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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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HOKITIKA - COOL LITTLE TOWN

Ross Goldfields Information & Heritage Centre

A small community owned and operated centre.
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MOANA - LAKE BRUNNER

Heritage & History - Lakes District

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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WESTPORT AND KARAMEA

Coaltown Museum

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

Heritage & History - Glacier Country

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

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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GREY DISTRICT - MAWHERA THE HEART OF THE WEST COAST

History House Museum Greymouth

Adults $6.00 Children $2.00 Discounts available for seniors/students/family groups
Due to unforeseen circumstances the museum has been closed
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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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GREY DISTRICT - MAWHERA THE HEART OF THE WEST COAST

Shantytown

$15.50 - $31.50
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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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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