Two airports - Westport and Hokitika - provide air links to and from the
Road: InterCity Coachlines and Newmans Coachlines
have a nation-wide network including daily scheduled coach services to
the West Coast region, from both northern and southern directions. Other
local companies operate services to and from this region. The Great
Alpine Highway (SH73) is an important route to the East Coast
(Canterbury) of the South island from the West Coast. The Great Alpine
Highway is a region of diverse landscapes and climate, lakes, braided
rivers, natural beauty, unique townships, and provides magnificent views
of the Southern Alps.
Rail: Greymouth is the main rail terminus
for the West Coast region. The 'TranzAlpine' is a daily service between
Christchurch and Greymouth.
Journey time: Christchurch - Greymouth 4.5 hours, Greymouth -
Christchurch 4 hours.