1. Witness History Being Made
Explore one of the two most accessible glaciers in the world, the Fox Glacier or Franz Josef Glacier. Retreating at the moment, the two glaciers are living proof of our impact on our fragile climate. Learn more about experiencing the glaciers at 7 Ways to Take on New Zealand’s Glaciers.
Location:Franz Josef and Fox Glacier
2. Be Part of a Close Encounter
The West Coast of New Zealand harbours three wildlife centres. Some of which are home to brown kiwi, where you can get to know New Zealand’s flightless mascot. Alternatively, see a rare species called the white heron while on an eco-tour of the Okarito Lagoon.
Location: Franz Josef, Hokitika and Okarito
3. Pace yourself and enjoy the journey
The Great CoastRoad that links Westport and Greymouth has been described asone of the “Top 10 Coastal Drives in the World”, that’s got to be worth something, right?
Location:State Highway 6
4. See it for yourself!
The Oparara Valley in Karamea hides a pretty well-kept secret: one of the largest limestone arches in the Southern Hemisphere! Go check it out in the Oparara Basin in the Kahurangi National Park.
5. Embark on a world-class train journey
Location: Greymouth, Arthur’s Pass, Christchurch
6. Immerse in the mining history
The west coast of New Zealand has a rich mining history. Around the Denniston Plateau, you will find breathtaking scenic views of mining areas along with dark but accessible coal mines. The Denniston Plateau is also a top spot for mountain biking on the West Coast.
7. Make your own souvenir
New Zealand’s jade is called “pounamu”. It is plentiful near Hokitika where you canbe taught how to carve it intoyour own jade souvenir. Learn more in our 5 Hokitika Must-Dos.
8. Take snaps of the Pancake Rocks
You cannot drive along the West Coast of New Zealand without stopping by Punakaiki nestled in the Paparoa National Park. It’s most famous attraction are the pancake stack-like limestone formation and powerful blowholes.
9. Delve into the Bluest Pools
One of the most popular stops on the Haast Highway is the Blue Pools walking track. The 15-minute walk will lead you straight to a turquoise river bluer than any postcard picture could ever show so blue that you will want to jump in!
10. Check out New Zealand’s most reflective lake
Lake Matheson reflects a picture-perfect view of the Southern Alps on a clear day. Check it out for yourself on the Lake Matheson Loop Walk (1h40min loop). It’s one of the many great things to do in Fox Glacier.
Location: Fox Glacier township.