West Coast

Uncover this region of wild natural beauty


The South Island's wild west coast is a region of stunning natural beauty, and it's not just Kiwis who think so. Haast was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Great Coast Road has been declared one of the best coastal drives in the world. This a region you definitely visit for its nature - ancient glaciers, limestone cliffs, blowholes, sea caves, rivers, beaches, hot springs and natural arches. 

You can start at the southern part of the coast after exploring the Southland region and head north on a road trip towards Kahurangi National Park, continuing on to explore Nelson and the Abel Tasman if you have some extra time on your hands. Or flip it around and travel north to south in a rental car, stopping off along the way to hit up a walking or mountain biking trail if that's your thing. Keep an eye out for fur seals and other unique wildlife that inhabit this special region, immerse yourself in nature on the Heaphy or Papamoa Great Walks, or view things from above on a helicopter ride. 

Our expert travel consultants can help you organise the perfect adventure to the West Coast. Take a look at our available deals below or get in touch to arrange a bespoke package tailored to your requirements. 

Things you should know about the West Coast

2.6 million hectares of land in Haast was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Area in 1990 for its outstanding natural beauty.

The Great Coast Road was named by Lonely Planet as one of the Top 10 Coastal Drives in the world.

Don't leave the West Coast without trying some West Coast Whitebait - it's a local delicacy. 

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