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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$111
Reviewed on 25 Jan. 2020
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Rainforest Retreat

Rainforest Retreat

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

    We booked a Tree Hut room which was amazing ! The Hut was comfortable and quite and the complementary drinks and nibbles was a nice touch too. My only thought for improvement would be to screen the beer barrels as one drives in and the pile of old sofas outside the other rooms made us a bit nervous ...

    Fox Glacier TOP 10 Holiday Park & Motels NZ$114
    Reviewed on 11 Jan. 2020
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    Fox Glacier TOP 10 Holiday Park & Motels

    Fox Glacier TOP 10 Holiday Park & Motels

    Kerrs Road, Fox Glacier
       
      4.3 of 5
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      We were in a very new self contained unit which was lovely. Check in was easy and the holiday park had facilities you need (laundry and a good playground etc.). Main problem was the WiFi wasn’t working although I think that was a park wise problem and our tv didn’t seem to be able to be connected ...

      Kingsgate Hotel Greymouth NZ$99
      Reviewed on 8 Jan. 2020
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      Kingsgate Hotel Greymouth

      Kingsgate Hotel Greymouth

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

        Lovely modern 2-queen bed room in 5th floor. The room has views looking at the river. The hotel is also centrally located in town.

        The Ashley Hotel NZ$155
        Reviewed on 25 Jan. 2020
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        The Ashley Hotel

        The Ashley Hotel

        74 Tasman St, Greymouth
           
          4.1 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          It was a great place to stay, very clean and plenty of space. The kids loved the pool

          The Westhaven Motel NZ$145
          Reviewed on 28 Dec. 2019
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          The Westhaven Motel

          The Westhaven Motel

          29 Main Road, State Highway 6, Fox Glacier
             
            4.3 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Very nice place , got a rollaway for us in a hurry.

            Beachfront Hotel NZ$155
            Reviewed on 5 Jan. 2020
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            Beachfront Hotel

            Beachfront Hotel

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

              Fantastic location! I could hear the waves crash from my bedroom window. The grocery store is across the street and main street Hokitika is right out the door. Lovely visit.

              Greymouth Seaside TOP 10 Holiday Park NZ$82
              Reviewed on 30 Dec. 2019
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              Greymouth Seaside TOP 10 Holiday Park

              Greymouth Seaside TOP 10 Holiday Park

              2 Chesterfield Street, Greymouth
                 
                4.0 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                It was a good location near the beach. The coffee van was handy in the morning.

                Heartland Hotel Haast NZ$119
                Reviewed on 18 Jan. 2020
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                Heartland Hotel Haast

                Heartland Hotel Haast

                Haast-Jackson Bay Road, Haast
                   
                  3.7 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Excellent restaurant on site - we really enjoyed our evening meal there

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