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WestportNew Zealand

Hike or bike The Old Ghost Road, watch seals play in the waves and go whitewater rafting on the mighty Buller River in this coastal town of the South Island.

Westport is the gateway to the North West Coast and is surrounded by a wide range of awe-inspiring nature, from the Buller River beside it to the Paparoa Range behind it.

The town is about 1.5 hours north of Greymouth by car and has about 4,000 residents. The main attraction here is the nature directly surrounding the town. Set out on foot along the Kawatiri River Trail and to the Kawatiri Beach Reserve. Many of the tracks were finished in early 2017 to provide better views of the river, wetlands and beach and the abundant birdlife that flocks here.

Head west of town to the dramatic Cape Foulwind, named so by explorer James Cook in 1770 after his ship was blown offshore. Hike along the well-maintained Cape Foulwind Walkway to the Cape Foulwind Seal Colony viewing area. Spot flightless weka birds, which can often be seen on the path and keep scanning the ocean for jumping dolphins.

Experience one of New Zealand's best-kept secrets by hiking or biking along The Old Ghost Road. This much-praised multi-day trail takes adventurers across soaring peaks and through moss-covered forests along tracks that cling to the mountain slopes. One-day adventure tours are available too, even one that drops you off by helicopter halfway along the trail with your bike.

Keep your adrenaline flowing by rafting or jet boating through Buller Gorge. For a more sedate experience, drive along Hawk’s Crag beside the river or take a walk over the Buller Gorge Swingbridge.

Finish off back in town by sampling a craft beer at the small West Coast Brewery. This gives you a chance to appreciate what humans can make with nature, while reflecting back on the untamed nature that abounds in this spectacular area.

Top hotels in Westport

Bella Vista Motel Westport
Bella Vista Motel Westport
4 out of 5
314 Palmerston Street, Westport
The price is NZ$139 per night from 26 Oct. to 27 Oct.

Situated in a rural location, this eco-friendly motel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Coaltown Museum and 4.8 mi (7.7 km) from Carters Beach. Denniston Experience is ...

4.4/5Excellent! (131 reviews)

"The hostess was lovely. The Rooms Were spotless and very comfortable"…"

Reviewed on 22 Aug. 2020

Bella Vista Motel Westport
Buller Bridge Motel
Buller Bridge Motel
3 out of 5
32a The Esplanade, Westport
The price is NZ$129 per night from 26 Oct. to 27 Oct.

Situated near the airport, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Coaltown Museum and Miner's Brewery. Solid Energy Centre is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) away.

4.6/5Wonderful! (172 reviews)

"Best value for money you'll find- tasteful, comfy rooms and friendly, helpful hosts."…"

Reviewed on 26 Sep. 2020

Buller Bridge Motel
Westport Motels
Westport Motels
2.5 out of 5
32 The Esplanade, Westport
The price is NZ$121 per night from 26 Oct. to 27 Oct.

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly motel is within a 15-minute walk of Coaltown Museum and Miner's Brewery. Solid Energy Centre is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) ...

4/5Very Good! (201 reviews)

"A good overnight stay"…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2019

Westport Motels
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Westport

Carters Beach Holiday Studios
Carters Beach Holiday Studios
3 out of 5
5 Marine Parade, Westport, West Coast
The price is NZ$134 per night from 23 Oct. to 24 Oct.

Situated in Westport, this golf apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Carters Beach, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Cape Foulwind Lighthouse and Tauranga Bay ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)

"Such a great accommodation. Very cosy and plenty of room for the kids as well where they could be separate to us and not be on top of each other"…"

Reviewed on 16 Aug. 2020

Carters Beach Holiday Studios
Carters By The Sea Westport
Carters By The Sea Westport
3 out of 5
27 Marine Parade, Carters Beach, West Coast, Westport
The price is NZ$170 per night from 27 Oct. to 28 Oct.

Offering direct access to the beach, this Westport apartment building is next to a golf course, 7.5 mi (12 km) from Tauranga Bay Seal Colony, and within 25 mi ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (129 reviews)

"Friendly welcome and lovely apartment. So close to beach a great choice"…"

Reviewed on 9 Oct. 2020

Carters By The Sea Westport
Westport Holiday Park And Motels
Westport Holiday Park And Motels
4 out of 5
31-37 Domett St, Westport
The price is NZ$92 per night from 25 Oct. to 26 Oct.

This family-friendly Westport campsite is within a 15-minute walk of Solid Energy Centre and Miner's Brewery. Coaltown Museum is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.

4.1/5Very Good! (84 reviews)

"Staff was very griendly and helpful place was clean and quiet easy to"…"

Reviewed on 7 Apr. 2020

Westport Holiday Park And Motels
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Westport

Tauranga Bay Seal Colony
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Tauranga Bay Seal Colony

4.5/5(29 reviews)

Ocean waves lap on the rocky shores of this beautiful bay where you can see multitudes of New Zealand fur seals basking in the sun.

Reviews of Westport

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Jun. 2020

There could be more open on the weekend. Had to go to Reefton for breakfast on way out of town. I would have thought that cafes would have been open in Westport but the place was shuttered. not a good look on a holiday weekend with all motels full.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Mar. 2020

very friendly residents, lots of easy to find public loos, lovely tidy town, would like to live there

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Mar. 2020

It was a nice town.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

14 Mar. 2020

The Copper Pot restaurant in Palmerston St was brilliant. Breakfast options were limited and I struggled to find anything aside from a full cooked breakfast with a the meat (I’m vegetarian). I ended up with a perfectly good coffee and toast w jam.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Jan. 2020

Close to so many great destinations and attractions on the West Coast including Old Ghost Road (great hike!), Karamea caves and bush walks, Denniston visit was very special.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Jan. 2020

Seemed more alive then some news articles suggested. Lot of colour

Cities near Westport

Cape Foulwind featuring rocky coastline and general coastal views

Cape Foulwind

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