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Marlborough, Nelson Tasman & West Coast

63 STORES SOUTH ISLAND WIDE 2


Marlborough, Nelson Tasman & West Coast Kayaking Abel Tasman © AbelTasman.com BELOW: Fur seal, West Coast © Staci Offwood

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Welcome to MARLBOROUGH, NELSON TASMAN & WEST COAST

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magnet for naturelovers, adventureseekers and those in need of some rest and relaxation, the Upper South Island and West Coast regions are also loved by those who appreciate fine wine, an innovative culinary scene and a wide array of cultural attractions. From Marlborough, Nelson Tasman and all the way down the West Coast, this guide provides vital information on activities and attractions, as well as a raft of accommodation options to suit your style and your budget. Check out the things to see and do, view the maps and get ready to experience the very best these awesome regions have to offer.

CONTENTS 5 MARLBOROUGH / NELSON TASMAN REGIONAL MAP

18 NELSON TASMAN & GOLDEN BAY

36 Reefton • Springs Junction

20 Nelson City

37  CENTRAL WEST COAST

6 VISITOR INFORMATION

23 Abel Tasman National Park

37 Greymouth

7 WEST COAST REGIONAL MAP

27 Kaiteriteri

10 MARLBOROUGH 12 Marlborough Sounds 12 Havelock 14 Picton 15 Blenheim

27 Golden Bay 29 Collingwood • Nelson Lakes 30 Murchison 32 WEST COAST 34 BULLER DISTRICT 34 Little Wanganui

17 Spring Creek

34 Westport

17 Kēkerengū

35 Punakāiki

41 Lake Brunner 41 Arthur’s Pass 42 Hokitika 48 Whataroa 48 GLACIER COUNTRY 48 Franz Josef Glacier 52 Fox Glacier 53 Lake Matheson 53 Paringa 54 Haast

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5 WAYS TO MAKE THE MOST OF

Marlborough, Nelson Tasman & the West Coast

Te Pukatea Campsite, Abel Tasman © AbelTasman.com

DON’T STOP UNTIL YOU’VE SQUEEZED OUT EVERY LAST DROP OF MARLBOROUGH, NELSON TASMAN AND THE WEST COAST’S BEST BITS

A ROOM WITH A VIEW Peel back the door of your tent and admire million dollar morning views. Abel Tasman National Park is peppered with campsites fronting its many golden beaches and there is simply no better place to wake up. Days can be spent on the water: kayaking, sailing, swimming, and with the Tonga Island Marine Reserve in the heart of the park, scuba diving too. The next day, wake up to a new view, by a different beach, for another day of perfection. LEFT: Exploring Franz Josef Glacier © Petr Hlavacek INSET: Marlborough Sounds © Destination Marlborough

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CABLE BAY ADVENTURE PARK Get ready to burn energy at Cable Bay Adventure Park. Home to the world’s longest flying fox, Skywire, you can fly over the forest, or through it as part of a guided quad bike tour. Budding SWAT wannabes can try their hand at paintball, or pick up a bow and arrow in Archery Park. Go mountain biking, or e-biking if you need extra whoosh in your wheels, or choose four hooves and join a horse trek. Pet the animals, feed the eels, or jump aboard an amphibious eightwheeled vehicle called Argo. If your idea of fun involves something with a caffeine kick, there’s also a fully licensed café on site.

BUCKET-LIST HELICOPTER TOURS Soar over the Franz Josef or Fox glaciers and stare into the icy blue creases and blinding-white mountains. Snow landings are what dreams are made of, and there’s nothing quite as satisfying as being the first boot to break untouched snow. Scenic helicopter tours cover every startling landscape, from Greymouth to Hokitika and both glaciers, gliding over lakes, beaches and rainforest. These are pinch yourself moments you’ll reminisce about long after landing. FISH, CHIPS & SUNSETS The lucky residents of Picton must feel like they’re on a perennial holiday, such is the vibe here. The clean and immaculate Picton Foreshore is the town’s showpiece, complete with a paved boulevard, a sandy beach, lawn, playground and a line of sun-drenched palms. Come here late afternoon for the last dip of the day, then grab a bag of fresh fish and chips and watch the sun set over the Marlborough Sounds.

GRAB A BAG OF FRESH FISH AND CHIPS AND WATCH THE SUN SET OVER THE MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS. BEHIND THE SCENES AT BULLER GORGE We say Buller Gorge and you think of New Zealand’s longest swing bridge. Although not wrong, it’s easy to get blindsided by this 110m crowd pleaser and forgo other highlights in the area. Walks explore all sorts of fascinations, including the famous White Creek fault line where the ground instantly rose 4.5 metres after an earthquake. Ranging between 15 minutes and one hour, meander through the forest, discover native wildlife and watch daring kayakers take on the precarious falls of the Buller River.


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MARLBOROUGH / NELSON TASMAN: REGIONAL MAP

Va ll e y

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Motueka

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Oparara Karamea

Dovedale Little Wanganui

Tapawera

Kohatu

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Marlborough

Tophouse

Saint Arnaud

Blenheim

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Lake Grassmere/ Kapara Te Hau Cape Campbell

Lake Grassmere Ward

Lake Rotoiti

Rainbow Ski Field

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VICTORIA FOREST PARK

Regional Boundary Lines

MAP REFERENCE AA Centre SH 1-9

Sealed

Unsealed

SH 10-99

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Lewis Pass 7

Major Roads

Lewis Pass

Whale Watching

Railway

Eat crayfish in Kaikoura

State Highway Shield

Kaikoura

LAKE SUMNER FOREST PARK

SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN

Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs

HANMER FOREST PARK 7A

1

HIKURANGI MARINE RESERVE

7

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Must-Do’s i-SITE Visitor Centre DOC Information/ Visitor Centre

Domestic Airport Dive

LAKE SUMNER FOREST PARK

Waiau 7

Culverden

The Classic NZ Wine Trail NZ Cycle Trail Te Araroa Trail

Golf Lighthouse Skiing Tramping

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VISITOR INFO

AA CENTRES

Useful information and valuable tips to help you on your travels around New Zealand. BANKING / TRAVELLERS’ CHEQUES Banks open Monday-Friday (except public holidays), 9.30am-4.30pm and Saturdays and Sundays in some shopping malls. Automatic Teller Machines operate on a card/PIN number system. Use of EFTPOS (Electronic Funds Transfer at Point of Sale) is common.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

BUSINESS HOURS Offices and businesses operate MondayFriday, 8.30am-5pm; some tourist agencies and airlines have longer hours. Petrol (gas) stations often open 24 hours, stocking food and newspapers. Shops are usually open 9am to 5.30pm Monday-Friday. Supermarkets, grocery stores, some large retail chains, shopping malls and markets also operate Saturdays and Sundays.

International directory assistance................................................0172

Emergency services FREE CALL.................................................. 111 Local operator.......................................... 010 International operator.........................0170 NZ directory assistance......................... 018

National direct dialling full area code (with the 0 prefix) and local number. International direct dialling 00 followed by country code, area code & local number.

BLENHEIM 23 Maxwell Rd Ph: +64 3 578 3399

NELSON 45 Halifax St Ph: +64 3 548 8339

i-SITE VISITOR CENTRES BLENHEIM 8 Sinclair St www.marlboroughnz.com

GREYMOUTH 164 Mackay St www.westcoasttravel.co.nz

PICTON The Foreshore www.marlboroughnz.com

HOKITIKA 36 Weld St www.hokitika.org

MOTUEKA 20 Wallace St www.motuekaisite.co.nz

REEFTON 67-69 Broadway www.reefton.co.nz

NELSON Millers Acre Centre 77 Trafalgar St www.nelsonNZ.com

WESTPORT Coaltown Museum, 123 Palmerston St www.westport.nz

FRANZ JOSEF 63 Cron St www.glaciercountry.co.nz

Look for the mark of Quality Qualmark is New Zealand Tourism’s official mark of quality. When a business displays a Qualmark rating, you can be sure that the business has been independently assessed and has met strict quality standards. The Sustainable Tourism Business Awards (Gold, Silver or Bronze) also gives a guide to travellers to recognise the business’s performance against the Sustainable Tourism Business criterion.

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Marlborough, Nelson Tasman & West Coast

Motueka MAP REFERENCE

KAHURANGI MARINE RESERVE

AA Centre Motorway

Sealed

SH 1-9

Unsealed

Oparara Basin

State Highway Shield

Little Wanganui

50km

1

Must-Do’s DOC Information/ Visitor Centre

Buller Gorge

67

Bu ll e r

Westport

Domestic Airport Golf

67A

Cape Foulwind

Lighthouse Tramping

6

Charleston

Pancake Rocks & Blowholes Punakaiki

Central West Coast

NZ Cycle Trail Te Araroa Trail

Barrytown Rapahoe Dunollie

FOREST PARK

Regional Boundary Lines

Kumara Beach

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Arthur’s Pass 73

L Kaniere

CHRISTCHURCH

Lake Coleridge

Pukekura

Lake Heron

Okarito Lagoon

77

Southern Lights

Ashburton

The Hermitage

Mount Cook

Lake Tekapo

Church of the Good Shepherd

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Pleasant Point Timaru

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Lake Hawea Rob Roy Glacier Track

SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN

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Omarama Lake Hawea

Geraldine

Twizel 8

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Lake Ohau

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HAUTAI MARINE RES

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National Park WESTLAND/ TAI POUTINI Aoraki/Mount Cook Lake NATIONAL 3754 Tekapo PARK Aoraki/

Lake Wanaka

Akaroa

Methven

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Lake Pukaki

MOUNT ASPIRING NATIONAL PARK

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77

Lake Paringa

Jackson Bay

Kaiapoi

Whataroa

State Highway 6

Lake Moeraki

Rangiora

World Christchurch’s Buskers Festival Street Art

Harihari

Fox Glacier

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Amberley

TranzAlpine

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Bruce Bay

Culverden

Waiau Cheviot

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Westland Glacier Okarito Lagoon Country Okarito The Lake Matheson Walk

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Hokitika Gorge

Ross

WAIAU GLACIER COAST MARINE RESERVE

Jacksons Otira

Kokatahi

6

7A

ARTHUR’S PASS NATIONAL PARK

L Brunner (Moana) 73

1

Lake Sumner

Paroa Moana

Hokitika

Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs

Springs Junction

Haupiri

Bell Hill

Kaikoura

Lake Tennyson

Maruia

Totara Flat

Brunner

Kumara Junction Kumara

TASMAN SEA

7

7

Nelson Lakes National Park

65

Reefton

Greymouth South Beach

NELSON LAKES NATIONAL PARK

69 VICTORIA

Ahaura

6

Murchison

Carters Beach

Punakaiki

PUNAKAIKI MARINE RESERVE

Marlborough Food & Wine Festival

Saint Arnaud

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Blenheim

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Buller District

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MOUNT RICHMOND FOREST PARK

SH 10-99 0

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Karamea

Major Roads Railway

6

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Oparara

Nelson Market

Oamaru

Wanaka 8A

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Moeraki Boulders

Fleur’s Place

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SOUTH ISLAND MAP

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Golden Bay

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Okiwi Bay Hira

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Mapua

Karamea Bight

Rai Valley

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Richmond

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Bainham

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Lake Ohau Alpine Village

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Roxburgh

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Lake Onslow

Middlemarch

Balfour

Waikouaiti Karitane

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Milton

Mataura

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Lake Poteriteri

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Lawrence

Mandeville

Port Chalmers

Waitati

Lake Mahinerangi

Riversdale 94

Moeraki

Palmerston

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Millers Flat

Mosgiel 6

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Becks Oturehua

Cromwell

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North Mavora Lake

Waimate 82

Lake Dunstan

Frankton

Queenstown

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Lake Waitaki

St Bathans

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Canterbury Bight

Timaru

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8A Snow Farm NZ

Banks Peninsula

St Andrews

Kurow

Cardrona Alpine Resort

Akaroa

Ashburton River/ Hakatere

Washdyke

Otematata

Lindis Pass

Lake Hawea

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Little River Birdlings Flat

Temuka

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Lake Aviemore

83

CHRISTCHURCH

Sumner Lyttelton Governors Bay 75

Southbridge

Bay

Rakaia River

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Pleasant Point

Twizel

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Rakaia

Pegasus

Waimakariri River

New Brighton Beach

Winchester

Omarama

Lake McKerrow/ Whakatipu Waitai

Homer Tunnel

Belfast

Templeton Hororata Rolleston Burnham Tai Tapu Dunsandel

77

Geraldine

Burkes Fairlie Pass

Lake Benmore

Wanaka

Kaiapoi

Waikuku Beach Pegasus Woodend

Lake Opuha 8

Lake Ruataniwha

Lake Ohau

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Lake Pukaki Ohau Snow Field

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Lake Alabaster/ Wawahi Waka

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Ashburton

Mt Dobson Ski Field

Lake Tekapo

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Mt Brewster . 2423

Leithfield Beach

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Lake Tekapo

Haast Pass/ Tioripatea

Lake Wilmot

Methven 72

72

Sheffield

77

Mount Somers

Lake Camp

Lake Paringa

Lake Moeraki

Haast

Mt Aspiring / Tititea . 3033

Springfield

Glentunnel

Hurunui River

Amberley

Rangiora

Oxford

Mount Cook

Knights Point

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Big Bay

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Lake Clearwater

Mt Tasman 3498 . 3754 . Aoraki / Mt Cook Aoraki/

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MARLBOROUGH – BRILLIANT EVERY DAY

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SCORING ITSELF ONE-FIFTH OF NEW ZEALAND’S ENTIRE COASTLINE, MARLBOROUGH HAS ALWAYS HAD A STRONG AFFINITY WITH THE WATER. The Sounds themselves are a collection of sunken river valleys that succumbed to raising sea levels over 10,000 years ago. The pull of what lies beneath this vast expanse of water has always compelled humans, and the opportunities to explore the region both above and below its surface are endless. Hiring a kayak, bike or even a yacht will put you in an attractive position to experience the magic of Marlborough’s marine life and vineyard trails, while a dive below presents an entirely different perspective. From the wreck of the world-famous Mikhail Lermontov ocean liner, to rocky reefs shaped over centuries, this underwater

odyssey brings the past to the very tip of your nose. Queen Charlotte Track offers a dazzling 70km journey by foot or by bike. Pest-free islands such as Motuara, Long, Blumine and Allports all teem with bird life, and the mussels plucked straight from the ocean arrive hot, steaming and fragrant on your plate. Tour distinguished vineyards on the Marlborough Wine Trail, discover secret bays visited by dolphins and orca and walk the beautiful Snout Track. You’ll be lost for words when you encounter this incredible place. But very few are needed when your lips are busy sampling world-renowned wines. Cycling through the winery © Destination Marlborough

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Spectacular Sounds

Looking out over Marlborough Sounds © Destination Marlborough INSET: Bottlenose dolphins in the Marlborough Sounds © E-Ko Tours

WHEN THE FOUR SONS OF RANGI, THE SKY FATHER, TRAVELLED TO THE HEAVENS TO MEET RANGI’S WIFE PAPATUANUKU,

WALK OR CYCLE ON THE QUEEN CHARLOTTE TRACK AND YOU’LL BE SPOILT

THE EARTH MOTHER,

WITH VIEWS AND SHADY PATHS THAT DIP DOWN TO THE COAST, WHERE

THEIR CANOE CAPSIZED

YOU CAN STOP TO FISH, GATHER MUSSELS, OR ENJOY A SWIM. YOU’LL

ON THE JOURNEY HOME.

ONLY BE DISTURBED BY OCCASIONAL KAYAKERS PADDLING BY. THE TRACK STRETCHES 70KM FROM HISTORIC MERETOTO/SHIP COVE THROUGH TO

THE CANOE BECAME THE

ANAKIWA, HOME OF OUTWARD BOUND NEW ZEALAND.

SOUTH ISLAND, AND THE MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS ARE THE PROW OF THE CANOE. THE BROTHERS WERE TURNED TO STONE AND BECAME THE HIGHEST MOUNTAINS OF THE SOUTHERN ALPS.

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here are four main sounds; the largest is Pelorus, followed by Queen Charlotte, which boasts a 70km tramping track, and then the smaller, idyllic Kenepuru Sound and the Mahau Sound. The translucent waters, maze of deep coves and secluded bays fringed by native forest are a playground where you can sail, fish, dive or kayak while marine life frolics around you. Join an eco tour and see rare birds, dolphins, penguins and seals, and sail to the outer sounds for close

encounters. Between October and March, orca also visit these parts. The Underwater Observatory at Lochmara Bay is an excellent way to watch blue cod, eels and diving shag up close, and feed the stingray. Take a cruise to see how mussels are harvested, then eat them fresh out of the water. Walk or cycle the Queen Charlotte Track from Ship Cove to Anakiwa. A world-famous route with views that are out of this world. And don’t miss Pelorus River, noted for its swimming holes and hidden tracks.

MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS after the Duke of Marlborough The perfect setting for a relaxed or active Holiday

HAVELOCK after Sir Henry Havelock • 43km NW of Blenheim MARLBOROUGH

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Lodge, cabins, tent/power sites, dump point. Scalloping in season, fishing, kayak hire, scenic drives, walks. Convenience Store: fuel, scuba fills, LPG, groceries, fishing tackle, bait, hot & cold drinks. Tea & coffee. Free WiFi. Pet-friendly. NZMCA discounts, off season. Okiwi Bay Holiday Park & Lodge, 15 Renata Rd, Okiwi Bay, Marlborough Sounds P: +64 3 576 5006 • www.okiwi.co.nz • E: info@okiwi.co.nz

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• Experience the peace and quiet of Havelock Holiday Park. • Gateway to the Sounds. • Home of the Greenshell Mussel. • Access to cycling/walking tracks. • We can help you organise Mail Boat, Kayak, Wine trips and more. • Pet-friendly cabin and caravan now available.

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isit beautiful Havelock Marina, the departure point for cruises and tours.

Take the mail boat past secluded bays and isolated homesteads. Five species of dolphin live in the pristine waters of the Marlborough Sounds.

Head out on a cruise from Havelock and look for dusky, bottlenose, short-beaked common, orca and Hector’s dolphins. Watch for whales which cruise these waters too. Diving sea birds will also keep you entertained, or go for a swim off the back of the boat.

Drive 5.5km down Queen Charlotte Drive to a car park for access to the Cullen Point walkways. The Coastal Track is an hour-long loop with views of Pelorus Sound and Havelock. The Lookout Track is a 10-minute walk with views of Mahau Sound.

uscle in on some of the action in the green-shell mussel capital of the world. The Mussel Pot restaurant is a Havelock icon and trying the mussels here should definitely be on your itinerary. Also browse around Havelock Museum and check out the gold strike site at the nearby Wakamarina River, which brought the town into being in 1864. ABOVE: Havelock, green-shell mussel capital of the world © Destination Marlborough

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DON’T MISS!

PICTURESQUE PICTON IS THE PERFECT BASE FOR EXPLORING THE MARLBOROUGH REGION.

• A walk to Essons Valley Reservoir to see the glowworms • The gorgeous outlooks while driving up the Kenepuru Sound • Fishing charters for delicious seafood • The region’s far-reaching water taxis • Art-house movies at Picton Cinemas • Picton’s lively art scene at The Diversion Gallery

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he town sits in a horseshoe curve watching out over a sparkling harbour, welcoming ferries from Wellington and farewelling craft heading to one of the nearby bays. The journey across the

Cook Strait is a rite of passage for New Zealanders and passengers disembarking from the ferry quickly lose their sea legs here. On the foreshore you will find boat and bike hire and dive charters.

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There’s also a mini-golf course and the EcoWorld Aquarium in town. Go to Dunbar Wharf to see the Edwin Fox built in 1853 and reputedly the world’s ninth-oldest wooden vessel. Also see the whaling industry artefacts at Picton

Heritage and Whaling Museum. Tackle the 70km Queen Charlotte Track in its entirety over three to five days or embark on a bite-size shorter walk. Drive from Picton to Havelock and Nelson, stopping at Governors Bay lookout en route.

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Blenheim

Tasting honey, Blenheim © Kieran Scott

DEVOUR THE GOURMET DELIGHTS AND TAKE YOUR PICK FROM A FEAST OF SIGHTS AND ATTRACTIONS. DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT TRYING MARLBOROUGH’S SAUVIGNON BLANC, WHICH PUT NEW ZEALAND WINE IN THE INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT AND IS REVERED AROUND THE WORLD.

Specialising in the unusual. 250m2 of NZ art, NZ books, gold jewellery, furniture, china, crystal, collectibles. (Huge variety).

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here’s plenty to see and do in this good-looking town. Blenheim has art galleries, a cinema complex and live theatre. The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre houses Sir Peter Jackson’s collection of WWI aircraft and the Dangerous Skies WWII Weta Workshop collaborative exhibition. See the best examples of New Zealand motoring from the 1950s to 1980s at Omaka Classic Cars. Visit a beautiful working lavender farm at Leighvander Cottage. The Makana chocolate factory is where you can watch staff make the delicate sweets, then sample some! Blenheim is blessed with many lovely parks and gardens, including

Seymour Square with its memorial clock tower, and Pollard Park. The town centre is a haven of modern stores, antique shops, galleries, charming cafés and restaurants, as well as sunny, open spaces. Seek out Marlborough Museum where Beavertown (Blenheim’s original name) in 1900 comes to life in a recreated heritage street. Learn about the Wairau Bar, one of New Zealand’s most significant archaeological sites, and the region’s viticulture and wine history. For something more active, play a round of golf, or follow the Wairau Lagoon Walk. The Wither Hills Walkway offers excellent views of the town.

LOCAL BUZZ Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre © MarlboroughNZ.com

“Located at Blenheim Railway Station is ‘The Wine Station’ where you can taste 80 premium local wines in one central location.” Paul Jackson – Managing Director of Pounamu Tourism Group

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Marlborough IF YOU LOVE FABULOUS FOOD AND WINE, YOU WILL BE SPOILT FOR CHOICE IN BLENHEIM. NOT ONLY IS THE TOWN SURROUNDED BY RENOWNED WINERIES, BUT IT HAS FABULOUS EATERIES SERVING FRESH LOCAL PRODUCE.

Wine & dine in style

Vines Village meal © Vines Village, Blenheim

Blenheim is a town where you can really indulge in epicurean pleasures. Don’t miss the Vines Village. The Rapaura Rd shopping and dining precinct has large tranquil lakeside grounds with free-range hens. The kids can borrow a basket and go

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ēkerengū is a magical spot right on the edge of an ever-changing coastline where you can breathe a little deeper and fill your lungs with fresh ocean air. The sea will demand your attention and you can soak up the spectacle while enjoying delicious food at the awardwinning café.

to ‘Chook Manor’ where they can collect fresh eggs and have them cooked for breakfast. Adults will also love the daily themed food. In February, don’t miss the Marlborough Food and Wine Festival. Sample the region’s finest cuisine by top chefs and listen to music among the vines at Brancott Estate. Go rafting on the Clarence River, take a walk along the Kēkerengū River, check out the seals – from a safe distance – at Ohau Point or take a deep-sea fishing charter. Kēkerengū is conveniently located halfway between the marine life mecca of Kaikōura and the desirable wine region of Blenheim.

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pring Creek has local wine tours and trout fishing. It’s also the perfect place to grab life by the handlebars and go cycling. The Blenheim to Spring Creek pathway is ideal. Makana

boutique chocolate factory is temptingly close. See how their delicious creations are made and walk away with a boxful of treats. Local convenience stores and a pub can be found in the town itself.

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ESCAPE TO THE SUN

Nelson Tasman & Golden Bay

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Nelson Tasman Abel Tasman National Park © Getty Images

WHETHER YOU’RE READY FOR A REJUVENATING BREAK, OR GEARED UP FOR ACTION-PACKED ADVENTURE, YOU WILL FIND PLENTY TO LOVE IN THE NELSON TASMAN REGION.

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ith more sunshine hours than anywhere else in the country, plus dazzling white and golden-sand beaches, Nelson Tasman is a haven for holidaymakers. The region is famous for its seafood, horticulture, fruit and hop growing, wine production, craft beer and cider. In fact, you get the whole food package here so the cuisine is top notch. Taste the offerings at a local restaurant or winery, or head to one of the farmers’ markets. Creativity is in the air here and Nelson Tasman has a vibrant arts and crafts scene. Visit the workshops of local painters, sculptors, fashion designers, glass

blowers and jewellers and pick up unique souvenirs and gifts. The many festivals, performances and interactive exhibitions held throughout the year also add to the city’s lively atmosphere. But if it’s action and adventure you’re after, the Nelson Tasman region delivers in spades too. Zip around on quad bikes, take a helicopter ride, explore the area’s secluded coves and beaches by kayak, fly like a bird on the Skywire (the world’s longest flying fox), or have a go at kite surfing – and that’s only the start. Nelson Tasman has earned a reputation as a top mountain biking area as well.

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elax on long Tāhunanui Beach or golden Kaiteriteri Beach, or drive out to beautiful Rabbit Island (Moturoa), have a swim and watch the white heron and other wading birds as the tide changes. Tour the globe in six acres at Gardens of the World, browse the arts and crafts stalls at Nelson’s Saturday Market and pick up some gifts or graze the artisan produce stalls for picnic food. Head up to the Centre of New Zealand walk on Botanical Hill, so-called because it was a central survey point in the 19th century. Walk down the other side to Black Hole swimming spot and return on the Maitai Track.

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Nelson Tasman

For something a little different, book a free 55-minute tour of Pic’s Peanut Butter Factory. Kids willl love making their own, and adults never say no to the tastings. Die-hard fans can also climb the world’s largest jar of peanut butter.

Cycling through a vineyard, Nelson © Dean McKenzie

THE SKYWIRE • QUAD BIKE TOURS • ARGO • HORSE TREKS • E-BIKES • PAINTBALL

AND MORE

Once all excursions are ticked off, enjoy some downtime and a therapeutic treatment at a boutique spa retreat.

The Cable Bay Adventure park is Nelson’s adventure destination. Home to the famous Skywire and only 15 min from the centre of Nelson, it has a wide range of activities with something for the whole family.

Traditional Thai restaurant where Thai chefs prepare every dish from scratch to bring you an authentic, uncompromised taste of Thailand with an emphasis on using only the freshest ingredients. Chokdee caters for all palates – from mild through to those who like their favourite Phad Thai extra hot. Dine in or takeaway. Fully licensed & BYO. 83 Hardy St, Nelson Ph: +64 3 539 0282 109 High St, Motueka Ph: +64 3 528 0318

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• Licensed café • Eels and animals • E-Bike hire • Functions • Family fun • Open everyday except Christmas day CABLE BAY ADVENTURE PARK 194 Cable Bay Road, RD 1, Nelson 7071 +64 (03) 545 0304 or FREEPHONE 0800 157 300

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rtists are celebrated in Nelson Tasman, and creativity is part of the fabric of the city. There are more than 300 working artists in the region. The World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum is a standout attraction, where you can admire clothing creations which turn the human body into an art form. The Suter, Te Aratoi o Whakatu, is a good place to absorb the creative vibe. If you are here in October, don’t miss the Nelson Arts Festival. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to see artists in their studios and purchase their work.

For updates on cultural events go to www.itson.co.nz. To find out what inspires the local creatives, visit some of the city’s heritage sites. Broadgreen Historic House was built in 1855 and is Nelson’s oldest residence. Founders Heritage Park has a replica settlers’ village and a railway line as well as other attractions. Nelson’s rich hop growing and brewing industry is championed at the Hop and Beer Museum in the iconic Founders Heritage Park. Visit artisans in character buildings and browse gifts and souvenirs within the walls of a giant windmill.

Visitors exploring Pic’s Peanut Butter Factory © Pic’s Peanut Butter Factory

Visit the Makers of The Movie Ring LOCAL BUZZ

“The Nelson Arts Festival kicks off with the ‘Mask Parade’ and street party every October. The whole city comes to life for 10 days.” Pic Picot – Founder of Pic’s Peanut Butter

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Nelson Tasman SAMPLE LOCAL DELIGHTS AT A RESTAURANT, WINERY, OR AT ONE OF THE MANY INNOVATIVE CAFÉS IN THE CITY.

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here is a phenomenal selection of dining options in the Nelson Tasman area. In a region that has some of the highest recorded sunshine hours in the country, dining alfresco should be enjoyed as much as possible. Go straight to the source and explore local artisan produce at Nelson Market, held every Saturday from 8am-1pm at Montgomery Square, and

the Nelson Farmers’ Market every Wednesday 8am-2pm in Kirby Lane, Nelson City. With 28 boutique wineries and cellar doors, and more craft breweries per capita than anywhere else in New Zealand, take a wine tour to ensure you experience the best on offer. Follow this with classic fish and chips at The Smokehouse on Māpua Wharf, or the Sands Fish & Chip Shop by Tāhunanui Beach.

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Skydives, hang-gliding and helicopter rides are all achievable in these parts, but if you fancy something slightly less hairraising, Cable Bay Adventure Photographer: John-Paul Pochin Pochin Photographer: John-Paul Park features the Skywire. A flying fox meets chairlift combo which accommodates up to four people as it soars over native forest at speeds of 100km. If that’s still a little too extreme, enjoy an amphibious river ride, go canyoning, mountain biking or kite surfing, or take it down another notch and visit Natureland Wildlife Trust which is home to all manner

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of fun and furry creatures. Quad bikes can be taken for bumpy jaunts across the varied terrain and bikes are easily rented for a cycling adventure along Tasman’s Great Taste Trail. Start out at Nelson Airport or the Nelson i-SITE and weave your way over Tasman Bay, Waimea Estuary and the Western Ranges. It can done as a loop with plenty of stops for the jaw-dropping views and Tasman’s famously fine food. At day’s end enjoy a glass of local wine, of which chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir are standouts. 30 Golf Rd, Tahunanui, Nelson Ph: +64 3 548 5114 Reservations: 0800 100 017

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TASMAN District THE ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK HAS TO BE SEEN TO BE BELIEVED, WITH SPECTACULAR GOLDEN BEACHES, CRYSTAL CLEAR STREAMS TUMBLING THROUGH THE VALLEYS TO MEET THE SEA, NATURALLY SCULPTURED GRANITE CLIFFS AND THE TONGA ISLAND MARINE RESERVE.

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he Tasman District features a warm climate, three national parks, sumptuous scenery, a thriving arts scene and mouthwatering local delicacies – what more could you possibly want? Not far from Nelson, Richmond boasts a collection of vineyards, most within a 20km radius. If you’re interested in craft, there are potters, glass blowers, wood turners, metal smiths and tailors who make garments from all sorts of fleeces. Māpua is an essential town to visit for any food-lover. At the wharf you’ll find a collection of cafés with stunning views. It’s also home to Shed 4 that includes even more eateries, shops and a waterfront amphitheatre where there are often concerts.

Motueka has a lively café culture and two lovely national parks nearby. Rub shoulders with the locals and buy fresh produce and crafts at the Sunday market. See Te Ahurewa Māori church, built in 1897, and the waka (canoe) that used to ply the waters of the Motueka River. Check out the famous 1929 Cadillac at the district museum. The Riwaka Resurgence, where the river emerges from a marble cave into a crystal clear pool, is great for swimming. Also walk Harwoods Hole Track to the deepest shaft in New Zealand. It’s a short drive from here to Mārahau, the Abel Tasman National Park, the Kahurangi National Park, and Motueka River for trout fishing.

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LOCAL BUZZ

“Find the sleepy village of Mārahau at the entrance to Abel Tasman National Park. From here, water taxis grant convenient access to six major bays and many secret spots.” Pic Picot – Founder of Pic’s Peanut Butter

Abel Tasman National Park KAYAKING IS THE IDEAL WAY TO NAVIGATE THE PARK AND EXPLORE EXQUISITE GOLDEN BEACHES AND HIDDEN INLETS.

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hen you’re unwinding on a stretch of golden sand here, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re basking on a beach on a tropical island. You can spend your days exploring the beautiful bays and coves by yourself or with a local tour guide.

One way to get there is by water taxi from Kaiteriteri or Mārahau, with more frequent trips in summer and less frequent in winter. The water taxis call at all the main beaches as far north as Totaranui. You can also charter a yacht, paddle a sea kayak here or go skydiving in nearby

Motueka. There are two main gateways to the park: follow the road past Mārahau and Kaiteriteri from the south, or go via Tākaka to reach the park from the north. From Mārahau, it’s a 20-minute walk into the park which will take to you to some delightful, serene bays.

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WITH CALM, PRISTINE WATERS AND CARESSING SUMMER SEA BREEZES, CRUISING THE WATERS OF ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK IS THE ULTIMATE WAY TO RELAX AND UNWIND.

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here are several ways to explore the secluded golden bays of the Abel Tasman National Park. Catching a water taxi from Kaiteriteri or Mārahau is an option if you want to be dropped directly on one of the park’s beaches. Alternatively, take a pleasure cruise and sit back, relax and enjoy your spectacular surroundings. There are opportunities to combine walks or wildlife spotting including dolphin watching trips. Also consider chartering a yacht and sailing the bays in style. There are plenty of operators and packages available, and they all offer a comfortable, relaxed vantage point from which to check out sandy shorelines and admire the impressive scenery.

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KAYAKING

Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park © Nelson Tasman Tourism

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f kayaking in New Zealand had a home, it would undoubtedly be here. Who hasn’t seen the images of kayaks gliding in a turquoisecoloured bay cradled by a sweep of golden sandy beach? Kayaking is the best way to explore the Abel Tasman National Park, as you can boldly go where no boat or walking track will take you. It’s no wonder that this stretch of New Zealand is a world-renowned kayaking location, not just because of the natural beauty of its secluded coves and lagoons, granite cliffs, unspoiled beaches and Split Apple Rock – a whopping great granite boulder – but also because of the marine life in these waters. You can thank Tonga Island Marine Reserve for providing a predator-free space for seals to set up home. These interesting creatures are known to follow you as you paddle around the coastline. Dolphins and penguins are also regular spectators as you navigate these waters.

Kaiteriteri Kaiteriteri successfully provides all the elements of a great Kiwi holiday: plenty of sunshine, a secluded location and three unforgettable beaches combining the cleanest sand you will ever see with calm, sparkling blue waters. Kaiteriteri is also a haven for mountain bikers – the Kaiteriteri Mountainbike Park is a fantastic, purpose-built park. This 180ha off-road park is maintained by enthusiastic volunteers who are helping to shape and develop the park into a mountain biking mecca.

ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK

campsites • cabins • backpacker lodge water taxis • kayaks • cafe & beer garden

The main gateway into the Abel Tasman National Park, Mārahau has a lovely beach and a choice of places to stay. You can book water taxis here, hire kayaks or set off on the Coastal Walking Track.

• Abel Tasman National Park camping at its finest! • Booking office for all Park activities • 40 hectares • Farm animals, off‑licence, river swimming, card phone • Secure car park • Wireless internet avail • Dorm/doubles & self‑contained studio

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Harveys Rd, Marahau RD 2, Motueka Ph: +64 3 527 8288 • Fax: +64 3 527 8289 Email: info@oldmacs.co.nz • www.oldmacs.co.nz PAGE 5 - REGIONAL MAP


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Don’t Miss FAREWELL SPIT These huge dunes form a landing strip for thousands of migratory shore birds from the northern hemisphere. The 35km-long sandspit is home to 90 bird species and is protected as a Wetland of International Importance. Access is restricted, with public walking allowed only at certain places. Or it can be experienced on a 4WD bus tour departing daily from Collingwood and Pūponga.

GOLDEN BAY Drive over the Tākaka Hill and you’ll arrive in glorious Golden Bay. This is the only way in and out by road. Once you’re there you’ll be tempted to pitch a tent and stay forever. Camping by this startling stretch of sun-kissed sand is one of the definite must-do’s in this region.

Sand dunes in Farewell Spit, Golden Bay © Nelson Tasman Tourism INSET: Walking along the sand dunes © www.nelsontasman.nz

K  AITERITERI misspelling of Kaiteretere • 13km N of Motueka

Experience Kaiteriteri

Kaiteriteri-Sandy Bay Rd, Kaiteriteri Beach, Kaiteriteri P: +64 3 527 8010 • F: +64 3 527 8031 E: info@krr.co.nz

Idyllic golden beach destination, world-class mountain biking, boating, swimming, recreation and the gateway to the stunning Abel Tasman National Park. Premium beachfront apartments, cabins and powered camp sites with on-site restaurants, café, supermarket, petrol station and mini golf.

www.experiencekaiteriteri.co.nz

G  OLDEN BAY 110km NW of Nelson

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Te Waikoropupū Springs

Te Waikoropupū Springs, Golden Bay © www.nelsontasman.nz

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he walk through Te Waikoropupū Springs Scenic Reserve to ‘Pupu’ Springs is highly recommended. Stand back in amazement on the viewing platforms and watch the dancing white sands of the lake bed. Water shoots out from small underwater vents, hence the name ‘Place of the Dancing Sands’. Remember that touching the water is forbidden as these pristine springs are sacred (wahi tapu) to Māori.

THE SANDCASTLE – SEAVIEW COTTAGE ACCOMMODATION

Discover the beautiful Ngarua Caves along a 300m trail through a breathtaking variety of stalagtites & stalagmites, also featuring an excellent skeletal display of the extinct moa. Situated on top of Marble Mountain half an hour’s drive from Motueka on SH 60 to Takaka and Golden Bay. View the caves then take in the stunning views of Tasman Bay and the surrounding Karst landscape while enjoying a coffee and other refreshments.

• Excellent value s/c cottages set in 3ha of peaceful gardens, ponds and native trees. • Sea views, beach close by. Free WiFi. Pizza oven, BBQ. Breakfast available. Relaxed, friendly accommodation that captures the holiday spirit of the Kiwi bach. • Tariff: $90-$130 (2 persons), extra person/child $10. Haile Lane, Pohara, Golden Bay • P: +64 3 525 9087 • Res: 0800 433 909 www.goldenbayaccommodation.co.nz • E: sandcastle@xtra.co.nz

Saltwater fishing • Sightseeing • Saltwater Fly Fishing

www.ngaruacaves.co.nz

• Morning trips fishing in and around the bay targeting snapper, blue cod, gurnard, kahawai, perch & tarakihi Open Daily Throughout Summer. Guided Tours Hourly From 10am - 4pm

Ph: +64 3 528 8093 • E: ngaruacaves@gmail.com

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• All bait & fishing gear is supplied • Sightseeing trips from Golden Bay into the Abel Tasman National Park

Wildcat Charters Pohara Golden Bay Freephone: 0508 945 322 • Mob: +64 27 613 6873

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Nelson Tasman Kayaking in Nelson Lakes National Park • BELOW: Lake Rotoiti BOTH IMAGES: © Nelson Tasman Tourism

Heaphy Track © Nelson Tasman Tourism

Collingwood Collingwood boomed in the 1850s and its history is stamped on its buildings, including St Cuthbert’s Church and the courthouse. Find out more at Collingwood Museum. Located at the mouth of the Aorere River on the shoreline of Golden Bay, Collingwood is perfectly situated for

walks including the Heaphy Track in the Kahurangi National Park. You’ll also find Farewell Spit Tours here – take a tour and visit the historic Farewell Spit Lighthouse. Or you could rent a mountain bike and explore beautiful Aorere Valley, kayak to the Ruataniwha Inlet or take a horse trek along Wharariki Beach.

COLLINGWOOD after Baron Collingwood • 27km NW of Takaka Tasman St, Collingwood, Golden Bay

• Farewell Spit is a Phone: +64 3 524 8257 nature reserve and Email: enquiries@farewellspit.co.nz world-renowned www.farewellspit.com Farewell Spit Tours bird sanctuary. • On our tours you’ll visit the historic lighthouse, take in the panorama from the top of one of the 100ft-high dunes & see old fossils exposed on the beach.

RESERVATIONS:

0800 808 257

Friendly Camp IN THE HEART of Collingwood

NELSON LAKES IN MĀORI MYTHOLOGY TWO LAKES WERE CREATED WHEN CHIEF RĀKAIHAUTŪ DUG TWO HOLES. ONE HOLE FOR LAKE ROTOROA, THE OTHER FOR LAKE ROTOITI.

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elson Lakes National Park is so sublime, its many attributes evoke a blink twice and rub your eyes response. From the aqua-violet hues of Blue Lake (also the world’s clearest lake) to the concertina-effect of the mountains, the landscape is quite astonishing. There are 16 lakes in total of which Rotoiti and Rākaihautū are the most iconic. Walk the lakeside, undertake an alpine hike or get on the water in a kayak, boat – or a pair of water skis! St Arnaud village is an ideal base for exploring the area, including the popular Rainbow Ski Field when the first flakes of winter fall.

DON’T MISS! Made famous by travel bloggers and Instagrammers the world over, you can’t visit Lake Rotoiti without jumping off its now instantly recognisable jetty. Framed by sky piercing mountains and honeydew beech forest resonating with bird song, the lake would numb you to your core in winter, but would make the perfect mid-air pic come summer.

NELSON LAKES including Lake Rotoroa and Lake Rotoiti Collingwood Holiday Park

NELSON LAKES MOTELS & TRAVERS-SABINE LODGE

COLLINGWOOD HOLIDAY PARK Cabins and camping options Toilet/shower & laundry facilities • Internet access Equipped kitchens and TV room Tennis courts • Recycling • Pets by arrangement only

6 William Street, Collingwood 7073 • Golden Bay • E: info@collingwoodholidaypark.co.nz

BOOK NOW: www.collingwoodholidaypark.co.nz • P: 03 524 8149

• Gateway to Nelson Lakes National Park. 5min bush walk to lake, stunning walks/tramps, MTB, skiing or just relax. • Tariff: Motels & Family Cottages, well-equipped kitchens: $139-$159 (1-2p), extra adult $20, child $15. Travers-Sabine Lodge, 36-brm lodge: share/twin/double/family rooms $35-$79 (1-2p). SKY 50+ channels. FREE WiFi. Main Rd, SH 63, St Arnaud, Nelson Lakes National Park • P: +64 3 521 1887 www.nelsonlakes.co.nz • E: info@nelsonlakes.co.nz

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Thrills & SPILLS

White-Water Capital AS THE SELF-PROCLAIMED ‘WHITE-WATER CAPITAL OF NEW ZEALAND’, MURCHISON IS A THRILL-SEEKER’S DREAM. THE AREA HAS A FANTASTIC RANGE OF OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES , FROM RAFTING AND KAYAKING TO TRAMPING, MOUNTAIN BIKING AND HUNTING.

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urchison, gateway to the southern entrance of the Kahurangi National Park, calls itself the white-water capital of New Zealand because there are rivers everywhere. They are graded from two to four and are therefore brilliant for thrillseekers. The mighty Buller River flows through the town, and its tributaries offer superb trout fishing. The 110m

Buller Gorge bridge is New Zealand’s longest swing bridge. You can wander around the marked tracks, listen to audio presentations and learn about the area’s fascinating past as a major gold-mining area and about the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in 1929. You can also try your luck panning for gold or see a curious phenonmenon in the forest, where a natural flame has been burning for almost a century.

BULLER GORGE HIGHLIGHTS The good folk at Buller Gorge Swingbridge Adventure and Heritage Park run the 160m ‘Comet Line’ flying fox, divulge various gold panning secrets and know the area’s best walks.

ABOVE: Rafts, Buller River near Murchison © davidwallphoto.com RIGHT: Buller River swing bridge © AA Tourism

MURCHISON after Scottish geologist Sir Roderick Murchison 131km SW of Nelson

KIWI PARK MOTELS & HOLIDAY PARK

• Award-winner. Full range of accommodation. • Next stop to/from ferry. • Free WiFi voucher. • Enjoy the rural experience and Farm Animal Park. • Tariff: from $20pp. 170 Fairfax St, Murchison • P: +64 3 523 9248 • Res: 0800 22 80 80 www.kiwipark.co.nz • E: stay@kiwipark.co.nz

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ountain bikers will love the Old Ghost Road Trail, one of the premier backcountry cycle tracks. It runs from Lyell to Seddonville and is a grade four, advanced trail. Cyclists take two to four days to complete the challenging 85km route which follows the paths used by miners and passes through the towns abandoned when the gold ran out. Keep an eye out for mining relics and information panels explaining the area’s history. You’ll get a feel for the

life of a hardy 19th century West Coast pioneer. You will also ride through swathes of native forest, descend into open river valleys scattered with lakes and tarns, weave through giant podocarp rainforest inhabited by abundant wildlife, sidle along a cliff-hugging trail and enjoy incredible views. There’s heli-biking opportunities and rafting on the Mōkihinui Gorge on the final leg of your journey. ABOVE: Old Ghost Road Trail © HagePhoto

Enjoy the thrill of crossing the longest swingbridge in New Zealand • Historical gold workings • Earthquake fault-line • Bush walks • Comet line rides • Jet-boat rides • Gold panning

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West Coast

NATURE IN ITS ELEMENT THE TASMAN SEA POUNDS THIS REGION’S 600KM STRETCH OF RUGGED COASTLINE AND THE GREAT COAST ROAD, FROM WESTPORT TO GREYMOUTH, AFFORDS SPECTACULAR VIEWS. Inhabitants gave up trying to tame the unruly West Coast long ago. When its bounty of gold, coal and timber were discovered the area quickly prospered, but its flurry of fortune never eclipsed the real riches of the west – its weatherworn beauty. The gold peddlers have long gone, but the wild, natural treasures of this region remain.

The West Coast has more protected land than any other part of New Zealand. In fact, the Haast region is so special that UNESCO have named it a World Heritage Area.

Explore ancient limestone cliffs, glowworm caves and old bush tramways in Charleston, see the Pancake Rocks and the mighty blowholes at Punakāiki, or enjoy the Coal Creek Falls Walkway as you immerse yourself in the history of Rūnanga, where old mining roots still run deep.

Those keen to get off the beaten track will revel in isolated townships such as Granity, Hector and Ngākawau. The latter are bijou settlements sitting at the mouth of the Ngākawau River. Fittingly, Hector’s dolphins often frequent the shoreline and in Ngākawau, the Charming Creek walkway leads to Seddonville.

The Coast is sparsely populated, allowing visitors to find space far from the crowds. Enjoy the remoteness and explore some of the world’s most accessible glaciers.

Driving along the Wesport Coast Road © Getty Images

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Buller District Standing watch over the Tasman Sea, Buller District spans from Punakāiki in the south through to its largest town, Westport, and over to Karamea, Kahurangi National Park and the gold town of Reefton. Its rugged landscape doesn’t seek the limelight with the same tenacity as other places on the South Island. Its under-discovered isolation, complete with the region’s proud coal and gold mining history are its greatest drawcards.

EXPLORE THE OPARARA BASIN’S LIMESTONE ARCHES AND CAVES IN PRISTINE FOREST AND THE GOLD-MINING HERITAGE OF THE FENIAN AREA.

WESTPORT after Westport, Ireland • 104km NE of Greymouth Oparara Basin limestone arches, Karamea © Getty Images

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ittle Wanganui is a nugget of New Zealand which although small, packs a lot of punch. Surfers revel in the rips and those who discover the near-empty beach feel like they’ve stumbled across a local secret.

LITTLE WANGANUI

Then there’s Karamea, a 20-minute drive northwest from Little Wanganui – beautifully positioned between the Kahurangi National Park and the Tasman Sea; it’s the perfect place for total escapism.

Nationwide

WESTPORT

314 Palmerston Street

0800 235 528 | www.bellavista.co.nz

18km S of Karamea Reservation Freephone: 0800

Friendly West Coast hospitality Numerous accommodation options to suit all budgets Restaurant & bar facilities Campsites both powered or non-powered Gateway to the Kahurangi National Park Central to both Wangapeka & The Heaphy tracks, The Old Ghost Road & Little Wanganui River Black and Grey water stations Tariff $15-$120 for 2 people A: 3296 Karamea Highway RD 3 Karamea 7893 P: +64 3 782 6752 • E: info@littlewanganuihotel.co.nz

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500 209

Northern gateway to the scenic West Coast • Quiet, Clean and Spacious • Bike Cleaning Station • Lockable Bike Storage • Shuttle by Arrangement Only • Group Booking Discount • Undercover BBQ Area • FREE WiFi Tariff: from $135 (2 persons, extra $20)

The Esplanade, Westport Ph: +64 3 789 7519 • Email: bullerbridgemotel@xtra.co.nz BOOK DIRECT: www.bullerbridgemotel.co.nz PAGE 7 - REGIONAL MAP


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Remarkable PUNAKĀIKI A BREEDING COLONY OF FUR SEALS RESIDE AT TAURANGA BAY. THERE ARE INFORMATION PANELS AND A VIEWING PLATFORM TO OBSERVE THEM AND LEARN MORE. ABOVE: Watching the weka at Cape Foulwind © Miles Holden RIGHT: Punakāiki Pancake Rocks © Getty Images

from $110 Punakāiki’s coastal rocks are remarkable pieces of natural sculpture. Looking like enormous stacks of pancakes (hence their name), they are a major New Zealand visitor attraction.

• 2-brm & large studio units • Full cooking facilities • Quiet, rural and peaceful. 6km from Westport • 5min walk, safe sandy beach, golf course opp.

Carters Beach Units, 16 Schadick Ave, Westport Cartersbeachunits www.cartersbeachmotel.co.nz Email: cartersbeachunits@hotmail.com • Ph 03 789 5589 • 027 253 1115

The Punakāiki Pancake Rocks are hundreds of layers of sedimentary limestone formed 30-million-years ago from fragments of marine life skeletons and shells, sculpted by rain, wind and the sea. Waves slam into the rocks sending Plumes of spray high into the air at the blowholes. The well-formed stone steps and boardwalks lead you to the best viewing spots and the pathway has wheelchair access to most features.

PUNAKĀIKI 55km S of Westport, 46km N of Greymouth PAPAROA PARK MOTEL & COTTAGES

www.palmcourtwestport.co.nz

Reservations: 0800 472 567 306 Palmerston St, Westport Phone/Fax: +64 3 789 7247 Email: palmcourtwpt@xtra.co.nz

• Sunny location • Walk to shops • Motorcycle & cycle friendly • Free WiFi • Tariff: $90-$135 (2 persons), extra $15 Email:tourists palmcourtwpt@xtra.co.nz • Reservations: Well-travelled say “the best motel we’ve stayed at” 0800 472 567

• Set in a quiet, coastal, bush environment, overlooking Pancake Rocks/Blowholes. • Quality self-contained studio units, open into a private bushsurrounded veranda. • Three self-contained cottages – some with the best sea views in town. Razorback SH 6, Punakaiki www.paparoa.co.nz • E: paparoaparkmotel@gmail.com

PUNAKAIKI BEACHFRONT MOTELS

• Motels, beach house and Kiwi bach right on the beachfront. • Short walk to Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. • Cafés and restaurants nearby. • Book direct for best rates. • Tariff: from $140.

SH 6, Punakaiki • P: +64 3 731 1008 www.punakaikibeachfrontmotels.co.nz

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West Coast LEARN HOW A MINER LIVED AT THE MINERS HUT ON BROADWAY. SIT IN FRONT OF THE FIRE AND ENJOY A CUP OF BILLY TEA OVER A YARN WITH THE RESIDENT BEARDED MINERS.

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his rugged community was founded on hard work, true grit – and cash. The super rich Rothschild family from Europe bankrolled goldmining here in the 19th century. To learn more, visit the Bearded Miners for a cup of billy tea and a yarn about the old days. Reefton has plenty of old world charm. Follow the heritage trail to get a feel for the place. The Visitor Centre houses an impressive Quartzopolis mine, a working winding engine and a gold-mine tunnel where visitors can step back in time. Out of sight, but not forgotten, the town cherishes its goldfields history. A maze of tracks once used by miners are still maintained and explored by

Exploring Reefton Powerhouse INSET: Reefton Bearded Miners BOTH IMAGES: © West Coast Tourism

visiting cyclists, trampers and 4WD users. Tracks guide you around a day’s loop or lead you to modern Department of Conservation overnight huts. Up hills, through bush-clad valleys, creeks and over swing bridges, these tracks were once the lifelines of the town. In the Reefton area, you can go freshwater fishing, try your hand at gold panning, take a tour of the working gold mine, play a round of golf in one of three golf courses, go on an amazing river journey on a kayak or raft, and choose from a variety of excellent mountain bike tracks. For something completely different, take a walk down memory lane and see the Bev’s Doll & Toy Museum.

Just west of Lewis Pass, Springs Junction is a great stop-off point when travelling between the South Island’s east and west coasts. Surrounded by Nelson Lakes National Park, Victoria Forest Park and Lake Sumner Forest Park, nearby activities include bush-walks, trout fishing and hiking.

not too far away; sited in a scenic, peaceful spot. The Charleston Caves, deep in the Paparoa National Park, have waterfalls, spectacular limestone formations, streams, fossils and glowworm displays. Go rock climbing, black-water rafting, abseiling or bouldering here.

The naturally heated, therapeutic Maruia Springs thermal pools are

LANTERN COURT MOTELS

REEFTON

• F ully self-contained units with options to suit singles to families and all budgets

• Beautiful region for bush walks, fishing, tramping & mountain biking • Central location

REEFTON after gold-bearing quartz reefs • 81km SE of Westport on SH 7

• Bike storage • FREE WIFI

Bellbird Motel • 7 fully self-contained units (sleep 2-6) in Victoria Forest Park. • 2min walk to restaurants, cafés, info centre, supermarket. • Great base for exploring the Buller/West Coast region. • Historic villa, trout fishing, walks. Free WiFi. • Tariff: $90 (single), $110 (double/twin), extra adult $15, extra child $10.

• Tariff: $120-$195 63 Broadway St, REEFTON • Ph: +64 3 732 8574 | info@lanterncourtmotel.co.nz

SPRINGS JUNCTION refers to springs in Maruia • 123km SE of Westport LEWIS PASS MOTELS

• 93 Broadway, Reefton • Res: 0800 235 524 • E: bellbird.motel@xtra.co.nz • Host: Malcolm White

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• On edge of Lewis Pass National Reserve, 3km from Springs Junction towards Christchurch. Relaxing farm surroundings. • 3 modern, s/c units (1 studio & 2 family). Access facilities. • Handy to hot pools. Walking distance to Lake Daniels Track. • Tariff: $130-$140 (2 persons), $20 extra person & $20 extra child. SH 7, Springs Junction • P: +64 3 523 8863 www.lewis-pass.co.nz • E: bookings@lewis-pass.co.nz PAGE 7 - REGIONAL MAP


West Coast Lake Brunner © Getty Images

ENJOY THE TRANQUILLITY OF LAKE BRUNNER, WANDER AROUND SHANTYTOWN, EXPLORE THE NELSON CREEK GOLDFIELDS AND BLACKBALL’S HISTORY. THERE ARE OVER 50 WALKS IN THE AREA FROM 30 MINUTES TO TWO DAYS.

Central West Coast GREYMOUTH 243km NW of Christchurch on SH 6

Scenic Flights we’ve got the wild, wild west coast covered

Join our informative local guides as they take you to iconic West Coast locations with Explore West Coast, a local scenic tour company with over twenty years experience Punuakaiki / Pancake Rocks Hokitika Gorge & Tree Top Walkway Shantytown Heritage Park Monteiths Brewery, Lake Brunner EXPLORE WEST COAST LOCATED AT GREYMOUTH RAILWAY STATION Phone 0800 GREYMOUTH or 03 768 7080 Email info@explorewestcoast.nz Website www.explorewestcoast.co.nz

Heritage Mine Tours Glacier Tours, Bird & Wildlife Tours Tours run daily Tailored Tours & so much more

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Beer tasting at Monteith’s Brewery in Greymouth © Fraser Clements INSET: Greymouth Harbour © West Coast Tourism

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it back with a beer or wine and listen to tales of days gone by when Greymouth was besieged by greenstone hunters and gold miners. Locals are known as ‘Coasters’, but life here has hardly been an easy ride. Fortunes were made and lost overnight in the 1860s gold rush and the accompanying mines, roads and rail have helped define the character of the wild West Coast . Greymouth has a huge range of activities, from black-water and white-water rafting, quad biking, Hagglund tours, dolphin-watching, kayaking and scenic flights. Popular walks are the Quay Walk from Cobden Bridge and the Elizabeth Track, which passes through old gold-mining sites.

Make your own blade at Barrytown Knifemaking, take a selfie with the 5m tall cabbage tree sculpture in Stella Bull Park, and buy a piece of carefully crafted pounamu greenstone as a gift. For something a little different to your average coffee fix, The Lifeboat is just that, a lifeboat transformed into a café. Sitting at the end of the pier and serving Dutch coffee with stroopwafels, if the day’s kind, sit with your drink and watch the sea for a while.

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TOP PICKS IN GREYMOUTH Shantytown is a faithful replica of an 1860s gold-mining town where you can explore historical buildings, pan for gold, dress in period costumes, ride the steam train and much more. Brunner Mine is one of Greymouth’s most historically significant sites. Located just outside of town, a 2km walk weaves its way around a brick factory, coke ovens and long-forgotten tunnel entrances.

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Go for a drive: the stretch of highway between Greymouth and Westport, known as The Great Coast Road, is rated one of the top 10 scenic drives in the world and will mesmerise you at every turn. Monteith’s Brewery is a Greymouth icon. Head here to enjoy a refreshing locally brewed beer and take the excellent guided tour.

Ride the steam train, pan for gold, watch the holographic show and get an old time photo. Over 30 shops and buildings to explore and lots of fun for kids! Special family prices.

Rutherglen Road, Paroa (10km South of Greymouth). Open 7 days 8.30am - 5.00pm. Phone +64 3 762 6634 Gold panning at Shantytown, Greymouth © Tourism West Coast

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THE TRANZALPINE EXPERIENCE

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ver since the history and romance of the Orient Express entered our consciousness, rail travel has fired our imaginations. One of the world’s great rail journeys, the TranzAlpine travels daily between Greymouth and Christchurch. The 224km journey takes four and

a half hours and the train makes its way through 19 tunnels and over four viaducts.

Christchurch at 8.15am and again from Greymouth at 1.45pm. The journey makes a great weekend getaway or longer trip.

Just sit back, relax and feast your eyes on the sublime views of the plains, river gorges, valleys and the Southern Alps. It’s all aboard for departure from

If you’re planning a day trip, you also have the option of a five-hour stopover at Arthur’s Pass or a three-hour break at Moana on the shores of Lake Brunner.

TranzAlpine train journey (between Greymouth & Christchurch) © Kiwi Rail Scenic Journeys

INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED

DID YOU KNOW The Great Greymouth Beer Boycott of 1947 brought about one of the town’s most talked about stand-offs in history. When hotel keepers initiated a rise in the price of beer, the local pub goers weren’t too happy about it. They snubbed all hotels for a solid four months until the hoteliers caved in and restored the original price.

Sundowner Motel Greymouth

14 Smith St, Greymouth Phone: +64 3 768 4666 E: sundowner@minidata.co.nz

Reservations:

0800 080 859 www.sundowner.co.nz

APOSTLES VIEW MOTEL

• Located 3km north of Greymouth. • Studio, 1 & 2-brm units all with full cooking facilities. • Free WiFi. • We are pet-friendly (by arrangement) and have FREE transfers to train station. • Contact direct for best rates. 296 SH 6, 3km N of Greymouth  • P: +64 3 768 5339 • M: +64 21 259 1398 Res: 0800 668 355 • www.apostlesviewmotel.co.nz • E: apostlesmotel@xtra.co.nz

• 100% Kiwi-owned & operated. Set back from the road: 11 modern studio units, 5 family units, serviced daily. • Free WiFi, guest laundry. Free transfers: bus/train. • 5min walk to town, shops, restaurants and bars. Centrally located for all tourist attractions. • Tariff: $125-$160 (2 persons).

GREYMOUTH KIWI

100% Kiwi owned & operated

GREYMOUTH

HOLIDAY PARK & MOTELS

• 5 executive studios & suites • 9 spacious 1 & 2-bedroom units • Sky Guest Select - 50+ channels • Corporate / Family / Group bookings • Short walk to hospital, supermarket, aquatic centre, restaurants • Guest laundry • FREE pick-up and drop to train/bus • Close to West Coast Wilderness Cycle Trail

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0800 768 510

108-110 High St, Greymouth Tel: +64 3 768 5100 Email: sceniclands@xtra.co.nz

www.sceniclandmotel.co.nz

Relaxing surroundings... • 1min walk to beach • FREE Unlimited WiFi • FREE hot spa & BBQs • Hot showers included • Kitchen/TV lounge • Access facilities

• Motel units Sky TV • Standard cabins • Powered and tent sites • Laundry • Children’s playground • Pets by arrangement

Phone for reservations: 0800 101 222

318 Main South Rd, Greymouth P. +64 3 762 6768 E stay@greymouthkiwi.co.nz

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LAKE BRUNNER

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ake Brunner is the water playground of the Central West Coast. This premier rainforest lake offers world-class trophy trout fishing year round. There’s also boating, jet skiing, jet boating, golf (club hire available), quad biking, off-road go-karting, caving and walks on the beach and through the forest. Explore the wetlands and rainforest ecosystems. The township of Moana is nestled on its shores. There are numerous wonderful bush walks here with bird life and many varieties of native trees, orchids, mosses and ferns. Take a fishing safari and catch brown trout. There are excellent places to stay, a licensed café and a service station.

Lake Brunner © Getty Images BELOW RIGHT: Arthur’s Pass © Getty Images

LAKE BRUNNER after 1840s explorer Thomas Brunner

39km SE of Greymouth

Stationhouse Café, Restaurant & Bar

Lake Brunner

• Relaxing dining experience overlooking Lake Brunner. • Indoor/outdoor dining available. • Great cuisine, friendly hospitality. • Open 7 days, 10.30am til late Mon-Fri, 9.30 til late Sat-Sun. Winter hours may vary. • Morning, afternoon tea, lunch with fresh baking, a la carte dining evenings. • Fully licensed. Bookings essential. • 3 hour stopover on TranzAlpine.

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Phone: +64 3 738 0158

Web: www.lakebrunner.net Email: stationhouse@xtra.co.nz Koe St, Moana, Lake Brunner See us on Facebook

ARTHUR’S PASS Arthur Dobson, son of Canterbury Surveyor

Arthur’s Pass Alpine Motel Main Rd (SH 73), Arthur’s Pass Village E: info@apam.co.nz FREEPHONE: 0800 900 401

• Our clean, warm and cosy cabins each sleep 1-5 guests. • All with own bathroom, kitchen, dining table and couch. • Listen for kiwi, watch kea play, enjoy nature at its best. • Walk one of the nearby tracks in Arthur’s Pass National Park. • Free WiFi, TV and DVD in all rooms. • Tariff: $130-$155 for 2 guests, extras $25. Reduced winter rates.

BOOK DIRECT FOR BEST PRICE: www.apam.co.nz

Arthur’s Pass Arthur’s Pass attracts scores of walkers and snowsport enthusiasts heading to the Temple Basin ski area, and with many peaks more than 2000m in height, it’s been popular with mountaineers since the late 19th century. The Arthur’s Pass Track is an easy 2.5-hour walk from the village to view the Dobson Memorial, named after the surveyor who charted this area. The Devils Punchbowl Falls is a mustdo when driving through Arthur’s Pass, with a short hike leading to the 131m giant. Arthur’s Pass village takes care of all the accommodation and dining needs of visitors and is a stop-off on the scenic TranzAlpine train journey that travels between Christchurch and Greymouth daily.

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POUNAMU COUNTRY

Historic Hokitika

Hokitika River © Getty Images

HOKITIKA IS A SMALL TOWN WITH A COOL ARTS VIBE AND STUNNING SCENERY.

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fish and the 100-year-old eels that are

Luminaries, is set in Hokitika

fed daily at 10am, noon and 3pm.

at the height of the 1860s goldrush.

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greenstone, eat whitebait fritters, bike

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WORM DELL.

Auckland.

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trees and birds. Its stunning scenery

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can be enjoyed on a WEST COAST

freshwater lakes and unspoilt bush.

SCENIC WATERWAYS cruise.

Climb HOKITIKA TOWER, 40m above

If you’re here on 7 March 2020, don’t

the forest for a bird’s-eye view to

miss the WILDFOODS FESTIVAL

the Alps. Visit the NATIONAL KIWI

where there’s different tastes and

CENTRE to see the endangered rowi

good music.

kiwi, which can live to 100 years, and

DISCOVER THE REGION’S STORIES OF PEOPLE, POUNAMU AND GOLD AT THE RESTORED 1908 CARNEGIE PUBLIC LIBRARY. THE HANDSOME BUILDING HOUSES A SUPERB COLLECTION OF EXHIBITS THAT GO BACK TO 1864 WHEN THE

Email: admin@hokitikaglass.co.nz Web: www.hokitikaglass.co.nz

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HOKITIKA HISTORY In the late 1860s, Hokitika was the very definition of ‘struck gold’. At the height of its gold rush, the prospering West Coast was throbbing with approximately 12 per cent of New Zealand’s entire population. Visit the Regent Theatre, an art deco building that still shows the latest movies and live shows, plus other events. It’s a stunning piece of architecture, as is the equally elegant St Mary’s Church. ABOVE: St Mary’s Catholic Church, Hokitika © Getty Images

To Ross, Glaciers and South Westland

Jade Discovery Tours Every day, you can join a free guided tour of our jade carving workshop. You’ll discover how we transform raw stone into carved art and meet local artists as they craft jade by hand. We’ll take you on a journey into the important role pounamu plays in Māori culture, exploring its traditional uses and uncovering the legends and stories which breathe life into the stone. Tours run at 9.30am & 2.30pm. No bookings required. 41 Weld Street, Hokitika Open 8am – late.

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West Coast Hokitika Beach © Getty Images

HOKITIKA BEACH Hokitika offers a coastal experience that’s great in any weather. In fact, no visit to Hokitika is complete without a walk along the wild and driftwood-strewn Hokitika Beach where you can feel the power of the Tasman Sea. Head out after rainfall and fossick for pieces of pounamu that have been washed up on the shore. Hokitika Beach is also a great place to enjoy a magnificent West Coast sunset.

HOURS:

Summer 9am-5pm Last admission: 30 minutes before closing

• Feed NZ’s Giant Eels • Guaranteed to see a kiwi • Catch and release a crawly 64 Tancred St, HOKITIKA P/F: +64 3 755 5251 E: natkiwi@xtra.co.nz www.thenationalkiwicentre.co.nz 44

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West Coast Treetop Walkway tower, Hokitika © Birte Becker-Steel / Wilderness Trail ShuttleTourism

STRIDE OUT

Go high up into the canopy on the WEST COAST TREETOP WALKWAY. For panoramic views of the Hokitika Valley, and access to relics of the area’s mining heritage, head up to the RIMU LOOKOUT. Located at the top of Rimu Hill, the one-hour, 4km loop walk takes you over the Kaniere Bridge. Walk to the GLOW WORM DELL from town. There is a lovely fern grotto by day and a stunning galaxy of twinkling glowworms by night. Several walks start from the GOLDSBOROUGH CAMPING AREA, 16km northeast of Hokitika. Other activities include fossicking for gold, picnicking and camping. The HOKITIKA HERITAGE TRAIL/ WALKWAY extends around the perimeter of Hokitika and provides an opportunity to explore aspects of the history of the town and the stunning environment. Pick up a leaflet from the i-SITE.

An exhilarating treetop adventure among temperate rainforest giants. Experience life with birds high in the ancient rimu and kamahi tree canopy. Easy access for all to enjoy along a steel platform 20 metres high and over 450 metres long. Come and enjoy a leisurely 45-minute to one-hour stroll.

Freephone: 0508 TREETOPS www.treetopsnz.com 1128 Woodstock-Rimu Rd, Hokitika RD 3 • 15 minutes south of Hokitika Email: bookings@treetopsnz.com

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West Coast Penguin & fern glass art INSET: Glass blowing at Hokitika Glass Studio BOTH: © Hokitika Glass Studio BELOW: Greenstone (pounamu) carvings in Hokitika © West Coast Tourism

HOKITIKA IS A TOWN THAT NURTURES THE CREATIVE SPIRIT. ARTISTS TAKE INSPIRATION FROM STUNNING WEST COAST

TALENTED TOWN

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xplore Hokitika’s art and craft trail where master carvers open their workshops to visitors as they work on pounamu. Visitors can even design, cut, shape and polish their own greenstone masterpiece. The trail also visits art galleries and other artists’ studios, including glass blowers, gold jewellers, knitters and woodturners. The local availability of abundant minerals and natural materials including ruby rock, found only in Hokitika, and gold, has fostered a community of talented artisans inspired by their surroundings.

SUNSETS AND VIEWS TO IMPOSING AORAKI MT COOK. IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO BUY POUNAMU (GREENSTONE OR NEW ZEALAND JADE), YOU HAVE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE AS THERE IS A WIDE RANGE OF EXPERTLY CRAFTED JEWELLERY AND SCULPTURES SOLD HERE.

• Official accommodation partner with The West Coast Wilderness Cycle Trail • Choose from a variety of different room types to suit your budget: - The Penthouse – magnificent Tasman Sea views with true colours of comfort and luxury - Luxurious and spacious Oceanview Rooms overlooking the rugged Tasman Sea - Elegant Driftwood Rooms • Conveniently located to base yourself in Hokitika and complete each day of the trail with easy driving distance back to your accommodation • Room service • Free parking • Guest laundry service • Restaurant & Bar • Bottle store on site • Secure bike storage on site

111 Revell St, Hokitika Phone: +64 3 755 8344

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Captivating Countyside HOKITIKA GORGE WITH ITS VIVID BLUE WATER IS STUNNING.

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f you think Hokitika Gorge can’t possibly be as good as the photos you’ve seen, think again. Located 33km from Hokitika, the vivid turquoise water and surrounding lush native bush are incredibly beautiful. Take the scenic loop from Hokitika by travelling back via Lake Kaniere, or alternatively turn the other way and head to the West Coast Treetop Walkway on Lake Mahinapua and then head back to Hokitika.

CREATURES CLOSE UP NATIONAL KIWI CENTRE

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lthough kiwi are the stars of the National Kiwi Centre, you will also get to see and learn about other creatures, including crayfish and whitebait. You can take part in the feeding of giant eels (at 10am, noon and 3pm daily) and can get up close to tuatara, New Zealand’s oldest ‘dinosaur’. This attraction, in the centre of Hokitika, is great for children and a perfect solution for a wet day.

Lake Kaniere © Getty Images INSET: Kiwi chick © Tourism NZ

OCEAN PAUA 2000 25 WELD ST HOKITIKA

EMAIL: OCEAN_PAUA@XTRA.CO.NZ

WWW.OCEANPAUA.COM

PH: +64 3 755 6128 OPEN 7 DAYS

Paua, jade, gemstones, Pacific shells, wood carvings, NZ punga & jewellery. A visit to Ocean Paua 2000 will enable you to purchase that special, genuine NZ gift.

a gift with a difference

Beachfront Accommodation

• Direct Beach Access • Opposite Glowworm Dell • Small Farmyard with Animals Located just 3min from Hokitika township and set on an historical, elevated terrace. Surrounded by majestic views of the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea, capturing breathtaking sunsets. Stations Inn offers luxury accommodation and an award-winning restaurant. 11 Blue Spur Road, Hokitika

+64 3 755 5499 • www.stationsinnhokitika.co.nz

16 Richards Drive, Hokitika Email: shining@xtra.co.nz

MOTELS & HOLIDAY PARK

0800 744 646

• Apartments, Chalets, Cabins, Powered and Non-Powered Sites • Free WiFi

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West Coast Ōkārito near Whataroa © Petr Hlavacek

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GLACIER COUNTRY

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he historical township of Ross lies between the Southern Alps and beautiful windswept beaches. In 1909, the town unearthed New Zealand’s largest gold nugget, the 2.81kg ‘Honourable Roddy’. A replica of Roddy is in the museum in the Ross Goldfield’s Information & Heritage Centre. Admire the town’s historical buildings, browse through the craft shops and enjoy the regenerating native forest and old gold workings on the Water Race Walkway. Whataroa is a peaceful and rejuvenating retreat for travellers, and the base for trips to the Waitangi Roto Nature

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER

134km SW of Hokitika on SH 6

Reserve, where New Zealand’s only breeding colony of kōtuku (white heron) nest. Jump on a guided jet-boat tour (October to March) to view the birds from an observation hide. Scenic flights to view the glaciers are also available from Whataroa. The Kotuku Gallery on the main street is flush with Māori artefacts and a certified 3497-year-old whale bone. You may also want to nip into the Petr Hlavacek Gallery. His collection of West Coast photographs perfectly capture the wild essence of the region, often inspiring visitors to continue to Franz Josef in pursuit of frame-worthy snapshots.

WHATAROA tall foodstore platform • 103km SW of Hokitika WHITE HERON SANCTUARY TOURS LTD

• Visit New Zealand’s only White Heron (Kotuku) nesting colony. • View White Heron, Royal Spoonbill and Little Shag. • Scenic Jetboat Cruise into protected Nature Reserve. • 2.5-hour guided tour. Entry by permit only. • Seasonal, September-March. • Motels, studio units and cabins available. 64 Main Rd, Whataroa, South Westland • P: 0800 523 456 www.whiteherontours.co.nz • E: info@whiteherontours.co.nz

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Franz Josef Glacier

THIS IS THE ONLY PLACE ON EARTH WHERE YOU CAN NIP OUT FOR A WALK ON A GLACIER AND BE BACK FOR LUNCH. ALTHOUGH 140 GLACIERS FLOW FROM THE SOUTHERN ALPS, ONLY THE FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIERS REACH THE LOWER RAINFORESTS AND A TRIP TO THE WEST COAST WOULD NOT BE COMPLETE WITHOUT SEEING THEM. Franz Josef Glacier © Getty Images

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by flooding, so check conditions first. PETER’S POOL, a small ‘kettle lake’, is a 30-minute return walk from the glacier road car park. The DOUGLAS WALK (one-hour return) continues from this point and passes moraine from the 1750 AD advance on a well-formed track.

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art of Te Wāhipounamu South West New Zealand World Heritage Area, the Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the jewel in its crown. The village has a dining/café scene and a variety of services and amenities. The glacier is 5km from the village and the walk to the glacier’s terminal face is around 45 minutes from the car park.

Franz Josef Glacier © Petr Hlavacek INSET: Helicopter trip to view Fox Glacier © West Coast Tourism

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lthough the Southern Alps contain thousands of glaciers, only the Franz Josef and Fox glaciers reach the lower rainforests and a trip to the West Coast would not be complete without seeing them.

Franz Josef Glacier is named after Franz Josef I (1830– 1916), who divided his empire and became the emperor of Austria and king of Hungary. The Māori name for the glacier is Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere or the tears of Hinehukatere. Hinehukatere was heartbroken when her lover died while climbing the mountains. Her tears flowed down the mountain as a river of ice and formed the glacier providing a spectacular memorial to her grief.

www.aspencourtfranzjosef.co.nz

These huge tongues of ice cut through the rock of the Southern Alps and flow down to their end points in low lying rainforest clad valleys. The characteristic u-shaped river valleys bear deep horizontal scars from previous glacier retreats. There’s a range of guided walks and climbing experiences to suit all abilities. Heli-hikes and scenic flights with or without snow landings are also available, as is a scenic skydive for the really adventurous. For those with tighter purse strings, a 1.5-hour walk from the Franz Josef Glacier car park (a 15-minute drive from town) will take you within 750m of the glacier of the same name. For views of the Fox Glacier, walk the Fox Glacier South Side Walk, a 2-hour walk that follows the south bank of the Fox River through ancient podocarp rainforest to a bush clad viewpoint. For more information about the 117,547ha Westland Tai Poutini National Park and for weather and track updates, visit the Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre on Cron Street. Leave your drone in your car! Drone use is not permitted in Westland Tai Poutini National Park.

LAKE MAPOURIKA Just north of Franz Josef Glacier is Lake Mapourika. This is South Westland’s largest lake and is renowned for trout and salmon fishing. As the winds sweep high above the lake, the water remains calm and reflects the forest on the lake fringes.

Facilities include: • King-size beds • Kitchens • Free WiFi • Spa bath units • Radiator and underfloor heating • Guest laundry For further details visit

New motel complex within Franz Josef Village. Opened January 2014. Comprises executive studio, one and two-bedroom luxury units. Complex surrounded by native bush and only a 2-minute walk to bars, cafés etc. Tariff: from $205 (2 persons).

Reservations Freephone:

Ph +64 3 752 0210 0800 752 222 E: franzjosef@aspencourt.co.nz

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Ice Caves GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR INNER INUIT AND EXPLORE THESE NATURAL WONDERS ON A GUIDED TOUR (WITH ALL GEAR PROVIDED) OF THE GLACIERS. ICE CAVES FORM NATURALLY IN THE FRANZ JOSEF AND FOX GLACIER REGIONS, WHEN ICE MELTS OR WIND CARVES THROUGH THE GLACIER.

Guided tour, Fox Glacier © West Coast Tourism

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he Franz Josef and Fox glaciers are huge, rapidly flowing glaciers that flow almost to sea level and are reactive to changes in local weather conditions. The glaciers have been seen to both advance and retreat, but have been retreating overall. The West Coast’s high annual rain and snowfall means that approximately 30m of snow falls on the glacier’s névé every year. With snowfall pushing ice down the valleys at a very high rate, their flow rates are up to 10 times faster than most valley glaciers.

CHATEAU BACKPACKERS & MOTELS

• Perfectly located and nestled in a rainforest, Chateau Backpackers & Motels offer a range of private motel rooms and high-end luxury dorm rooms. • All of which include Free unlimited WiFi, Free breakfast, Free soup and Free international phone calls. • Tariff: $25-$150 (2 persons). 8 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier • P: +64 3 752 0738 www.chateaunz.co.nz • E: franz@chateaunz.co.nz

FOX GLACIER

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157km SW of Hokitika on SH 6

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West Coast

Fox Glacier Lake Matheson & Paringa

Lake Matheson © Getty Images

F

ox Glacier township offers a more intimate ‘village’ experience than its neighbour Franz Josef. Tucked into the rainforest-clad foothills of the Southern Alps, the town is geared up for glacier walks, hikes and flights. There is a range of facilities here and an award-winning café and art

gallery with beautiful views just 5km away at Lake Matheson. Famous for reflecting a nearperfect image of Aoraki Mt Cook, Lake Matheson is 5km west of Fox Glacier township. A tiny lake well protected from the wind, its ale-coloured waters are often

LAKE MATHESON after local butcher/shopkeeper Murdoch Matheson

6km NW of Fox Glacier

Flag acknowledging it as a green space that meets sustainability, conservation and heritage criteria.

incredibly still, providing the perfect mirror for the mountains above and best viewed at sunrise and sunset. The area features abundant bird life and is a great place for picnics, swimming and bushwalks. The Lake Matheson Walk is a definite mustdo. It has an international Green

Between Fox Glacier and Haast is Paringa, a haven for anglers and hunters. Here you can go bat-spotting and dine at a boutique salmon farm.

PARINGA 68km SW of Fox Glacier

THE SALMON FARM CAFE & SHOP Set in beautiful native forest overlooking Waituna Creek and the spectacular Paringa River Valley.

Specialising in fresh and smoked salmon The licensed café features a variety of home-cooked food to suit most tastes and budgets. Feed the salmon, purchase salmon products, souvenirs and crafts. Free Entry. Ph/Fax: 03 751 0837 Email: salmonfarm@xtra.co.nz State Highway 6, Paringa River, South Westland 7834

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West Coast Haast Beach • INSET: Ship Creek, Haast BOTH IMAGES: © West Coast Tourism

Haast SOMEWHAT A LONE RANGER UNTIL 1965 WHEN IT WAS FINALLY LINKED TO THE REST OF THE WEST COAST HIGHWAY, HAAST FEELS UNDER EXPLORED BUT WHOLLY INVITING.

HAAST after explorer and geologist Julius von Haast • 121km SW of Fox Glacier

Knitwear • Honey • Gifts @ Haast

New Zealand-made Merino Possum clothing, Possum Skin and Fur products, Manuka Honey, Wild Ferns Skincare products, live working bee hive display.

Santana

Tahutahi Road, Haast • Ph/Fax: +64 3 750 0791 E: shop@santana.co.nz • www.santana.co.nz Free overnight parking for self-contained campervans 54

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he road over the Haast Pass is one of the most scenic in the country. The journey offers a variable landscape of rainforest, wetlands, lakes, glacier-fed rivers and white-water rapids. The Haast Highway has numerous lookouts, walks and waterfalls, most well signposted and easily accessed from the highway, with the glassy Blue Pools of Haast just north of Makarora a particular standout. A gravel path leads to glacier-fed water in deep azure pools and the water is so clear

you can see right to the bottom, creating an optical illusion of the brown trout suspended in mid air. Other highlights along the way are the Roaring Billy Falls, the Pleasant Flat Picnic Area, Thunder Creek Falls, Fantail Falls and Cameron Creek.

• Located in the Haast township (just off SH 6) • Come & enjoy our iconic West Coast bar & restaurant • Cosy fire and surroundings • Buses welcome • Excellent lunch and dinner menus • World-famous fish & chips • West Coast whitebait here! • Open 7 days: New opening hours: 10am till late (hours may vary over winter season)

South Westland, Haast • Ph: +64 3 750 0034 Email: darcy.hardantler@hotmail.com PAGE 7 - REGIONAL MAP


West Coast Haast countryside © West Coast Tourism

SURROUNDED BY THICK FOREST, HAAST ATTRACTS VISITORS FOR FISHING, HUNTING, HIKING, NATURE TOURS, SCENIC FLIGHTS, RIVER SAFARIS AND JET-BOAT RIDES.

View our memorial photo wall of local venison hunters and pilots   03 750 0825

ASURE ASPIRING COURT MOTEL HAAST

• 13 x ground-floor units facing the afternoon sun. • Studio, 1 & 2-bedroom units, kitchen units, queen-size beds. • Sky TV. Ample parking. Complimentary WiFi. Guest laundry. • Stroll to shops & restaurants. 5min drive to beach. • Tariff: $130-$185 (2 persons). Seasonal rates. Marks Rd, Haast Township • P: +64 3 750 0703 • Res: 0800 500 703 www.aspiringcourtmotel.com • E: info@aspiringcourtmotel.com

Cool wee country store stocking groceries, fresh fruit and veges, frozen goods, snack foods, takeaway hot food, drinks, cone ice creams and great coffees! 425 Haast-Jackson Bay Road, Haast • P: +64 3 750 0825 E: info@haastbeach.nz • www.haastbeach.nz

HERITAGE PARK LODGE

• Ground-floor motel units in quiet native bush setting with all day sun. • Studio, 1 & 2-brm family units. Centrally located – 100m walk to shop, café, bar & restaurant. • Free WiFi. Freeview. 5min drive to beach. • Tariff: $115-$185 (2 persons). Seasonal rates. 10 Marks Rd , Haast • P: +64 3 750 0868 • Res: 0800 52 62 52 www.heritageparklodge.co.nz • E: info@heritageparklodge.co.nz

HAAST RIVER MOTELS & HOLIDAY PARK

• We have a wide range of quality accommodation – motels, self-contained bunk room & ensuite to suit individuals, couples, families & large groups with spacious sites for your caravans, RVs & tents. • Tariff: from $40-$285 (2p) seasonal. 52 Haast Pass Hwy (SH 6), Haast • P: +64 3 750 0020 • Res: 0800 624 847 www.haastrivermotels.co.nz • E: info@haastrivermotels.co.nz

• Located in a rural setting at Haast Beach and just a few minutes drive to local restaurants and bars. • A short 200m walk to a magnificent beach. • Studio and family units available. • Grocery store & petrol station on site.

417-425 Haast-Jackson Bay Road, Haast • P: +64 3 750 0803 E: info@haastbeach.nz • www.haastbeach.nz • Host: Nicola Johnston

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West Coast Thomas River Hut at the Haast Catchment near Thomas River © Department of Conservation

6 OF THE BEST EXPERIENCES IN HAAST

1

WAIATOTO RIVER CRUISE

You might expect a jet-boat tour on the Waiatoto River to be like others in New Zealand: a fast, stomach-flipping experience at hair-raising high speeds. In complete contrast, this adventure errs on the side of slow and sedate. Passengers cruise up the river at a leisurely pace, with on board commentary and a chance to step out and absorb the scenery. With so much untouched natural beauty, including blue glacial water and subtropical rainforest, it’s not to be rushed.

2

WHITEBAIT – NET, CATCH & DEVOUR

Haast is West Coast whitebait country so you’re never too far from catching or eating it. The Curly Tree Whitebait Company serves a morish whitebait patty from its no-nonsense truck, but if you’re more inclined to catch your own, the whitebaiting season

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commences 1 September until 14 November. In the West Coast the season starts a little later and finishes earlier than the rest of New Zealand. Just so you don’t step on the local’s toes, go to www.doc.govt.nz for more info.

3

WEST COAST SUNSETS

The route from Haast to Jackson Bay is littered with irresistible beaches, as well as dunes, lakes and wetlands. As night falls, the most spellbinding sunsets are often admired from Haast Beach. Grab a scoop of chips, a warm blanket and park your derriere on the sand.

4

FISHING IN JACKSONS BAY

Before you even cast your line, the road to Jackson Bay will leave you feeling giddy. Often rated as one of the West Coast’s ‘best kept secrets’, it’s a pure visual splendour. Once at Jackson Bay,

the natural deep-water wharf is replete with cod, groper and terakihi.

5

DINE AT THE CRAYPOT

Not unsurprisingly The Craypot serves crayfish. Something of a local landmark and perched on roadside by the sea, guests feast on both the views and the region’s plumpest crayfish. There are no airs or graces to be found here, just simple good grub, caught locally and served with a smile.

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SCENIC FLIGHT

Discover unadulterated lakes and native rainforest so dense it’s by and large untouched by human footprint. By soaring over the West Coast’s dramatic landscape of hidden rivers, glaciers and cascading cliffs by plane or helicopter, you’ll appreciate the remoteness of this spectacularly beautiful region.

H

aast is at the heart of Te Wāhipounamu UNESCO World Heritage area, a 2.6 million hectare landscape covering four national parks. There are small settlements, Haast Junction, Haast Beach and Haast itself, each with its own frontier town atmosphere. Helicopters fly deer hunters into the rugged ranges and local pubs display the mounted trophy heads of their kill. Everywhere you look is thick rainforest. Go fishing, tramping, take a nature tour, scenic flight, river safari or jet-boat ride. Look out for fantails, kaka and kiwi in the lowland forests.

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• Feed NZ’s Giant Eels • Guaranteed to see a kiwi • Catch and release a crawly 64 Tancred St, HOKITIKA P/F: +64 3 755 5251 E: natkiwi@xtra.co.nz www.thenationalkiwicentre.co.nz


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Marlborough, Nelson Tasman & West Coast Must-Do's 2020  

From Marlborough, Nelson Tasman and all the way down the West Coast, this guide provides vital information on activities and attractions, as...

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