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West Coast national parks

It can take a while for nature to have its way - about 20 million years, give or take. On the West Coast of the Southern Alps, New Zealand discover an abundance of nature so astounding, it'll leave an impression for years to come. With five national parks, two kiwi sanctuaries and a southern landscape so awe-inspiring UNESCO named it a world heritage site, the West Coast is truly nature at its most raw and spectacular.

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FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers

Glacier Country is the epitome of untamed natural wilderness.
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HAAST-WORLD HERITAGE AREA

Haast World Heritage Area

Read below to see what the Te Wahipounamu - South West New Zealand UNESCO World Heritage Site has to offer.
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MOANA - LAKE BRUNNER

Jacksons Retreat

From glow worms to walking tracks, fishing and boating to skiing and tramping, there's so much to see and done right on the edge of the rainforest.
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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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WESTPORT AND KARAMEA

Oparara Experience

$95 - $150
Join us on one of our guided eco tours amongst the pristine rainforest and limestone caves of the unique Oparara Basin. Several tour options available.
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PUNAKAIKI - THE GREAT COAST ROAD

Paparoa National Park

FREE
Paparoa National Park features coastal forest along a spectacular coastline.
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Arthur's Pass National Park

FREE
The West Coast borders Arthur's Pass National Park at the main divide and there is a striking difference between the landscapes on either side.
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WESTPORT AND KARAMEA

The Heaphy Track

Children - Free. Adults $14 to $32
One of New Zealand’s nine great walks, the Heaphy Track, finishes (or starts, depending on which way you’re heading) at Karamea. The 82-kilometre, four-day tramp attracts visitors from all over the world every year.
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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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PUNAKAIKI - THE GREAT COAST ROAD

Adventure Caving

$350
An adventure truly not for the faint hearted. As the name states, Adventure Caving is full on expedition style caving.
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FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

Alpine Fault Tours

$15 - $40
To make your experience of New Zealand’s Glacier Country complete, you must see how the power of the colliding Pacific and Australian continental plates have created the awesome Alps of Westland.
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FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER - GLACIER COUNTRY

Westland Tai Poutini National Park

FREE
Westland Tai Poutini National Park extends from the highest peaks of the Southern Alps to the Tasman Sea and is split by the Alpine Fault.
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