West Coast New Zealand

A selection of highlights on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, a popular travel destination.

An area of outstanding and rugged beauty, the West Coast of New Zealand seems semi detached from the rest of the South Island.

A combination of culture and landscape contribute to the lifestyle on the West Coast. Inhabitants are called "Coasters" and are portrayed as a rugged bunch. The land where they live is perched on a relatively narrow stretch of land running between the alps and the pounding waters of the Tasman Sea. Perhaps "The Coasters" acquired their nickname because of the rugged land and seascape they live in.

A delicacy that is not to be missed, and one which is offered by most cafes and restaurants during the season, are white bait patties. Caught fresh each day from one of the many pristine West Coast rivers.

Just a few of the sights besides the beautiful rugged coast and Alps which should be included during a vacation on the West Coast of New Zealand are: Punakaiki (Pancake) Rocks, Jade shops in Hokitika, Franz and Fox Glaciers, Lake Matheson, and the many short hiking trails.

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A sample of some coastal ocean plants found on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand
They have to be tough ocean plants to dwell on the west coast in the South Island of New Zealand....
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An outstanding destination for a family vacation, the rugged West Coast of New Zealand offers many sights and activities including the world famous Punakaiki Pancake Rocks.
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Photo of the Pancake Rocks located in the Paparoa National Park on the South Island of New Zealand
Photo of the Pancake Rocks in the Paparoa National Park. Such a stunning place to visit, the...
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Stock photo of a New Zealand Fern, with a unfurling frond known as a koru.
Stock photo of a New Zealand Fern, found in the South Island. There are as many as 190 native New...
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Photo of Paparoa National Park home to the famous Pancake Rocks on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island
Photo of the Pancake Rocks in Paparoa National Park. At only 30,000 hectares, Paparoa National Park...
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New Zealand Mountain Photos in Westland National Park featuring the highest Mountain in New Zealand, Mount Cook.
Mountain Photos taken of Mount Cook in New Zealand. Mount Cook or Aoraki is the highest mountain in...
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New Zealand Tourism Information found at the Franz Josef Glacier on New Zealands South Island
New Zealand Tourism Information. The National Parks of New Zealand are extremely well set up and...
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The beautiful coastal landscapes of the the West Coast at Monro Beach in the South Island of New Zealand.
There are so many beautiful beach landscapes in New Zealand. The west coast of New Zealand has some...
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New Zealand, South Island, West Coast, close to Karamea, Oparara Basin, Kahurangi National Park,...
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The Kohaihi River flows towards the sea passing through the Kahurangi National Park and these sandy and rocky shores in the South Island of New Zealand.
At the start of the Heaphy Track in the Kahurangi National Park. Translated from Maori to English...
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Lake Matheson is a beautiful West Coast lake situated in the South Island of New Zealand near Fox Glacier.
The Westland National Park is a stunning area set in the South Island of New...
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New Zealand, South Island, Westland National Park, Summer, Mount Cook
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New Zealand, South Island, Westland National Park, Summer, Franz Josef Glacier
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... the West Coast from Christchurch is by the Tranz Alpine Train, dubbed as one of the top six train journeys in the world. The journey passes through the Canterbury Plains, and contrasting Southern Alps before reaching the rugged West Coast in Greymouth.






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