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West Coast

The West Coast is a remote region hemmed in by the Tasman Sea and the Southern Alps and is one of the least populated areas of the South Island. Visitors have a choice of tour companies who will whisk you away on a breathtaking helicopter flight or take you on a guided foot tour of the Fox and Franz Joseph Glaciers. Depending on fitness levels, visitors can explore the fascinating ice formations, caves and arches, and learn the exhilarating sport of ice climbing.

In the 1860’s thousands flocked to the West Coast to make their fortunes. Shantytown is a replica gold mining town where you can enjoy a steam train ride, do some gold panning and hear stories from the gold rushes of the 1890’s.

Be sure to visit Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and blowholes. A feast for the senses, the blowholes operate at high tide and are best on a blustery day.

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