West Coast

New Zealand South Island Travel Insider Guide

Welcome to
the West Coast New Zealand

We know you will love it as much as we do!

A haven for epic coastal and mountain panoramas, rugged landscapes, pristine rainforests, and abundant wildlife, the West Coast, New Zealand, is the ultimate destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

Start your adventure now, where untamed beauty and unique experiences beckon. Click below to explore the West Coast’s remarkable charm and uncover the hidden gems, the quirky towns, the must-dos and the best places to visit in the West Coast region of the South Island.

NEW ZEALAND SOUTH ISLAND travel insider Guide
Discover the top West Coast towns & places to visit.

Not sure where to start your West Coast trip?

In the past two decades, we’ve travelled and explored all over the West Coast. Check out some of our highlights & the best attractions on the West Coast New Zealand.

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Monteith's Brewey beer tasting tray
West Coast | Things to do

Monteith’s Brewery Greymouth West Coast Review

For the past few years, we’ve been continually drawn to the unique pub experience at Monteith’s Brewery Greymouth in the West Coast region of the South Island. The one thing that has always impressed us is their delicious brewed beer and high-quality food. Recently, we ranked Monteith’s Brewery NZ as one of the Top 5…

View of Fox Glacier, mountains and river bed of rock in foreground.
West Coast | Things to do

Fox Glacier South Side Walkway Ultimate Guide

Are you an adventure seeker looking for a serene and rewarding experience amidst stunning natural surroundings? If so, the Fox Glacier South Side Walkway, located in the small village of Fox Glacier in New Zealand’s South Island, might be what you’re looking for. The walk offers an opportunity to feast your eyes on one of…

Fox Glacier, New Zealand view through the lush bush surroundings.
West Coast | Places to visit

Cool Things to Do in Fox Glacier, New Zealand

Fox Glacier is a tiny village in the South Island’s West Coast region. It boasts an accessible and stunning glacier of the same name but is often overshadowed by the nearby Franz Josef Glacier. However, Fox Glacier activities are diverse and thrilling, and whether you want to explore the glacier, go hiking, or relax in…

Cool things to do in Ross, New Zealand include taking a selfie in this huge brown photo frame with a lake and bush background.
West Coast | Places to visit

Things to do in Ross, New Zealand

Ross, New Zealand, is one of those towns you’ve probably never heard of and never intended to visit. Yet, the charming small town is steeped in history and gives you a glimpse of the past while immersing you in the natural wonders of the West Coast. That’s the fantastic thing about road-tripping on the West…

Car in front of the entry to Punakaiki Cavern which is surrounded by tall limetsone cliffs and lush bush
Things to do | West Coast

Punakaiki Cavern: Everything to Know Before Visiting

Welcome to the hidden gem of Punakaiki. Tucked away amidst the rugged coastline and lush rainforests of the West Coast, Punakaiki Cavern beckons those adventurers in the know. This West Coast cave is a cool limestone cave you can visit alone. Please keep reading; we will give you the rundown of everything you need to…

View of outdoor seating overlooking the ocean at one of the best Punakaiki restaurants.
West Coast | Things to do

Punakaiki Restaurants: Places to Eat Near Pancake Rocks

If you’re looking for recommendations on where to eat in Punakaiki, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve personally dined at all the Punakaiki restaurants and cafes and are happy to share our favourites with you. Keep reading for a rundown on Punakaiki places to eat and what you can expect at each one. This…

Every day is an exciting day when you’re in South Island, New Zealand

Don’t just dream about your perfect adventure in New Zealand’s South Island! Start planning with our helpful guides on getting to the South Island, transport options and self-drive New Zealand South Island tours. Plus, discover what New Zealand is known for and start creating your NZ Must-Do bucket list today!