Visit the West Coast
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.
Top itineraries in West Coast
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.
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.
This tailor-made holiday 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.
Top places to stay in West Coast
Explore an untouched landscape with naturalist guides while staying at a wilderness retreat where nature takes centre stage.
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.
The cutting edge modernity of this luxury retreat’s architectural lines does little to take away from the stunning greenery of its rainforest setting.
Where to go in West Coast
New Zealand's tallest peak, Mt Cook, forms the focal point of Mount Cook National Park in the South Island's mountainous central region.
When to go to West Coast
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