Golden Sands Horse & Wagon Tours

Meet Duke, the Clydesdale horse that will take you on a unique and tranquil journey back in time.

Golden Sands Horse and Wagon Tours offers you the opportunity to travel in the footsteps of the early pioneers, down one of New Zealand’s most beautiful, unspoiled wild West Coast beaches. On the way, learn about our rich ‘Coast Road’ gold mining and pioneer heritage as if you were a part of it yourself.

  • Two and a half hour experience
  • Stunning scenery and photo opportunities
  • Enjoy a camp fire, tea and damper bread refreshments
  • Local historical stories and photos
  • Pounamu and gemstone collecting
  • Child friendly beach
  • OK for limited mobility
  • Grooming and petting Duke the Clydesdale

Location: 3456 Coast Road Barrytown, West Coast, NZ

Contact: Sophie


Phone: +64 (0)3 7311 136 /

+64 (0)21 066 9828 (Mobile)


Golden Sands Horse & Wagon Tours

Okarito Kayaks

Okarito Kayaks - Re-opened on August 21, after a mid-winter family break

Soak up this stunning natural environment. Hire a kayak to independently explore these ancient waterways at your own pace or let one of their experienced guides take you on an intimate tour through pristine wilderness. Options available for all ages and any fitness level.

Location: 1 The Strand Okarito, West Coast, NZ

Contact: Barry


Phone: +64 (0)3 753 4014


West Coast Treetop Walk & Zipline - Under new management since June 2023 and branding change

An exhilarating treetop adventure among temperate rainforest giants where visitors will experience life with the birds high in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi tree canopy, inspired by a sensational vista of the majestic Southern Alps and Tasman Sea. The Treetop Walkway has easy access along a steel platform 20 meters high and over 450 meters long, sway in harmony with the forest on the Mahinapua springboard. Hearts will pump & adrenaline will rush as you climb to the top of the 45m Tower Zipline, followed by a 425m long, 40 second and 60km/hr flight through the rainforest canopy before landing opposite the Café/Visitor Centre.

Location: 1128 Woodstock-Rimu Road Hokitika, West Coast, NZ

Contact: Chrissy


Phone: +64 (0)3 755 5052


treetop walk new logo

West Coast Wildlife Centre - 1

West Coast Wildlife Centre - Tripadvisor Travelers Choice 2023

Each year, Tripadvisor recoginse travelers’ favorite attractions around the world, based on reviews and ratings collected over the last year. These opinions and stories helped the West Coast Wildlife Centre gain a Travelers Choice Award placing them in the top 10% of attractions worldwide!

Congratulations to Richard, Lisa and the local Franz Josef team on your well-deserved award.

Location: 31 Cron Street, Franz Josef, NZ

Contact: Richard or Lisa


Phone: +64 (0)3 752 0600