West Coast

The wild and wonderful West Coast of the South Island. Highlighted a number of “must see” attractions to assist you in planning a great holiday in this fascinating part of the country.

Charleston

By |2014-08-10T04:45:25+12:00November 7th, 2013|West Coast|

Visiting the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island is always a unique experience filled with many wonders. On this occasion we stayed in the small community of Charleston. Charleston was founded during a major gold rush in 1867 and the remains of around 99 hotels have recently been discovered.

Jet-boat Safaris

By |2016-11-26T18:58:55+13:00October 15th, 2013|West Coast|

Slide into your seat, buckle yourself in, grip the handrail and wait for the adrenalin to flow. Later when the driver says ‘Hold on" respond quickly before he executes a white-knuckle jet-spin. These simple instructions are all you require to enjoy a uniquely New Zealand experience - jet-boating on the wild West Coast rivers.

Glacier Walking

By |2016-11-26T18:58:55+13:00October 15th, 2013|West Coast|

Take a hike on a massive river of ice sliding inexorably down the precipitous slopes of the Southern Alps. Glacier walking is one of New Zealand’s top attractions. Experienced guides can lead you into an alien world of blue-tinged ice caves, seracs and pinnacles on the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers on the South Island’s West Coast.

Franz Josef Glacier

By |2016-11-26T18:58:56+13:00October 15th, 2013|West Coast|

Welcome to the heart of Glacier Country - the township of Franz Josef - nestling at the foot of the Southern Alps. Feel the buzz of excitement as coach loads of expectant tourists are whisked away from the Alpine Adventure Centre, and aerial sightseers soar skywards in a whirl of rotor blades, bound for Mt Cook.

Fox Glacier

By |2016-11-26T18:58:56+13:00October 15th, 2013|West Coast|

New Zealand has a dynamic duo of glaciers, which are easily accessed and provide a fascinating and unique holiday experience. Nowhere else in the world, at this latitude, do glaciers flow down into a temperate rainforest so close to sea level.

Wild Foods Festival

By |2014-08-10T04:50:02+12:00October 15th, 2013|West Coast|

What do you fancy as an appetiser? Was that whitebait or worm patties, huhu grub sushi or battered snails? You will be spoiled with choices at the Hokitika Wild Foods Festival, a culinary celebration of the Kiwi's innovative ability to ‘live off the natural resources of the land and sea’.

Southern Alps Passes

By |2016-11-26T18:58:56+13:00October 15th, 2013|West Coast|

The fun of a West Coast holiday begins with a journey through the Southern Alps. A 600 km long, incredibly straight wall of mountains locks the Coast into an exclusive climate zone and eco-system. Ancient Maori greenstone (jade) trails were the only land links with the rest of New Zealand 150 years ago.

Okarito Lagoon

By |2014-08-10T05:59:48+12:00October 7th, 2013|West Coast|

Be sure to visit New Zealand’s only white heron (kotuku) nesting colony. It’s a neat experience observing these magnificent birds, which are supremely graceful and elegant in all their movements. The colony of 150 white herons, royal spoonbills and little shags is found in the Waitangiroto Nature Reserve.

Shantytown

By |2016-11-26T18:58:56+13:00October 7th, 2013|West Coast|

Virtually every rock-bound riverbed yields secrets of heritage gold diggings. Fossick in the loose gravels of any tumbling mountain stream on the Coast and you have a good prospect of winning a small ‘colour’. Visitors to the West Coast can have a personal experience of the 1860’s gold rush days at Shantytown.

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