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       Westland is rich in history and scenic beauty. Before European settlement, this coastal strip was a dense rainforest extending from mountains to the sea.

Its natural wonders include blowholes and Pancake Rock formations in the north and forest fringed glaciers in the south. Rivers and lakes abound.

Visitors can see the processing of crafted articles from pounamu New Zealand Greenstone (jade) gold, wood shells, stone and other local resources.

Daily fleets of road tankers ply the west coast taking milk to an expanding factory in Hokitika.

    Canterbury.  From Blenheim to Christchurch, road and rail transport follow the coastline for much of the journey.

On either side of Kaikoura the coastal scenery is spectacular. From Nelson an alternative route crosses the Lewis Pass though stunning mountains scenery to join the coastal highway at Waipara.

Two popular attractions of this region are – whale watching at Kaikoura and bathing in the hot pools at the mountain village of Hamner Springs. 

is the largest city in the South Island with nearly 300,000 people in the metropolitan area.
Christchurch experienced a sequence of large earthquakes during 2010 and 2011. The most damaging of these occurred on 22 February 2011.
Most of the damaged buildings in Christchurch and Lyttelton have either been removed or made safe and the city has commenced a significant rebuild process.
While seismic activity is declining, aftershocks in this sequence of earthquakes are expected to continue for several years, decreasing in intensity and frequency over time.

Experience Antarctica by visiting the International Antarctic centre; and discover the plains of Africa at Orana park.

Travel inland in the world famous Trans Alpine Railway through spectacular mountain scenery, via Arthurs Pass to Westland’s rain forest.


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