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West Coast Region

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Geologic Formations · Wildlife Areas · Hiking Trails
Set off on an active outdoor holiday in West Coast Region, a sparsely populated adventurer's playground with glaciers, rainforests, and other dramatic geological features. The long, narrow stretch of land is best experienced with your own transport, given the many things to do and the minimal infrastructure blotting the landscape. On the whole, West Coast Region remains wild and full of captivating vistas--of land, sea, and snow--with great caving and rafting opportunities. The coastal road takes in the most majestic sights and conveniently connects the region's thinly spread towns. Add West Coast Region and other New Zealand destinations to your travel plans using our New Zealand online day trip planner.
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Popular things to do in West Coast Region

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World heritage site
Franz Josef Glacier Franz Josef
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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World heritage site
Fox Glacier South Side Walk Fox Glacier
3.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Beach
Gillespies Beach Fox Glacier
3.9
Duration: 3 hours
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Scenic Walking Area
Lake Matheson Walk Fox Glacier
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Trails in West Coast Region

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Hiking Trail
Fox Glacier Hiking Trails Fox Glacier
3.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Hiking Trail
Mount Fox Route Fox Glacier
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
Hiking Trail
Copland Track Fox Glacier
4.3
Duration: 4 hours
Hiking Trail
Moraine Walk Fox Glacier
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes

Hidden gems in West Coast Region

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Safari
Waiatoto River Safari Haast
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Scenic Walking Area
The Old Ghost Road Westport
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
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Wildlife Area
Lake Kaniere Hokitika
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Art Gallery
Wilderness Gallery Hokitika
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes

Nature in West Coast Region

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Geologic Formation
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk Punakaiki
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
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Water Body
Lake Mapourika Franz Josef
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Geologic Formation
Canavan's Knob Walk Franz Josef
2.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Water Body
Okarito Lagoon Okarito
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in West Coast Region

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Art Gallery
ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery Fox Glacier
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
History Museum
Denniston Heritage Trust Denniston
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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History Museum
Hokitika Museum Hokitika
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes
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Specialty Museum
Coaltown Museum Westport
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min

Shopping in West Coast Region

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Garth Wilson Jade Greymouth
4.9
Duration: 1 hour
Gift & Specialty Shop
Westside Rides Hokitika
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Shades Of Jade Greymouth
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Hokitika Glass Studio Hokitika
4.6
Duration: 2 hours