Getting There & Away
Most travellers arrive by road from elsewhere in NZ. Buses arrive from major South Island destinations, including Nelson, Christchurch and Queenstown. The TranzAlpine train from Christchurch is the most scenic mode of transport. There are no international flights to the West Coast but there are services from Christchurch and Wellington.
With big distances between towns, the sparsely populated West Coast lends itself best to independent travel by car or motorbike. Buses and coaches – usually daily, sometimes seasonal – are at least reliable, and reach most major destinations up and down the coast. Private shuttles can link you to trailheads and remote destinations, but advance booking is crucial.