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West Coast New Zealand

Find wild coastlines and awe-inspiring glaciers in this remote area of New Zealand where the Southern Alps tower over green forests.

Journey through West Coast New Zealand to embrace a forested wilderness. Indulge in a gourmet dining experience by the fire. Walk over the creaking ice of an ancient glacier, cruise down blue-green rivers and soak in hot thermal pools.

Pull on warm clothes and visit the Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier. These spectacular glaciers are located about 23 kilometres (14 miles) apart on the main coastal highway. Walk to them via lush rainforest trails. Get the best views on an exciting helicopter tour through mountains and over sparkling ice.

Luxuriate in the steaming waters of nearby Glacier Hot Pools at Franz Josef town. Relax in the peaceful environment of natural thermal springs while surrounded by delicate forest ferns. Pay entry fees on arrival or book ahead in high season to guarantee entrance.

Stay in the pretty town of Karamea to explore its beautiful natural landscape. Hike part of the famous Heaphy Track for a day or book overnight huts for a 5-day adventure. The track is suitable for families.

Visit the Oparara Valley at the southern border of the incredible Kahurangi National Park, a short drive from Karamea. Here, find the amazing Honeycomb Hill Caves and the limestone Oparara Arch and Moria Gate Arch. See the blowholes of Punakaiki along the coast.

Be amazed by vivid blue-green waters in the Hokitika Gorge located 33 kilometres (20 miles) from the picturesque farming town of Hokitika. The easy entry track has wheelchair access and unforgettable views. Try a whitewater kayak trip near the gorge for an excitement-filled day.

Experience stunning scenery at the Cape Foulwind Seal Colony. Watch entertaining marine mammals playing in rock pools and basking in the sun. Sunsets are particularly spectacular so bring your camera to take amazing photos.

Access West Coast New Zealand most easily by car or bus. It contains some of the country’s best scenic drives. Stop at the excellent accommodation options and restaurants throughout the region while you enjoy the trip of a lifetime.


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Rainforest Retreat NZ$89
Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2019
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Rainforest Retreat

Rainforest Retreat

46 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier
     
    4.2 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Great facilities provided in the kitchen including coffee machine. Beds were comfortable and cosy.

    Shining Star Beachfront Accommodation NZ$101
    Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2019
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    Shining Star Beachfront Accommodation

    Shining Star Beachfront Accommodation

    16 Richards Drive, Hokitika
       
      4.4 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nice easy walk to beach. Liked the barn animals too

      Kingsgate Hotel Greymouth NZ$99
      Reviewed on 21 Jul. 2019
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      Kingsgate Hotel Greymouth

      Kingsgate Hotel Greymouth

      32 Mawhera Quay, Greymouth
         
        3.6 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Friendly staff and sizeable rooms. Property condition left much to be desired. The exterior facade of the hotel looked old and run-down. The interior of the hotel showed age as well. The rooms themselves were nice and well-appointed. I appreciated the balcony. I would stay there again, but would ...

        Franz Josef Oasis NZ$99
        Reviewed on 15 Jul. 2019
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        Franz Josef Oasis

        Franz Josef Oasis

        Franz Josef Highway, Franz Josef Glacier
           
          4.6 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          What a delightful find. Lovely facilities and staff.

          Fox Glacier Lodge NZ$115
          Reviewed on 6 Jul. 2019
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          Fox Glacier Lodge

          Fox Glacier Lodge

          41 Sullivan Road, Fox Glacier
             
            4.4 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            The room was clean and comfortable with reasonably good self catering options. It was close to town. Not flashy but nice.

            Beachfront Hotel NZ$135
            Reviewed on 17 May 2019
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            Beachfront Hotel

            Beachfront Hotel

            111 Revell Street, Hokitika
               
              4.1 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              It was all good. room was excellent and warm. service was good have I used up my 50 characters yet?

              Aspen Court Motel Franz Josef NZ$112
              Reviewed on 21 Jul. 2019
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              Aspen Court Motel Franz Josef

              Aspen Court Motel Franz Josef

              76 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier
                 
                4.7 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                3nd time back to this hotel. Pam is very friendly & helpful with sharing information.

                Maruia Hot Springs NZ$257
                Reviewed on 24 Apr. 2019
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                Maruia Hot Springs

                Maruia Hot Springs

                State Highway 7, Maruia, West Coast
                   
                  4.1 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Fantastic 24 hour access to hot pools. Great, clean and comfortable room.

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