Pororari River

Spring on the West Coast

Pororari River, Punakaiki

Rediscover the great outdoors.

When spring has sprung, longer days mean bigger adventures in lush forests, beside beautiful beaches, on still lakes and snow-dusted mountains. Beat the summer crowds and get to know the locals (feathers, flippers or fins) as they come out to play in the West Coast wilderness.

West Coast wildlife to watch

From tiny dolphins to the rarest of penguins – spring is an excellent time to spot wildlife on the West Coast.

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Five things to do in Spring on the West Coast

Get crafty in Hokitika, wake up your winter legs on the trails and work up an appetite for some tasty West Coast treats.

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Paparoa Track

Fresh local flavours

Wherever hunger strikes on the West Coast, nature provides. Fresh fish, wild game and locally grown produce are crafted into down-to-earth fare by hospitable locals.

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The West Coast Pie Co, (Credit Clint Trahan)

Quirky accommodations

Check in for sweet dreams in sweet places. From quirky retro stays to a little bit of luxury and a whole lot of extraordinary West Coast style.

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West Coast family fun

From gentle trails, gigantic caves to hands-on history — the West Coast caters for adventurers of all ages.

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