West Coast Campevan Holiday
The West Coast is the narrow strip of land between the South Island’s Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea. It is memorable for its backdrop of mountain peaks, the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers, limestone landscapes, lakes and rivers, lush rainforest and a magnificent, wild coastline. There's so much discovering to do in this popular motorhoming part of New Zealand
- The West Coast contains the largest area of protected land of any region in New Zealand and provides access to five of New Zealand’s 14 national parks.
- The southern west coast is part of the larger South West New Zealand area designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its recognition as a ‘special place’ in the world.
- This diverse landscape also makes the West Coast an adventure destination for adrenaline thrills such as heli-hiking on glaciers, skydiving and rafting.
Awatuna is home to just a handful of West Coast folks and the Awatuna Homestead, a popular Bed & Breakfast. Organised activities are few and far between in this neck of the woods however for a taste of the West Coast foraging lifestyle, head to Awatuna River where whitebaiters shanties – rough corrugated iron shelters – line its banks from top to toe.
Charleston, a blink and you would miss it township, was once the site of the one of the greatest gold rushes in the history of the West Coast. More than 14,000 people lived here during its peak from 1866 through to 1870.
Haast is a small township in the centre of a diverse region famous for its dramatic coastline - sweeping beaches, rugged cliffs and striking rock formations. Haast’s wild and remote landscape remained relatively undisturbed until 1965, when the township was finally linked by road to the rest of the West Coast.
This road trip from stunning Queenstown to sunny Nelson takes in the wild and remote west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, with some charming pockets of civilisation along the way. The scenery you will see along the route is some of the best the country has to offer. The drive is around 10 hours, so is best spread over two or even three days.
Punakaiki is a township with a permanent holiday air; nikau palms cling obstinately to layered rock escarpments, adding tropical appeal, and locals and visitors alike amble along the beach collecting pieces of polished, pure-white quartz.
Reefton was once the site of an 1800s gold mining boom, and the first town in the Southern Hemisphere to have electric street lighting. Stroll along the main street of Broadway to see the town’s wealth of historical buildings: the 1870s Forsyth and Masters Store, the 1886 Reefton School of Mines, and the old 1873 courthouse.