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West Coast

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.

  • Glacier Country - Fox Glacier and Franz Josef villages make ideal bases to visit the glaciers

  • Haast, the last town on the West Coast, and a great location to break the journey when travelling from/to Queenstown or Wanaka

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