Westport Travel Guide

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Westport Things to Do

  • On the road up the west coast

    The section of State Highway 6 that goes between Greymouth and Westport passes some spectacular scenery. You have the Tasman Sea on your left and temperate rainforest on your right on a winding road - you turn a corner and WOW! you have to stop and take a photo - well I do!

  • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

    The 'Pancake Rocks and Blowhole' is a very popular tourist spot just south of the township of Punakaiki. The 'Pancake Rocks' isan area of limestone which has been eroded by the sea resulting in what seems to be pancake layering of the rock. At high tide a number of blowholes display their waterspouts. There are a selection of walkways throught the...


    Located south of Westport & Charleston, are the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes that were formed under the sea 30 million years ago, and have now weathered into extraordinary shapes by wind and waves.The blowholes are the result of massive undermining of these weird structures by wave action. High seas surge into caverns, causing enough pressure to...

  • Cape Foulwind

    Cape Foulwind is located near Westport. At the Cape, there is a good track to viewing platforms so that you can see the Seals and the rugged coastline. The Seals here, are New Zealand Fur Seals. They give birth in late November. A week or so later, the males arrive at the colony, looking for a mate. The males remain ashore, and do not feed for up...

  • Coalmining

    There's a small museum called Coaltown, which outlines the history of coalmining in the area. It's worth an hour or so to look around.

  • Carter's Beach

    This beach is very safe swimming with a fairly flat surf and the water stays shallow for quite a way out. The sand is a black and sticky type so you will get a bit dirty if you don't watch it. It's a great place for the kids (of all ages) to make sand castles.

  • Horse Trekking

    This is fun and can be enjoyed by the whole whanau (family). A trekking place is located out of Westport on the road that you turn off to go to Reefton. It's a good area with many streams and flat areas so you can really experience what it would have been like for people moving about in the gold rush days.

  • Go to the Speedway

    This is a great option for those petrolheads out there. Noice, grease and speed!! The track is just out of Westport at Wishart Raceway, North Beach. Check out upcoming dates at a local garage (they will probably know when the next meet is).

  • Seal Colony

    Tauranga Bay at the end of Cape Foulwind has its very own Seal Colony. The place smells a bit odd but has a great number of Seals cavorting around the rocks below you. The bay itself is nice for a dip in the sea (Tasman Sea) and it goes on around to the Orari River which is known for its Whitebait.


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Westport Restaurants

  • Espresso and art

    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.

  • Art deco dining

    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...

  • Great value

    Carvery - 'A carvery is a restaurant where cooked meat is freshly sliced to order for customers' - Wikipedia. This concept is common in Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Often to be found in Pubs.Basically it is the great roast dinner - meats are usually roast beef, pork. lamb and chicken served with roast potato, pumpkin/sweetpotato...


Westport Nightlife

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    Westport has several pubs down Palmerston St, its main street. The Black and White, Cosmopolitan, Larsens, Melbourne and Criterion come to mind as a couple of the old style places. Newer places as the Denniston Dog Saloon (including large TV for viewing those important sports events; gee honey - we'll just watch the first half....) are the alternative. You are also guaranteed to be well looked after at the Buller Workingmens Club. Not too far out of Westport is the Pig and Whistle who also offer very cheap room rates. Out Carter's Beach way there is the lovely Star Tavern on Cape Foulwind Rd - across the road from the Cement works.

    Dress Code: Normally tidy dress is fine. Tee shirt & Jeans are normally

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Westport Transportation

  • Travelling from Nelson

    The road from Nelson to the coast is very scenic and takes you down the Moutere Valley, through Murchison, Inangahua (Moari for plenty of Whitebait) and the lower Buller gorge. Murchison is a good place for a rest stop and is a small town surrounded by hills. There's also a nice golf course here but no time for that.

  • Travelling from Christchurch

    The road from Christchurch to Westport is quite a nice one to take and you have two main options. You either go north from Christchurch then go west via Lewis Pass and Reefton or go west from Christchurch via Arthurs Pass and via Greymouth up to Westport. The Lewis Pass route is probably a bit quicker and has a couple of nice stops in Maruia...

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Westport What to Pack

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Many of the places to go to on the Coast require a good pair of shoes so make sure you have a comfortable pair with you. During Summer the weather pattern of the South Island has a North Westerly flow that drops rain on the west and gives the east side of the Alps a warm dry wind. Make sure you have a shower proof jacket with you or better still just have an umbrella handy as it should still be fairly warm. Shorts should be the call for Summer.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring insect repellent with you. Sand Flies are not too bad in general but with the sub-tropical climate they are in large population around rivers and the sea.

    Photo Equipment: With many spectacular views around here make sure you have a good telephoto option on your camera.

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Westport Off The Beaten Path


    Blink, and you will miss it, this is the modern day Charleston. Charleston, and in 1866, 1200 people called it home. 1869, and the town had a population of 18,000 people. The main street had 80 HOTELS, 2 concert halls, and 3 Breweries. Every store in town held a wholesale licence to sell "fermented and spirituous liquors in quantities of not less...


    Still continuing our journey in Buller Gorge, we came to the surprising Maruia Falls near Murchison.The falls are not high, only a 10m drop, but they are long and impressive as the water was rushing over them.These falls were created by a large earthquake in 1929 which redirected the river over the edge of one of its old channels. Initially there...


    One of the sights on the Buller Gorge road trip, is the amazing "Hawks Crag>' It is where the road has been cut into a cliff that drops into the Buller River. In 1955, two elderly prospectors, Frederick Cassin and Charles Jacobsen, made the first discovery of uranium on the roadside, about a kilometre downstream. It is narrow, one land road, and...


Westport Sports & Outdoors

  • Buller Marathon

    The Buller Marathon is run in February each year. It starts at Hawks Crag, in the Buller Gorge, with the route going to the old Berlins Hotel before turning and going to Westport wiht its finish at Victoria Sq. If you are not up to the full, a half marathon option is available. It starts near the Ohika-iti River Bridge and also finishes at Victoria...

  • Carters Beach Golf Course

    The Westport golf club is located at Carters Beach, approx 6km from Westport. A very nice and very green course located between the sea and the Airport. The trees on the course are all old and large making the course seem smaller than it really is. You will need to bring your own clubs though contacting ahead may help located some equipment if...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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