West Coast Region Guide
Rugged, Wild, isolated, untamed- the west coast is a region of surprising beauty.
With a population of only 31,000 and separated from the rest of New Zealand by the Southern Alps it is seemingly a million miles away from civilisation it offers some of the most ruggedly beautiful scenery some what reminiscent of England’s West country Cornwall, here you will find some of the great unexplored regions of New Zealand. The west coast is a rugged and primeval region that plunges westward from the Southern Alps through luxuriant rain forest to a rugged coastline.
There are great national parks like Mt Aspiring and parts of Arthur’s pass and the lower half of the West Coast has one of the largest protected wildernesses in the world. This region of New Zealand is isolated from the rest of the South Island because of the huge Southern Alps mountain range, this mountain range extends for nearly 600 km and is bigger in area than the European Alps put together.
Visitors to the West coast find many activities on offer, including a plane or helicopter ride from both Franz Joseph and Fox townships, over the glaciers and mountains with some flights actually landing in the mountains.