The stretch of land comprising Greymouth, Punakaiki, and Westport, situated along the West Coast of South Island, is a treasure trove of natural resources. Explore the diverse geographical features of this region, from snow-capped mountains to rainforests and from beaches to rivers to limestone formations. Visit the Paparua National Park near Punakaiki and the famous pancake rocks with winding walkways and “blowholes”. Greymouth is the largest town on the West Coast with spellbinding views of the Southern Alps. Visit Monteith’s Brewery here, one of New Zealand’s oldest, and Shantytown, a recreated 1900s gold mining town. Among places of interest at Westport are the coal museum, Hawk’s Crag canyon and cliff and Lake Rochfort.
Recommended New Zealand Tours
Places: Auckland (2 days) → Rotorua (2) → Napier (2) → Wellington (2) → Blenheim (1) → Abel Tasman National Park (2) → Kaikoura (1) → Christchurch (1) → Mount Cook (2) → Wanaka (1) → Te Anau (2) → Queenstown (2) → Te Anau (2)
Tour Highlights: Volcanic Peaks & Black Sand Beaches, Maori Culture, Food & Wine, Wellness & Relaxation, Adventure...
Located on the edge of the Paparoa National Park, Hydrangea Cottages in Punakaiki offers a comfortable stay in one of the most scenic parts of South Island. Perched atop a rock terrace, the cottages command open vistas of the Tasman Sea as well as the majestic Pancake rocks.
Punakaiki Resort is an elegant resort situated in Paparoa National Park and a two-minute walk from Punakaiki beach. Rest in comfortable rooms with contemporary decor and well-equipped with all modern amenities.