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History & heritage

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Main town centres
Reefton at night
Reefton
Reefton

Reefton, on the Lewis Pass road and near Victoria Conservation Park (NZ's largest), is well worth a stop and its claim to fame is an illuminating one – in 1888 it was the first town in the Southern Hemisphere to have electric streetlights!

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History & heritage
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Grey District
Brunner Mine Memorial Site

New Zealands' worst mining distaster happened on 26 March 1896 at Brunner on the West Coast, killing 65 men.

FREE
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Shopping
The Gold Room Hokitika
Hokitika
The Gold Room

As found West Coast gold nuggets and flakes crafted into stunning jewellery.

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History & heritage
Dawsons Hotel at Reefton Auto Lodge outside
Reefton
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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History & heritage
Shantytown
Grey District
Shantytown

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.

$16.50 - $33.50
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History & heritage
Arahura Greenstone Tours
Hokitika
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.

$189 - $355
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Beaches, lakes & coastline
West Coast Scenic Waterways
Hokitika
West Coast Scenic Waterways

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.

$5 - $90
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History & heritage
Denniston Mine
Westport and Karamea
Denniston

Once a leading coal mining town, Denniston sits high on a steep incline railway once described as the eight wonder of the world.

FREE
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National Parks
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Punakaiki
Punakaiki Coastal Restoration Project

Book in to support and volunteer at our Punakaiki Coastal Restoration Project with Conservation Volunteers New Zealand. With your help, we are restoring the Sand Plain Forest and planting 170,000 trees on 75 hectares.

FREE ACTIVITY
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History & heritage
LOTR Lord of the Rings West Coast location
Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier
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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Shopping
Left Bank Art Gallery Greymouth
Grey District
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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History & heritage
coal town museum
Westport and Karamea
Coaltown Museum

Coaltown is a fantastic all-weather attraction that appeals to all ages and tells the coal mining history of Westport.

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Visitor Information Centres
Ross info centre
Hokitika
Ross Goldfields Information & Heritage Centre

A small community owned and operated centre.

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History & heritage
Haast Valley
Haast
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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History & heritage
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Hokitika
Hikoi WaeWae Guided Walks

Hīkoi Waewae offer authentic cultural or heritage guided walks in Hokitika.

$90 - $210
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Bed & breakfast
Holly Homestead B&B
Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier
Holly Homestead B&B

Built in 1926 for the Paganini family, Holly Homestad is a historic bed and breakfast located in Franz Josef.

$200 - $430
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History & heritage
Hokitika Museum
Hokitika
Hokitika Museum

The Hokitika Museum is a regional museum located in the heart of Westland and housed in the historic Carnegie Building. The Museum is currently closed for seismic strengthening, and we expect to be re-opened in late 2020 early 2021.

Entry is FREE
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History & heritage
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Hokitika
Bonz 'n' Stonz

A gallery and carving studio filled with handmade jade pieces. Bonz 'N' Stonz is the authentic location to purchase professionally created jade, bone, and shell jewelry. You also have the option to carve your own Jade - Bone -Shell.

From $100
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Cycling
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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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Bed & breakfast

Teichelmann's Bed & Breakfast

Hokitika
20 Hamilton Street, Hokitika 7810, West Coast, New Zealand
Walking & hiking

Ross Walks

Hokitika
4 Aylmer Street, Ross, 7812, West Coast
Adventure

Outwest Tours

Punakaiki
State Highway 6, Charleston, Westport, West Coast, New Zealand
History & heritage

Skeleton Crew Carving Studio

Grey District
Barrytown, West Coast, New, Zealand
Boutique

Archer House

Westport and Karamea
75 Queen Street, Westport 7825, West Coast, New
Tours

Hokitika Historic Walking Tours

Hokitika
Hokitika i-SITE, Weld Street, Hokitika, 7810