Attractions

Top Choice Gorge in Hokitika

Hokitika Gorge

Water this turquoise doesn't come easy. Half a million years of glacial movement sculpted Hokitika's porcelain-white ravine; the rock 'flour' ground over millennia intensifies the water's dazzling hue. A lookout at …
Top Choice Natural Feature in Punakaiki & Paparoa National Park

Pancake Rocks

Punakaiki's claim to fame is Dolomite Point, where a layering-weathering process called stylobedding has carved the limestone into what looks like piles of thick pancakes. Aim for high tide (tide timetables are post…
Top Choice Beach in Karamea & Around

Scotts Beach

It's almost an hour's walk each way from Kohaihai over the hill to Scotts Beach – a wild, empty shoreline shrouded in mist, awash in foamy waves, strewn with driftwood and backed by nikau palm forest. Wander in wond…
Ghost Town in Reefton

Waiuta

Remote Waiuta is one of the West Coast's most famous ghost towns. Spread over a square kilometre or so of plateau, this once-burgeoning gold town was abandoned in 1951 after the mineshaft collapsed. Waiuta grew quic…
Lake in Hokitika

Lake Kaniere

Lying at the heart of a 7000-hectare scenic reserve, beautiful Lake Kaniere is 8km long, 2km wide, 195m deep, and freezing cold (as you'll discover if you swim). You may prefer to camp or picnic at Hans Bay, peer at…
Brewery in Greymouth

Monteith’s Brewing Co

The original Monteith's brewhouse is brand HQ: glossy and a wee bit corporate, but it delivers a high-quality experience. Plan ahead for one of four daily guided tours (25 minutes, including generous samples) or DIY…
Museum in Greymouth

Shantytown

Good fun for kids and young-of-heart travellers, Shantytown is a recreated 1860s gold-mining town, 10km south of Greymouth. Peer inside a church, workshops and gory hospital (shield the kids' eyes), all painstakingl…
Wildlife Reserve in Franz Josef Glacier

West Coast Wildlife Centre

The purpose of this feel-good attraction is breeding two of the world's rarest kiwi – the rowi and the Haast tokoeka. The entry fee is well worthwhile by the time you’ve viewed the conservation, glacier and heritage…
Lake in Hokitika

Lake Mahinapua

Serene Lake Mahinapua and its diverse forests lie 10km south of Hokitika. The scenic reserve, gazetted in 1907, has a picnic area and DOC campsite that bask in mountain views, and the shallow, lagoon-fed water is wa…
Museum in Westport & Around

Coaltown Museum

Westport's 'black gold' is paid homage at this remarkably interesting museum, adjoining the i-SITE. A replica mine, well-scripted display panels and an excellent selection of photographs and pioneer ephemera allow f…