Top of the West Coast - What to See and Do

The region is well known for its rich coal mining history in addition to its abundant unique natural attractions and warm, mild weather. 

Take advantage of the weather while visiting the Oparara limestone arches in Karamea and Kahurangi National Park, experiencing the noisy bluster of the seal colony at Cape Foulwind, or the beauty of Carters Beach near Westport.

The Northern West Coast includes areas such as:

  • Karamea.
  • Little Wanganui.
  • Seddonville.
  • Mokihinui.
  • Hector.
  • Ngakawau.
  • Granity.
  • Waimangaroa.
  • The Denniston Plateau.
  • Westport with Cape Foulwind, Tauranga Bay and Carters Beach.
  • The Buller Gorge.

WESTPORT

Westport is a coastal township located near the mouth of the Buller River. More...

The Denniston Plateau is home to one of the richest, high quality coal seams in New Zealand and for decades it was the country's largest producing coal mine.

THE DENNISTON PLATEAU

The Denniston Plateau is home to one of the richest, high quality coal seams in New Zealand and for decades it was the country's largest producing coal mine. More...

West Coast Surf! For authentic surf lessons with an NZ surf legend in a stunning natural environment

WEST COAST SURF SCHOOL

For authentic surf lessons with an NZ surf legend in a stunning natural environment. More...

Mountain bikers and trampers in search of the ultimate back-country adventure need look no further than The Old Ghost Road.

THE OLD GHOST ROAD CYCLE TRACK

The 85km-long Old Ghost Road traverses native forest, open tussock tops, river flats and forgotten valleys, providing days of adventure and huts for mountain bikers and trampers. More...

OPARARA EXPERIENCE

OPARARA ARCHES

See the home of the extinct moa bird and the limestone archways. More...

CHARMING CREEK WALKWAY Scenery and history combine in this walk along an historic bush tramway, with vistas up and down the Ngakawau Gorge, alongside an unfolding view of the Mangatini Falls

CHARMING CREEK WALKWAY

Scenery and history combine in this walk along an historic bush tramway, with vistas up and down the Ngakawau Gorge, alongside an unfolding view of the Mangatini Falls. More...

TAURANGA BAY FUR SEAL COLONY

A short walk with spectacular ocean views, steeple rocks, and a large year-round fur seal colony. More...

THE HEAPHY TRACK FROM KARAMEA Travel through expansive tussock downs, lush forests and nīkau palms to the roaring seas of the West Coast.

THE HEAPHY TRACK FROM KARAMEA

Travel through expansive tussock downs, lush forests and nīkau palms to the roaring seas of the West Coast. More...