West Coast

West Coast – the land of coasters
West Coast is a sparsely populated city of New Zealand and is an administrative region of the country. Scenic beauty of the land is the main attraction of West Coast. It is rich in coastlines and mountains and has a beautiful collection of bush. The rain forest adds to the natural attraction of West Coast and of course a heavy rainfall flourishes the land.

West coast has industries including coal mining and forestry and processing of woods. Fishing and farming is also developing as advanced industries in West Coast. Tourism in itself is a separate industry growing with rapid pace in West Coast. Out of the farming industries, dairy farming is highly popular. Manufacturing of green stone and jewelry out of it is another popular industrial business occurring in this land. All these industries have attributed to the growth of regional economy from this city, contributing to the wealth of New Zealand.

Flora and fauna of New Zealand are other major attractions of the land. You can see some rare birds with this land being their habitat. The local people of West Coast are generally known as coasters. This indicates their hospitality and friendly approach they show towards tourists. They have high values like self reliability and loyalty as their identifying characters.

You can see the pancake rocks and blow holes which are the famous attractions of West Coast. The beauty of pancakes lies in the thin, horizontal layered appearance with varying thickness. In short, West Coast and its beautiful glaciers creeping to the rain forests have a unique role in the life of New Zealand and its inhabitants.

West Coast Region Activities

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‘Fox Trail’ Guided Walk

Operating out of Fox Glacier, this is an informative and leisurely trip to the dynamic face of the glacier. It is here that the Fox River emerges from the ice and where ice collapses are often heard a....
Location: Fox Glacier
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‘Fox Trot’ Guided Walk

For those with a half-day available this popular trip operating out of Fox Glacier, is a great eco-adventure and full of variety and interest. Walkers are kitted out with sturdy leather boots and othe....
Location: Fox Glacier
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Glacier Hot Pools – Private Pools

Nestled in lush rainforest, the Glacier Hot Pools is a haven of natural tranquillity and the perfect way for visitors to unwind and experience a blissful state of pure relaxation after travelling alon....
Location: Franz Josef Glacier
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Glacier Scenic Flight, West Coast

The scenic flights from Franz Josef and Fox Glacier locations will take your breath away as you discover that the stunning views of New Zealand's National Parks, glaciers, mountains and lakes are alwa....
Location: Franz Josef and Fox Glacier
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Shantytown Heritage Park

Shantytown Heritage Park is set on 500 acres of native rainforest. The town and surrounding buildings consists of 30 shops and buildings to explore. Children are well catered for at Shantytown with....
Location: Rutherglen, Greymouth
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Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe

The Experience Lake Mahinapua is one of the finest spots around Hokitika for a day out or a quiet afternoon. The scenic reserve was gazetted in 1907 and provides a forested margin around the lak....
Location: 1128 Woodstock-Rimu Rd, Hokitika
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