West Coast

Population: Circa 32,900

Climate: A bit wetter than other regions and experiences snow in winter, but has mild summers

Great for: Coastal drives, Exploring rugged wilderness, Walking the glaciers, Hunting and fishing


Pancake Rocks
Punakaiki is home to the unusual rock formations known as ‘Pancake Rocks’. An easily accessible track leads to limestone rocks and blowholes. Make sure you visit during high tide.

Fishing, fishing and fishing!
From deep sea fishing and fly fishing, to surfcasting and whitebaiting, if you love the peace and solitude of fishing, the West Coast has it all.

The Outdoor Enthusiast’s Playground
We’ve included these altogether as we can’t just pick three highlights for this region! Walk the Franz Joseph and Fox Glaciers, go caving or mountain bike riding. Enjoy the clean, fresh air and majestic landscapes, with small friendly communities, it really feels like you have escaped the rat race.

Head’s top tip

Caroline O'Hagan:
“Locals are passionate about ‘the Coast’ – it’s truly unspoiled and ruggedly beautiful. If you have a fearless spirit, then try skydiving down to the Fox Glacier – awesome, but not for the faint of heart!”

Find out more at westcoastnz.com

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