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.
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.
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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