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West Coast, South Island, New Zealand

West Coast

Visit the West Coast

Introduction

Extreme climate and extreme geography are the hallmarks of the west coast of New Zealand, a narrow strip of land hemmed in by the Tasman Sea and the Southern Alps, the backbone of the South Island.

These lofty and glacier-strewn mountains cause high rainfall on the west coast, which has sculpted the land into dramatic formations. The weather does not trouble the welcoming Coasters, many of whom are descended from early gold and coal miners, and it should not trouble travellers either.

After all, it is rainwater that fills the region's rivers and lakes, which provide great opportunities for trout fishing, river safaris and photography. And it's rainwater that has, over aeons, created a wild and beautiful landscape that is the backdrop to some epic drives.

Special offers in West Coast

Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,610 pp incl. flights

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offer

Free car hire

Flight & free car hire offer – Save up to £515 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

With boutique hotel stays and car hire included throughout, this curated road trip perfectly showcases the unique cultures and natural wonders of New Zealand's North and South islands.

Best of the South Island

13-day tailor-made self-drive & rail journey from £2,915 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free car hire

Flight & free car hire offer – Save up to £430 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

Discover New Zealand's South Island, bringing all to life with an included glacier heli-hike, an overnight Doubtful Sound cruise and a journey on the iconic TranzAlpine train.

Cultural Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,850 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free car hire

Free car hire offer – Save up to £415 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

A tip-to-toe tour of New Zealand, taking in the best of its landscapes and culture, and calling into filming locations from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Wilderness Highlights of New Zealand

23-day tailor-made self-drive from £5,430 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free car hire

Free car hire offer – Save up to £555 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

Discover the spectacular landscapes of New Zealand's north and south islands on this fly-drive holiday, which includes a journey across the Southern Alps aboard the iconic TranzAlpine Express.

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Top itineraries in West Coast

Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,610 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free car hire

Flight & free car hire offer – Save up to £515 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

With boutique hotel stays and car hire included throughout, this curated road trip perfectly showcases the unique cultures and natural wonders of New Zealand's North and South islands.

Best of the South Island

13-day tailor-made self-drive & rail journey from £2,915 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free car hire

Flight & free car hire offer – Save up to £430 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

Discover New Zealand's South Island, bringing all to life with an included glacier heli-hike, an overnight Doubtful Sound cruise and a journey on the iconic TranzAlpine train.

Australia and New Zealand Discoverer

21-day tailor-made journey from £4,500 pp incl. flights

Free car hire

This 21-day tailor-made itinerary combines the best that Australia and New Zealand have to offer. You'll explore New Zealand's world-famous glaciers and remote fjords with a self-drive before discovering Australia's sacred Ayers Rock, stunning beaches and delightful waterside cities.

Cultural Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,850 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free car hire

Free car hire offer – Save up to £415 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

A tip-to-toe tour of New Zealand, taking in the best of its landscapes and culture, and calling into filming locations from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

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Top places to stay in West Coast

Wilderness Lodge, Lake Moeraki

Small & intimate eco-accommodation

Explore an untouched landscape with naturalist guides while staying at a wilderness retreat where nature takes centre stage.

The Hermitage, Mt. Cook

Historic hotel

This is accommodation as daring as its 19th century founders, looking up at snow-covered Mt. Cook and featuring a full range of exploratory activities.

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Contemporary eco-accommodation

The cutting edge modernity of this luxury retreat’s architectural lines does little to take away from the stunning greenery of its rainforest setting.

Distinction Fox Glacier Hotel

Small & intimate hotel

Poised to explore one of New Zealand’s most spectacular natural attractions, this is an excellent, comfortable choice.

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Where to go in West Coast

Mt Cook

New Zealand's tallest peak, Mt Cook, forms the focal point of Mount Cook National Park in the South Island's mountainous central region.

Greymouth

Greymouth is the largest town on the west coast and lies at the mouth of the Grey River.

Franz Josef

These enormous Franz Josef and Fox glaciers form the centrepiece of the Westland National Park and are two of the west coast's biggest crowd-pullers.

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When to go to West Coast

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Meet our West Coast experts

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0614 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

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Every step of the way

Every step of the way

Our services are with you from start to finish:

  • Dedicated personal consultants
  • Wexas Travel App
  • Free airport lounges on qualifying bookings
  • Care and guidance pre, post and during holiday
  • Full financial security: ABTA & ATOL protected