See & Do

Ōpārara Arches

Outdoors & Adventure

From the mountains to the ocean, our epic West Coast outdoors is made for adventures — with something to satisfy every thrill level, an adventure for everyone.

Imagine 600 km of New Zealand’s most varied landscapes, diverse environments and climates. That amounts to an incredible variety of outdoor adventures  – underground, over ground, on water or ice, and in the air – from wandering an easy bush trail to testing your limits with adventure pursuits guaranteed to set the adrenaline pumping. 

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Family Friendly

Make wonderful memories on West Coast family holidays where everyone has fun.  

When it comes to cool family-friendly activities, the West Coast has lots to excite the whole family. Parents love the endless variety of opportunities to break those indoor habits, and kids love to let loose where there’s room and new things to explore — tracks and trails for two legs or two wheels, caves to explore, hills to climb, muddy off-road thrills, bugs, beaches and bonfires, and fun on the water.

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Scenic Attractions

Extraordinary natural wonders: thrilling mountain highs, icy glaciers, tranquil lakes and wetlands, ancient forests, coastal beauty, curious limestone formations and underground caves.

Before Instagram, there was the West Coast. Nature still reigns supreme in this untamed natural wilderness where there’s a journey of discovery around every corner and in every season. Discover iconic landmarks and secret places where time stands still.  

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Health and Wellness

It starts here. Experience the healing power of nature; relax, retreat, restore and re-energise. 

You could say that the West Coast is naturally good. We’re not so much about expensive wellness retreats and the like, but more about quiet beauty, space to reflect and letting the gentle caress of nature put the perspective back in our busy lives.  

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What’s On?

From Wildfoods to Matariki via multiple adventure racing and sports events, cultural, artistic and music festivals, and grassroots community activities, there’s always something on somewhere on the West Coast.

With all that nature around, it’s hard not to want to get out into it. We do indoors stuff as well. Check out our events page to see what’s happening.

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West Coast highlights

Fill your bucket-list. Six of the best wonders to experience, extraordinary places to go and memorable activities on the West Coast.

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