The West Coast region stretches 600 kilometres from north of Karamea and Westport to south of Haast.

Constrained by the tempestuous Tasman Sea to the west, and the majestic Southern Alps to the east; the West Coast region of New Zealand is no wider than 70 kilometres at its widest point.


This unique coastline is the place of unusual flora and fauna, alpine mountains, and temperate rainforest to coastal wetlands. See the beautiful red flowers of the Rata, and the yellow flowering Kowhai, nikau palms and podocarp forests.


Slowly creeping their way down from the Southern Alps to the rainforests of the coastal strip are Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier. Be amazed at these creaking rivers of ice, as they grind out the ancient rock. You can explore these glaciers by walking to the terminal face, or by half or full-day guided hikes on to the glacier. For an unforgettable experience, take a Heli hike glacier, before strapping on crampons and carrying an ice pick to explore the ice caves. You can also take scenic flights by plane or helicopter to enjoy the glaciers, Mount Cook, and the Southern Alps from the air.


Hotels In West Coast

Maruia River Retreat
Surrounded by 500 acres of beautiful native beech forests, rugged mountain ranges, gardens and terraces, Maruia Retreat is an extensive natural estate nestled alongside the magnificent Maruia River.
Rimu Lodge
Located on New Zealand’s West Coast, Rimu Lodge is a purpose-built luxury boutique lodge accommodation situated just a ten-minute drive from Hokitika and its award-winning cafes, and unique tourism attractions.
Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass
Escape the crowds and discover wild New Zealand. Stylish accommodation, with excellent food and exciting nature adventures, combine to create the exceptional Wilderness Lodge experience.

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