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

Major Centres: 



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.

Garth Wilson Jade offers a tour through the workshop so the visitor can see how the pounamu is worked and learn about the history of the pounamu here on the West Coast from a direct descendant of the original pounamu traders.  Handle pounamu stones collected from different areas here on the West Coast, learn the history, the meaning of the shapes and, if desired, purchase an authentic piece of handcrafted pounamu.

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.

Hokitika Scenic Tours

+64 210 232 5363

I pick up and drop off anywhere within Hokitika area to suit customer or other areas by arrangement.

Hokitika Scenic Tours welcomes you to the West Coast, South Island of New Zealand. We invite you to discover our local scenic treasures where time stands still in all its natural glory, giving you the opportunity to view the magnificent scenery and attractions that lie between the Tasman Sea and Southern Alps.

We offer a personal, safe, friendly and informative transport service to make your stay and visit here memorable.
If you would like to book a Scenic Tour or create your very own Personal Tour please contact us. All tours depart daily on request.

Pick up and drop off within Hokitika included at a time to suit you.

Te Koha Jade Carving

+64 3 7520 279 and +64 27 205 4640

~Carve your own unique piece of New Zealand~

Kia ora!

Immerse yourself in a hands-on, authentic, cultural experience and take home your own special piece of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Rain, hail or shine, Mike and Jan Goodall will show you the craftsmanship that goes into producing a taonga/treasure made from NZ's most prized stone - the pounamu. 

Classes are held at a studio located on their West Coast Farm - you can't get more authentic than that! Cost is $75 per person and a courtesy van is available.

Full tuition is provided and anyone can do it.  Take home that one off piece that you will always treasure.

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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