Situated on New Zealand
’s South Island
, Westport is in the West Coast
Region. The town has a strong mining heritage, with both gold and coal mined here over the years. The town has a sleepy feel, but don’t let this fool you – there are lots of things to do and see in the area, and visitors are sure to have lots of fun. Outdoor activities, historical attractions, and wildlife all add to the area’s diversity. We have a great choice of Westport accommodation to make your stay a pleasant one.
Things to do
Visit the lovely Buller Gorge where you can enjoy jet boating, rafting, and kayaking, or head underground for some caving and mine exploration. Take a stroll along the pretty coast and enjoy some scenic hiking and bird watching in the forests. Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy watching the seal colony at nearby Cape Foulwind, and you may also spot whales and dolphins in the waters. Fishing, horse riding, and mountain biking are other activities available in the area. Nice beaches are within easy reach, and the mild climate makes them accessible for greater parts of the year.
To learn more about Westport’s mining heritage, stop by the Coaltown Museum where you can see what life in the mines was really like as well as machinery, tools, and other exhibits. It also shows how the town has developed over the years. There are some traditional coal towns in the area too that are well worth a visit. Another popular local attraction is the Oparara Basin Arches. Art lovers can get their fill at the workshops and galleries. There is a good selection of shopping spots as well as a great array of places to eat and drink.
Try and spot gold in the streams as you can combine activities and relaxation in this pretty part of the country. Whether you are looking for flights to Christchurch
or flights to Wellington
we have a good selection from various departure points. We also have terrific Westport hotels at superb prices, so wot are you waiting for?