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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.
Stayed in the treehouses, so lovely. The best comfortable beds, breakfast delivered to your room the night before for you to cook yourself. A special treat to stay.
Cabin was very clean and fresh. Views of surrounding mountains were awesome.
Great little place close to town. A bit of road noise but the place is immaculate.
The showerhead and water press3 was amazing. The view was beautiful. The breakfast buffet had a wide variety of food, was better than anticipated.
Beautiful room clean with modern facilities. Set within a rainforest outlook. Great for a family of 5 Close to restaurants and short drive to the Glacier
Great oceanview. checkin was smooth and simple. Comfortable bed, bathroom clean And to a high standard. Room quite stuffy at night. A cheese knife in the room would be a great addition!
Tammy at the reception was very helpful. Borrowed her data cable for the night. Room was clean and spacious. We had a great stay.