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West Coast natural wonders

With natural wonders along the entire West Coast of the Southern Alps, New Zealand you're likely to end up with a sore jaw as it keeps dropping open. It is highly likely that the glorious images you see of New Zealand in a book, calendar, magazine or poster is of the West Coast. Most of our natural wonders are easily accessible, some require you take a guided trip. But one thing they have in common is that they are truly spectacular.

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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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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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HOKITIKA - COOL LITTLE TOWN

Hokitika Gorge

Free
Sometimes you see photos of a tourist spot and think it can’t look as good as that in real life. The Hokitika Gorge really does look that good, if not better.
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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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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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WESTPORT AND KARAMEA

Oparara Arches

Free
See the home of the extinct moa bird and the limestone archways.
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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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