West Coast

The West Coast (Te Tai Poutini) of the Southern Alps is over 600kms of breathtaking scenery, with plenty of activities and a slow pace of life to truly unwind and relax. The sheer diversity of the scenery along the Coast will take your breath away from the magnificent alpine vista to the spectacular coastline, rain forests, glaciers and lush farmland intersected by blue braided rivers and rushing mountain streams. The not to be missed scenic highlights of the West Coast include the Oparara Arches in Karamea, Punakaiki's Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, the Hokitika Gorge and Franz Josef and Fox Glacier. Find out more at www.westcoast.co.nz

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Hokitikia Domestic Airport Westport Domestic Airport

Franz Josef Glacier Guides

+64 3752 0763

Glacier Base,
63 Cron Street,
Franz Josef

Franz Josef Glacier Guides is an internationally recognized guiding operation that prides itself on providing the most incredible glacier experience.  We make a clear commitment to our visitors that our trip is the most spectacular and rewarding available, walking up into the glacier terrain with your experienced guide is a once a lifetime opportunity.  We have a range of trips to suit every ability, from a valley walk, to Ice Explorer and Heli Hike options and, for the more adventurous ice climbing - there is a trip for almost everyone.

Glacier Hot Pools

+64 3 752 0099

Glacier Base,
63 Cron Street,
Franz Josef

Nestled in lush rainforest, lulled by the sound of gently cascading water, the Glacier Hot Pools invites you to leave your day to day worries behind as you submerge yourself in deliciously warm water, rejuvenating mind, body and soul. The Glacier Hot Pools is a haven of natural tranquility and the perfect way to relax after exploring the rugged West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Three invitingly warm main pools await, or you can opt for one of three secluded private pools; perfect for families or couples. Massage facilities enhance the experience.

Taiaha Trek Tours and Te Whare Kai Catering

+64 22 131 5458

A visit to Hokitika is a must. Visit us and we can show you around the West Coast. Perhaps you'd enjoy a good old kiwi pub crawl, or a visit to Franz Joseph Hot Pools, Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki, the magic blue waters of the Hokitika Gorge, a tour of the many professional greenstone factories, or just a walk along the beautiful beaches of the coast to enjoy the magic sunsets over the Tasman Ocean. Wherever and whatever you want to see we can get you there. Contact us and we will get it together for you.

Waewae Pounamu

+64 3 755 8304

At the beginning of the 19th Century, Ngāti Waewae, a tribal affiliate of Ngai Tahu, laid claim to the ownership of the West Coast through conquest. Today Ngāti Waewae are centred at Arahura Pa, a Māori Reserve, where the people are known as kaitiaki (guardians) of pounamu (greenstone). Ngāti Waewae occupation has been sustained by the beautiful treasure known as pounamu, a prized possession of their people. Waewae Pounamu is totally owned and operated by Ngāti Waewae, which lies within the heart of "Greenstone Isle" – Te Waipounamu, the South Island of New Zealand.

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