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Holidays in West Coast

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Most West Coast hotels offer free cancellation. Consider booking refundable hotels rather than non-refundable ones. Just look for the ‘free cancellation’ message during your hotel search. Prices can vary, but right now we believe that flexibility matters.

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Top hotels in West Coast

Rainforest Retreat
Rainforest Retreat
4 out of 5
46 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$76 per night from 29 Jul. to 29 Jul.
4.3/5Excellent! (752 reviews)
"clean warm tidy unit pets allowed"

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2021

Rainforest Retreat
Punga Grove
Punga Grove
3 out of 5
Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$105 per night from 4 Aug. to 4 Aug.
4.5/5Wonderful! (117 reviews)
"Central location so eating places were a 3min walk as were the Wildlife Centre and the Hot Pools. Lovely patio for coffee outside unit with bush. Warm inside unit. Quiet location. Staff very pleasant, helpful yet unobtrusive."

Reviewed on 23 Apr. 2021

Punga Grove
Scenicland Motels
Scenicland Motels
3 out of 5
108-110 High Street, Greymouth
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$109 per night from 3 Aug. to 3 Aug.
4.7/5Exceptional! (516 reviews)
"Friendliest of staff you could ask for. Excellent rooms."

Reviewed on 20 Jul. 2021

Scenicland Motels
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Top activities in West Coast

West Coast New Zealand

Find wild coastlines and awe-inspiring glaciers in this remote area of New Zealand where the Southern Alps tower over green forests.

Journey through West Coast New Zealand to embrace a forested wilderness. Indulge in a gourmet dining experience by the fire. Walk over the creaking ice of an ancient glacier, cruise down blue-green rivers and soak in hot thermal pools.

Pull on warm clothes and visit the Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier. These spectacular glaciers are located about 23 kilometres (14 miles) apart on the main coastal highway. Walk to them via lush rainforest trails. Get the best views on an exciting helicopter tour through mountains and over sparkling ice.

Luxuriate in the steaming waters of nearby Glacier Hot Pools at Franz Josef town. Relax in the peaceful environment of natural thermal springs while surrounded by delicate forest ferns. Pay entry fees on arrival or book ahead in high season to guarantee entrance.

Stay in the pretty town of Karamea to explore its beautiful natural landscape. Hike part of the famous Heaphy Track for a day or book overnight huts for a 5-day adventure. The track is suitable for families.

Visit the Oparara Valley at the southern border of the incredible Kahurangi National Park, a short drive from Karamea. Here, find the amazing Honeycomb Hill Caves and the limestone Oparara Arch and Moria Gate Arch. See the blowholes of Punakaiki along the coast.

Be amazed by vivid blue-green waters in the Hokitika Gorge located 33 kilometres (20 miles) from the picturesque farming town of Hokitika. The easy entry track has wheelchair access and unforgettable views. Try a whitewater kayak trip near the gorge for an excitement-filled day.

Experience stunning scenery at the Cape Foulwind Seal Colony. Watch entertaining marine mammals playing in rock pools and basking in the sun. Sunsets are particularly spectacular so bring your camera to take amazing photos.

Access West Coast New Zealand most easily by car or bus. It contains some of the country’s best scenic drives. Stop at the excellent accommodation options and restaurants throughout the region while you enjoy the trip of a lifetime.

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