The West Coast of the South Island has some of the most dramatic scenery
in New Zealand. The West Coast is best known for its magnificant coastline
and the Fox
Glacier And Franz
Josef Glacier. However there is much more, the impressive mountain
peaks of teh Southern Alps, tranquil lakes, raging rivers, and lush rainforest.
Five of New Zealand's 13 national parks are located on the West Coast, and
the southern West Coast area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its uniqueness
and as a 'special place' in the world.
The West Coast also has many historic points of interest. The West Coast history has been closely tied to mining for gold and coal.
Westport, the main town on the northern West Coast
Greymouth, the largest town on the West Coast and the terminus for the TranzAlpine rail
journey from Christchurch
Punakaiki, home of the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes.
Hokitika, a coastal town with many arts and crafts shops.