The South Island's West Coast of New Zealand is a narrow coastal strip which runs parallel to the majestic Southern Alps. The Coast's history is carved out of greenstone (jade), gold, coal and timber. This was pioneer country 130 years ago, it's still pioneer country today. A land of opportunity. With golden beaches, untamed rivers, and gentle streams where trout lie in wait for the skillful angler, pristine forests, native bush and rugged mountains, this is a scenic wonderland. The well maintained New Zealand Heritage Highways give you easy access to all parts of the South Island allowing you flexibility in your travelling choices.
Here, amongst some of the most friendly people on the globe, you can appreciate this Southern alpine vista up close and choose from a wide range of tramping, sightseeing and adventure activities, horse treks, Jet Boating through majestic limestone gorge, helicopter charter and scenic rides, fishing lakes or if you choose simply relax in the peace of the south!
Take a three day drive from majestic Buller region in the north down through our Central temperate region, through the rain forest and tranquil lakes of South Westland to the glacier country just a little further south.
Travel through the mountain passes from Nelson, Canterbury or Central Otago. Even the entry points are spectacular. Enjoy the peace an quiet of the coast. Do things you've never tried before and take the experience home - wherever in the world that might be!
Sunrise over the Southern Alps
Lake Kaniere bush walk