Introducing Westport & Around
The port of Westport made its fortune in coal mining, though today the main mine is at Stockton, 38km north. The proposed expansion of West Coast coal mining is the subject of heated debates which pit traditional adversaries – the greens versus the go-aheads – against each other. There's no doubt that this industry keeps the town stoked up: it's looking purposeful, pretty, and even slighly 'go ahead'. Beyond some respectable hospitality, the town contains little of prolonged interest, but makes a good base for exploring the fascinating coast north to Karamea, Oparara and the Heaphy Track.