How to Boss a Rainy Day in Westport!
Don’t let the rain stop your play! In Westport, you can learn to love the rain as much as the plants. The West Coast town has a great selection of activities nearby where you’re going to get wet anyway. Whether it’s surfing, white water rafting or mountain biking in the mud, some things are just more epic on a rainy day in Westport.
Alternatively, you can find things to do around town that will keep you dry as a bone. Check out some of the history at the Coaltown Museum or on the role-playing activity of the Denniston Experience. A good beverage at the breweries or a warm coffee in the many cafes is a good way to go to. So check out the list below on how to spend a rainy day in Westport! And by the way, if you need a place to stay, how about these 10 Best Boutique Accommodation in Westport?
1. Taste Some Awesome Beers
As a good New Zealand town, Westport is home to a few breweries. One of the most famous in town is West Coast Brewery that offers tours, tastings and a whole lot of laughter. The town is also dotted of many pubs, 13 of them in fact, so go on your own pub crawl and forget all about that grey sky.
Location: The West Coast Brewery is on Lyndhurst Street, Westport
2. Check Out the Art Galleries
Take your pick or do them all! Westport has heaps of art galleries around town. Honeycomb Gallery, Whakane Gallery or Peter Homewood’s Art Gallery are some of the most popular but don’t miss the Art Hotel either for some stunning paintings.
Location: Honeycomb Gallery – 204 Palmerston Street, Whakane Gallery – 173 Palmerston Street, Art Hotel – 10 Brougham Street
3. Charming Creek Walkway
This hike has it all and looks all the more epic under the rain or shortly after it: a swingbridge, rainforest, tunnels, and, of course, waterfalls! The larger waterfall of the hike grows to an impressive size after a good rainfall – an unmissable sight if you are lucky enough to encounter rain in the area. It’s one of the 5 Westport Must-Dos.
Location: 35km (22 miles) northeast of Westport. It is clearly signposted off State Highway 67. Start the Charming Creek Walkway fromNgakawau, which is clearly signposted off State Highway 67. If mountain biking, the easiest direction is from Seddonville, take Charming Creek Road.
4. Go Exercise
Westport is a town on the move. Gym prices start as low as NZ$6 a session! The town also has a brand new sports complex complete with an indoor heated swimming pool. This is your chance to get rid of that excess weight that you have been carrying since your last potluck dinner.
Location: Solid Energy Centre (swimming pool) – Corner of Pakington and Domett Streets, 24-hour gym – 54-56 Russell St
5. Grab a Coffee
Like many towns in New Zealand, Westport has loads of great coffee places spread around the many colourful streets. Whakane Coffee & Art Gallery is a hot spot on cold days and so is the Granola Bar. But stray around and discover your own little hidden gems – coffee places come and go every day in New Zealand.
Location: All over town! Whakane Coffee & Gallery – 173 Palmerston Street, The Granola Bar of Westport – 275 Post Road East
6. Visit the Coaltown Museum
Proud of its heritage, Westport features a great museum dedicated to the local history which is, you guessed it, Coal mining! The museum offers a wide variety of artefacts and scenes from the coal era that made Westport the town that it is now.
Location: 123-125 Palmerston Street, Westport
7. Give Caving a Try
Hiding in caves is the most primal way to spend a rainy day, isn’t it? Only a few kilometres away from Westport, the small town of Charleston hides some of the most beautiful caves of the South Island. Visitors can make the most of it by taking part in an ultimate caving experience involving tubing and climbing! Alternatively, you can take a walking tour.
Location: Charleston is 27km (18 miles) southwest of Westport.
8. Go Mountain Biking
Wait for a break in the rain, grab a bike and go crazy! We all know that mountain biking is much more fun in the mud. The tracks are more challenging and even the easiest track can turn into an extreme sport. Check out the tracks at the Kawatiri Beach Reserve!
Location: Kawatiri Beach Reserve along North Beach.
If it’s already rainy then you might as well get really wet! Zip up your wetsuit and get yourself to North Beach or Tauranga Bay for some of Westport’s famous surf breaks! Check out more 7 Places to Surf in the South Island.
Location: North Beach surf break is at the end of North Beach next to the Buller River. Tauranga Bay is 17km (10.5 miles) west of Westport. Take State Highway 67a onto Tauranga Bay Road.
10. Go White Water Rafting
In the same spirit of being wet anyway, did you know that only a short drive away from Westport is the Buller River, one of New Zealand’s most epic rivers for white water rafting? With its huge amount of rapids, you are sure to get as wet as it gets and forget all about this pesky rain. For more white water rafting inspiration, check out 7 Places to go White Water Rafting in New Zealand.
Location: Various operators can be found in the region.
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