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Outdoors and Adventure

Haast World Heritage Area


Expect things to be different on the West Coast — fresh and more alive, raw and untouched, bigger and somehow more impressive than you imagined.

Wedged between majestic mountains and the relentless pulsing power of the ocean, New Zealand’s West Coast impresses from every angle. Breathtaking, refreshing, invigorating … so many adventures await in this untamed natural wilderness.

Cycling & Mountain biking

Explore the wild West Coast on two wheels. Freewheeling families, backcountry bikepackers and easy e-bikers will find their choice of dream rides on great trails with big natural backdrops — from quiet waterways and gentle coastal stretches to challenging mountain climbs.

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Walks & Hikes

Put your best foot forward and discover the West Coast’s incredible landscapes and extraordinary beauty on a short walk, day hike or multi-day tramping adventure. The West Coast has some of New Zealand’s most spectacular wilderness trails and least travelled tracks.

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Fishing and Hunting

West Coast fishing and hunting is legendary. Trophy-sized trout and salmon hide in little fished pristine rivers and mysterious tannin-coloured lakes, and wild game — tahr, deer, pigs and goats — roam the backcountry hills. And then there’s the whitebait.

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Fishing on Lake Brunner


The West Coast is made for adventure with hills to climb and icy mountain peaks to conquer, rushing rivers, white water and languid lakes to kayak, jet boat and raft; vast caving systems and off-road terrain for quad bikes and 4WD expeditions.

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New Zealand's highest tandem skydive 20,000ft at Skydive Franz