West Coast
West Coast
Wild. Rugged. Spectacular. All words used to describe the West Coast, a 600km stretch of coastline home to less than 1 per cent of New Zealand’s population. But what it lacks in people it makes up for in natural treasures, from lush rainforest and remote rivers to two of the world's most accessible glaciers.
Food & Wine

West Coast restaurant's whole fresh outlook gathering a wild reputation

West Coast

Love birdlife? This is the Kiwi trail for you

“There were robins all over the place. We saw lots of other species. It was the best birdlife we’ve come across on a walk like this.”

West Coast

The tiny town near the last resting place of old moa bones

It's a place so special, you can still see entire moa skeletons lying in a 35 million-year-old cave system.

Back Your Backyard

Beer, rainbows and mountain oysters: Five events to check out this weekend

After the recent alert levels “wobble”, events are hoping to get back to normal around the country.

West Coast

Scrambling through blue ice caves on Franz Josef glacier

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Why the West Coast's Ōpārara Arches are worth the expedition

It will cost you only effort and patience, for which you will be generously rewarded with some truly wondrous sights.

West Coast

Magical Murchison, looking to the future while capitalising on its past

Geographically speaking, Murchison is blessed, nestled between two national parks, and it lies at the western end of the four rivers plain.

Hiking holidays

I feared prejudice at a remote DOC hut because I'm gay. Instead, I found paradise

OPINION: Negotiating the world of outdoor pursuits as a member of the LGBT+ community is intimidating.

West Coast

Franz businesses too worried about surviving Covid to think about long-term conundrums

How long can glacier tourism last with no international tourists - and melting ice?

Road trips

The Kiwi families who've fallen for campervanning during the pandemic

Lisa Boltman used to see touring the country by camper as overpriced and touristy. One eight-day trip around the South Island and she's a convert.


New backcountry hut built in honour of conservationist

An ardent advocate for the environment, the late Andy Dennis now has a home in South Westland, on the Mataketake Range.

West Coast

Ghost towns and shipwrecks: Why every Kiwi should tour the West Coast

When it comes to heritage, the West Coast has plenty of iconic hot spots and hidden gems that await discovery.

Hiking holidays

Get away from the crowds: Five off-the-beaten-track hikes to discover

If you don’t want to worry about the crowds but also experience Aotearoa at its most raw and picturesque, then here are five day-walks and overnight tracks.