The West Coast of New Zealand is wild place with a fascinating and colourful heritage. Rugged landscapes and pristine wilderness have been the locations for exciting stories of times gone by, when brave pioneers flocked to the region to make their fortunes and rugged adventurers seized the opportunity to strike it rich. We’ve put together a brief history of some famous West Coast settlements – how they came about and what makes them tick, from gold and coal to glass, greenstone and wild venison recovery.

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moatrek

A wild region of extreme diversity and natural treasures, the South Island’s West Coast is home to ancient glaciers, gold mining heritage and spectacular blowholes. The geographic isolation and friendly, down-to-earth locals only add to the region’s charms.

Author
moatrek