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    The Twins Snowfield...
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Hokitika

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76,199,17

Franz Josef Glacier

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129,407,17

Greymouth

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37,86,21

Fox Glacier

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83,368,3

Haast

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26,70,4

Westport

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30,50,8

Punakaiki

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24,91,2

Mount Aspiring National Park

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3,59,0

Haast Pass

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8,22,0

Hokitika

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  • Glass Art

    Hokitika Shopping

    The shop features an area where the art of glass blowing/design is displayed. This is a local craft and beautiful pieces range from souvenir nick nacks to large home design items.I bought a little hand crafted Penguin.Check the link below for a list of items available and their prices. My little penguin cost me ~ $45 NZ

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  • Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki

    Hokitika Hotels

    State Highway 6, 30 km north of Haast, Lake Moeraki, South Island, 7842, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Beautiful works of art

    Hokitika Shopping

    I didn't buy my Pounamu in Hokitika but it was made by a Hokitika carver.There are a few shops in the town but I bought some earrings for my sister from the Mâori Heritage Centre. Nephrite Jade, New Zealand Greenstone or Pounamu - all names for a beautiful stone; mainly shades of green but it also is found in other colours from almost black,...

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Franz Josef Glacier

  • Intercity : Greymouth to Franz Josef

    Franz Josef Glacier Transportation

    If you're travelling around New Zealand and don't have your own wheels, one of the options available to you is Intercity New Zealand.Intercity have a number of ticket options available to you; these include pass options (so that you can keep your itinerary flexible) as well as single/return journey options.If you need to make a firm itinerary to...

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  • Te Waonui Forest Retreat

    Franz Josef Glacier Hotels

    State Highwy 6, Franz Josef, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Service zero

    Franz Josef Glacier Restaurants

    Could not try the food. Waited 15 minutes approached a staff member but was completely ignored. Approached second staff member same thing, walked out feeling disgusted as the restaurant wasn't even busy. Compared to Little India at Nelson was completely the opposite, excellent food and service, highly recommended. Couldn't try any dishes

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Greymouth

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  • Caves, Glow-worms and a zipline flight

    Greymouth Things to Do

    Go to the bright green building next to McDonalds as these guys are really helpful. I did their blackwater rafting trip. We were actually on tubes and not in a raft. Some of us started the trip with a zipline ride. We had to slide off the top of a cliff attached to the flight wire and zoomed down ovwer the rain forest. It was awesome. Then we hoped...

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  • Gables Motor Lodge

    Greymouth Hotels

    Greymouth, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Paparoa National Park

    Greymouth Things to Do

    The Paparoa range is made out of granite and limestone underlies it. It's most know by the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes that are shaped that way by wind and water. The Pancake Rocks look like stacks of pancakes and if the wind and tide are right, water can blow up between them. There's a nice 20 minute walk around there. You can also walk the Truman...

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Fox Glacier

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  • Fox Glacier by helicopter.

    Fox Glacier Things to Do

    This was an amazing experience and something i will never forget.Visited Fox and Franz Josef Glacier by helicopter and landed on Fox Glacier on a perfect evening.The trip lasts about 25 minutes and you get to spend 10 minutes on the snowfield .Cost of trip was 225$ (N.Z). The whole experience felt safe in the hands of Brook our pilot.

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  • The Westhaven

    Fox Glacier Hotels

    The staff was very friendly and helpful! The rooms were big, comfortable, and clean with a good...

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  • Countryside cafe

    Fox Glacier Restaurants

    Decided to take the short drive out to Lake Matheson cafe after a disappointing meal in Fox Glacier town the night before.The cafe is in a country setting with lovely views of the mountains and with the added bonus of a great sunset.The cafe is open for breakfast,lunch and dinner.Found the service and food good,although i wanted the NZ lamb this...

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Haast

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  • Jacksons Bay - The End of the Road

    Haast Off The Beaten Path

    A great half/full day trip to Jacksons Bay will really finish off your West Coast experience. Jacksons Bay is at the end of the Coast Road. There was once a plan to connect the road all the way to Milford Sounds - but Jacksons Bay was as far as they got.You past a few other settlement on the way, and there are a couple of good Nature Reserves to...

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  • Aspiring Court Motel Haast

    Haast Hotels

    Marks Road, Haast, South Westland, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Dangers are relative

    Haast Warnings and Dangers

    OK, other than the sandflies along the beach, there really is nothing to worry about in Haast.The biggest dangers would be running out of cash (no ATM's), getting stuck on the road side (limited phone coverage) and the sandflies along the beach.But other than all of those, you should be perfectly safe, unless you of course try to ride your bike...

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Westport

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  • Espresso and art

    Westport Restaurants

    This small place - a hall, way, two small living rooms - knows about the art of coffee making. And contains art, photo's, gifts, clothing, cards and other useful stuff. When you've been shopping at the New World, or before, get your shot of caffeine here. We also bought some of their marvellous picture cards.

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  • Buller Bridge Motel Westport

    Westport Hotels

    I've stayed here a couple of times and both times it has been an easy job booking and getting myself...

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  • Art deco dining

    Westport Restaurants

    We were pleasantly surprised to find this restaurant - thank you Lonley (its written this way on the business card of the restaurant) Planet - in this small town. They hide themselves in a (restored ?) art deco "town house". Interesting dishes, well prepared, very tasty. Very friendly - and patient - staff.They use local ingredients. We had a white...

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Punakaiki

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Mount Aspiring National Park

Haast Pass

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  • Gates of Haast

    Haast Pass Things to Do

    On the west side of the summit of the Haast Pass is the Gates of Haast where the bridge of the same name crosses the Haast River. There are government plans to replace the single lane bridge with a more modern dual lane structure. Although the span of the bridge is structurally sound, the effect of continued landslides and force of water on its...

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  • Thunder Creek Falls

    Haast Pass Things to Do

    One of New Zealand's most spectacular waterfalls, Thunder Creek Falls are just off the road. Don't miss this--it's easily worth the brief stop.

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  • Blue Pools Walk

    Haast Pass Things to Do

    One attraction along the Haast Pass highway that is definitely worth stopping for is the beautiful Blue Pools Walk. Located where the Blue River flows into the Makarora River, it's accessible by a well-marked trail that takes you over some rope bridges. They're not too steady, but the view is awesome. The water from the glaciers is SO blue, it...

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Top West Coast Hotels

Greymouth Hotels
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Hokitika Hotels
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Franz Josef Glacier Hotels
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Punakaiki Hotels
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Haast Hotels
26 Reviews - 70 Photos
Fox Glacier Hotels
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Westport Hotels
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