Nature Cruise on Okarito Lagoon, Southern Alps in background

West Coast Travel Guide - Common Questions & Answers

Here's a handy travel guide to the West Coast of the South Island, answering common questions like what's the best time to go, what are the best walks and activities, what's the weather like and where should I stay?

The West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island is a remote wilderness of seemingly untouched natural beauty. Famed for its stunning glaciers, wild coastline and lush native forest, the West Coast is also home to a rich and rugged history as well as a friendly - albeit a little quirky – local population. Covering an approximate 500km stretch of winding roads and tiny townships, the West Coast can be something of a conundrum to visitors with limited time. So we’ve put together your go-to guide for travelling the West Coast, covering all the key questions about where to visit, what to do, what to expect and what not to miss.

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