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WESTLAND REGION

SOUTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND

          Want to get away from it all, without sacrificing your favorite creature comforts? Discover the Wild West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island from this superb oasis tucked between the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea.

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Double bedroom with king bed at West Coast Homestead. Every bedroom has French doors leading to the veranda and gardens. Photo © Home At First.
Double bedroom with king bed at West Coast Homestead. Each bedroom has French
doors leading to the veranda and gardens.

THE ACCOMMODATIONS:

          Although timber frame West Coast Homestead was built in 1996 with all the comforts of modern construction, its traditional service and style hearken back to a time when the romance of travel required personal attention, spacious comfort, and elegant pace. The lodge makes great use of rich native wood throughout guest rooms and common space. The upscale bed and breakfast accommodations at West Coast Homestead include three lavish ground-floor bedrooms — one with twin beds, one with a

 

king bed, and one with a super-king bed —

each with its own full bathroom, TV, central

 

heating, and private access to the classic veranda that wraps around the homestead. Common rooms include a large, opulent guest lounge and dining room where guests take breakfast and (optional, but recommended) dinner. In the lush native New Zealand garden that surrounds the lodge, a hot-tub spa is sequestered among ferns and bamboo. The hearty breakfast guarantees that guests get off to a good start each day, and the home-cooked evening meal of fresh, local country cuisine repairs even the fiercest appetites acquired during active days

Double bedroom with super king bed at West Coast Homestead. Photo © Home At First.
Double bedroom with super king
bed at West Coast Homestead

exploring the region. A private lane accesses

 

West Coast Homestead from a secondary road. Private guest parking is immediately adjacent to the lodge.

 

Bathroom with spa tub and shower at West Coast Homestead. Note the garden view. Photo © Home At First.
Bathroom with spa tub and shower at West
Coast Homestead. Note the garden view.

THE SETTING:

          West Coast Homestead is located between Greymouth and Hokitika — two of the three principal towns of Westland about one-third of the way south along this, New Zealand’s remotest region. The lodge occupies a pretty and private garden swath cut out of the native bush. The coastal plain is relatively broad at this point, but Westland remains hemmed in to the north, south, and east by mountain ranges, and to the west by more than 1,000 miles of the Tasman Sea to the next landfall: Australia. The homestead is

 

just a few  minutes from the sea, and, inland

to the east, the hills quickly rise towards the

 

Southern Alps. Mining — especially for gold brought European settlers to the region. Mining for green jade known in New Zealand as “greenstone” also brought Maori natives to the region. The gold has largely played out, but greenstone is still readily found here. The Westland bush is dense and the many rivers and streams are wild: the region is one of the wettest in New Zealand. Agriculture mixed with some light industry employ most “Coasters”, as residents of Westland are known. The climate and isolation combine to make life challenging in

The secluded hot tub spa set among ferns and bamboo in the garden of West Coast Homestead. Photo © Home At First.
The secluded hot tub spa set among ferns and
bamboo in the garden of West Coast Homestead

Westland, and Coasters have a reputation

 

 

as tough, hard-living pioneers. The population

The dining room at West Coast Homestead features a homey elegance enhanced by natural New Zealand woods and country style furnishings. Photo © Home At First.
The dining room at West Coast Homestead
features homey elegance enhanced by natural
New Zealand woods and country furnishings.

of Westland is small, even by New Zealand standards, but the reputation of the hardy Coasters is large. In Westland expect few towns of size, and minimal traffic on the fewroads. There are also few gas stations, restaurants, shops, and services, but West Coast Homestead’s setting between Greymouth and Hokitika means several café/restaurants, shops, and filling stations are within 20 minutes north or 10 minutes south.

 
 

THE LOCATION:

          The West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island may be both remote and wet, but it is one of the country’s magical regions. Parts or all of five national parks (Westland, Aoraki/Mount Cook, Mount Aspiring, Arthur’s Pass, and Paparoa) plus the UNESCO-designated South Westland World Heritage Area are found in Westland. Two rare temperate zone glaciers (Franz Josef and Fox) flow out of the Southern Alps and extend almost to the ocean an about two hours south of the West Coast Homestead.

The spacious lounge at West Coast Homestead invites reading or conversation after a long day of exploration. Photo © Home At First.
The spacious lounge at West Coast Homestead invites reading or conversation after
a long day of exploration.

Two great mountain passes (Arthur’s Pass

 

 

to/from the east and Haast Pass

The foothills of the Southern Alps, Westland, New Zealand. Photo © Home At First.
The foothills of the Southern Alps,
Westland, New Zealand.

to/from the south) plus the scenic Buller Gorge route to/from the north serve as the road access routes in and out of Westland. The West Coast Homestead is approximately halfway between the NELSON region at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island and the Central Otago region (Wanaka and Queenstown) across the Southern Alps to the southwest. It

 

also makes an ideal way stop for

travelers coming west from Christchurch on the famed TranzAlpine scenic train who are picking up a car at Greymouth and driving south through Westland to the glaciers and across the Haast to Wanaka and Queenstown.

 

ACTIVITIES: In addition to touring throughout Westland, guests enjoy fishing the nearby streams, lakes, and surf, walking along the coast, and hiking in the Southern Alps (including glacier hiking), visiting craft shops (especially for greenstone jewelry), and

Wild beach with churning surf — Tasman Sea, Westland, New Zealand. Photo © Home At First.
Wild beach with churning surf — Tasman Sea, Westland, New Zealand

exploring local villages and

 

ghost towns to experience the region’s mining past.

 

The hosts at West Coast Homestead, Hëmi and Pauline, provide a warm, traditional welcome to Westland, New Zealand's wild western frontier. Photo © Home At First.
The hosts at West Coast Homestead,
Hëmi and Pauline, provide a warm,
traditional welcome to Westland,
New Zealand's western frontier.

THE HOSTS:

          As with all Home At First New Zealand lodgings, the hosts (a married couple) at the West Coast Homestead take an active interest in their guests and are especially keen on sharing their knowledge of Westland. Because one host is a local Coaster and the other is a native New Zealander who has resided in Westland for many years, both hosts have great regional knowledge that includes Maori stories, history, and legends. The hosts offer an after-dinner hour of cultural story telling as an optional activity for guests.

 

 

THE OFFER:

          West Coast Homestead offers a peaceful, central base from which to explore Westland, as well as a convenient way station for travelers exploring the South Island of New Zealand. Spacious, upscale lodging with a sumptuous breakfast and the option of authentic country home dining make a stay at the West Coast Homestead an ideal addition to any South Island travel program. With a broad selection of touring options and outdoor activities close at hand, adding a stay at the West Coast Homestead to your independent, flexible, fly/drive HOME AT FIRST trip makes it

Interested in classic cars? Hëmi restores antique Morris 8 autos halfway around the world from Oxford, England, where they were originally manufactured in the 1930s. Photo © Home At First.
Interested in classic cars? Hemi restores
antique Morris 8 autos halfway around the
world from Oxford, England, where they
 were originally manufactured in the 1930s.

possible to experience the New Zealand of

 

your travel dreams.

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