the heart of Westland and housed in the historic Carnegie Building.
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HOKITIKA - COOL LITTLE TOWN

Arahura Greenstone Tours

This fabulous uniquely original tour will lead you on a journey of discovery along the Arahura River - known as one of the richest sources of Pounamu (Greenstone) in New Zealand.
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GREY DISTRICT - MAWHERA THE HEART OF THE WEST COAST

Shantytown

$16.50 - $33.50
Observe and participate in some great New Zealand stories and explore the heart of the nation at Shantytown. Engaging, interactive activities in a heritage setting.
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REEFTON - THE TOWN OF LIGHT

Heritage & History - Reefton Gold

Learn about the gold, timber, coal, Maori and aviation history of the West Coast at the many heritage sites on the West Coast.
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FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

Holly Homestead B&B

$200 - $430
The rimu timbers of this colonial homestead seem to whisper history.
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WESTPORT AND KARAMEA

Coaltown Museum

Coaltown is a museum dedicated to telling the stories of the pioneers who battled our rugged environment in search of a better life.
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FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

Glacier Valley Eco Tours

$80 - $190 adults.
$40 - $90 children.
Family Rate (2 adults + 2 children) of $225 for all our 3 hour 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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PUNAKAIKI - THE GREAT COAST ROAD

Outwest Tours

$100-$175
Outwest Tours offers a wild West Coast experience, taking you off the beaten track on journeys into the wild heart of the land. Enjoy spectacular landscapes and travel historic mining trails, as you relax in one of their fully air-conditioned four-wheel-drive vehicles.
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WESTPORT AND KARAMEA

The Old Ghost Road

The 85km-long Old Ghost Road traverses majestic native forest, open tussock tops, river flats and forgotten valleys, providing days of adventure and spectacular huts for mountain bikers and trampers.
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FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

Lord of the Rings location

Lighting of the beacons that run along The White Mountains (Ered Nimrais) from Gondor to Rohan was filmed at Mount Gunn, near Franz Josef, West Coast.
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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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GREY DISTRICT - MAWHERA THE HEART OF THE WEST COAST

Left Bank Art Gallery

The gallery is housed in the former Bank of New Zealand. The main gallery and vault spaces display regular exhibits of contemporary New Zealand paintings, prints, photography, sculpture and crafts, with an emphasis on local content.
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