Nestled between the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea the West Coast is an area in a spectacular and beautiful environment.
Teeming with abundant wildlife, rare kiwi and white heron (kotuku), seal colonies, the world's rarest penguins, dolphins and a variety of unique native alpine flora, this 600 kilometre long region (no wider than 70 kms at any point) serves as a time capsule, revealing what our country might have looked like before humans arrived some 1000 years ago.
With towering mountains, clear, clean rivers and lakes, vast podocarp forests, temperate coastal forests, diverse wetlands, accessible glaciers, wild beaches and long captivating caves, the West Coast is a wonderland of natural features just waiting to be explored.
The West Coast is a stunning drive from Wanaka through the Haast Pass and Mount Aspiring National Park. The West Coast is easy to reach and even more easily enjoyed!
From fascinating heritage and stunning landscapes to must do adventure activities and out of the way luxury retreats.
There is nowhere in New Zealand like the fabulous West Coast of the Southern Alps!