The West Coast region stretches 600 km’s along the western side of the South Island & never more than 50 kilometres wide. It’s a region of rivers and rainforests, glaciers and geological treasures
3¼ hour drive from Christchurch to Greymouth crossing the Southern Alps over the spectacular Arthur’s Pass.
45 min flight from Hokitika to Christchurch
1 hour flight from Westport to Christchurch
From hotels, motels & lodges in the area, or meet the local people by staying at a B+B or homestay. The West Coast offers travellers a wide range of accommodation. Some of our favourite places to stay include:
Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier
Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier
Distinction Fox Glacier Hotel
Bella Vista Greymouth
Hotel Lake Brunner
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SEE + DO
The long stretching region of the West Coast is as rugged as it gets. Any adventurous and curious traveller will not get bored in this region.
Take a guided tour with one of the many glacier guiding companies that operate in Glacier Country.
Join a Scenic Cruise on Lake Mapourika - just minutes from Franz Josef Glacier
Go behind the scenes to see the kiwi hatching programme at the West Coast Wildlife Centre
Enjoy a soak at Maruia Hot Springs, a historical natural thermal mineral spring located in the Lewis Pass National Reserve.
From wading birds to rainforest orchids, tidal lagoon wetlands and ancient plants and trees and river waterways - the Okarito EcoTour showcases it all
Visit the pancake rocks in Punakaiki – the most visited natural attraction on the West Coast with good reason, they really do look like pancakes!
The Hokitika Gorge is well worth a visit with its vivid turquoise water surrounded by lush native bush
Grab your bike and explore the West Coast Wilderness Trail that showcases some of the most outstanding scenery on the West Coast .
See epic vistas, travel the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, traverse the Southern Alps and see miles of native beech forest on the TranzAlpine train between Christchurch and Greymouth.
Learn to carve your own jade souvenir near Hokitika where jade is plentiful