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About West Coast New Zealand

The West Coast, or just "the Coast", is a remote, sparsely populated region in the South Island of New Zealand.

As its name indicates, the West Coast covers most of the western portion of the South Island, west of the Southern Alps and north of the Fiordland region. The entire region is not wider than 50 kilometres at its widest point, and just a little over 30,000 people live here.

The West Coast is a beautiful scenic place with wild coastlines, rugged mountains, cascading glaciers, and lots of native bush and rain forest. Here you will find a place rich in pioneering history. Gold, pounamu (greenstone) and coal have each influenced and shaped the region.

A town rich with a history of jade hunting, gold mining and dramatic river floods, Greymouth is the largest town on the Coast. Westport and Hokitika are also main towns.


The West Coast experiences a very wet climate, especially during Spring. Winters tend to be drier, with mild temperatures. Summer can be beautifully hot - a great time to soak in a river or lake!


There are many parks, gardens, historic houses, museums and other places of interest in and around the West Coast, New Zealand.

Popular attractions in West Coast include the Haast Pass, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki, and the Heaphy Track.

Voted one of the top 10 coastal drives in the world by Lonely Planet, the Great Coast Road is an amazing experience all in itself. Experience unsurpassed views of spectacular mountain vistas, panoramic ocean seascapes and lush rainforest.

Don't miss the Westcoast Treetop Walk which winds amongst ancient rimu and provides amazing views of the limestone cliffs of Paparoa National Park, and the vivid turquoise water of the Hokitika Gorge.

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