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westland: WILDLY NATURAL, WILDLY REMOTE, FIERCELY BEAUTIFUL, FIERCELY INDEPENDENT

ABOVE: TASMAN COAST AT SHIP CREEK, HAAST HIGHWAY, SOUTH WESTLAND region photo HOME AT FIRST

Wild Westland

The remote & rugged wild west coast:
glaciers, rain forest, lakes, lagoons, beaches, and alps.
Hiking, birding, fishing, hunting, & shopping for Maori jade too
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Attractions & ACTIVITIES in WeSTLAND

Attractions North to South in Westland:

THE BULLER GORGE: the rugged earthquake fault canyon entrance to Westland from Nelson offers New Zealand's longest suspension footbridge, jet boating, gold panning, walking, and zip line thrill rides.

THE WILD TASMAN SEA COAST: the cold ocean churns into milky foam by currents and winds: great for surfers and driftwood.

PAPAROA NATIONAL PARK & THE PANCAKE ROCKS: northern Westland's own coastal park with views of the strange Punakaiki (Pancake) Rocks.

The Tasman Sea whipped white by strong currents and winds attracts surfers and delivers driftwood. Photo  Home At First.
The Tasman Sea whipped white by strong
currents and winds attracts surfers
and delivers driftwood.

Photo Home At First

Maori fishhook jewelry from Westland. Photo courtesy Julie Register.
Maori fishhook jewelry
from Westland.

GREENSTONE JADE JEWELRY & CRAFTS: the wild rivers of Westland are a great natural source for Maori greenstone jade available in craft shops up and down the coast.

GLOW WORM FORESTS: giving the whole family a new reason to take an after-dinner walk together.

THE WHITE HERONS OF OKARITO LAGOON: eco-tours by boat or on foot through this singular New Zealand habitat for kotuku great white herons.

WESTLAND NATIONAL PARK FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIERS: two great glaciers fall from between the highest alpine peaks west into the rain forest and almost to the Tasman Sea. See them, fly over them,

 

land on them, hike and climb them (see: FOX GLACIER). Westland National Park is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site.

THE HIGH SOUTHERN ALPS: the great spine of the Southern Alps separates Westland from the rest of the South Island. Helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft offer scenic flights up, over, and on to these snowcapped coastal giants.

HAAST PASS: the highest and most dramatic road crossing of the Southern Alps takes Highway 6 south from Westland to Wanaka, Central Otago, and Queenstown.

JACKSON BAY: the coast road ends at this lonely outpost of far South Westland on a grand natural harbor backed by the peaks of Mt. Aspiring National Park.

Activities in Westland: Hiking, mountaineering, fishing, hunting, shopping for crafts, bird watching, gold panning.

Guided hikers explore Fox Glacier after being dropped off by helicopter. Photo  Home At First.
Guided hikers explore Fox Glacier
after being dropped off by helicopter.

Photo Home At First

 

 

Located mid-way along the Westland region, Home At First's West Coast Homestead makes an ideal intermediate stop between the Nelson and Queenstown regions. More importantly, its central location permits seeing all of the principal attractions of Westland. Photo  Home At First.

Lodgings: Top quality bed and breakfast lodgings, like West Coast Homestead, ideally located for sightseeing, fishing, hunting, hiking, birding, glacier flights, and other authentic Westland activities.

Located about mid-way in the Westland region,
Home At First's West Coast Homestead makes
an ideal intermediate stop between the Nelson
and Queenstown regions. More importantly,
its central location permits seeing all of
the principal attractions of Westland.

Photo Home At First

 

TRAVELING TO AND THROUGH WeSTLAND

Getting to/from Westland: Home At First guests will arrive in Westland by rental car, normally coming south from Nelson or north from Queenstown, a 6-8 hour drive from either of these points.

Getting around Westland: Use of a rental car is essential here. The primary road, Route 6, parallels the Tasman Sea coast and the Southern Alps, is very scenic, and usually lightly traveled.

The torturous Haast Pass, which snakes
steeply up this canyon to cross the
Southern Alps well above tree line, is a
challenging road in the best of weather.
Photo Home At First

The torturous Haast Pass, which snakes steeply up this canyon to cross the Southern Alps well above tree line, is a challenging road in the best of weather. Photo  Home At First.

 

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