West Coast

The West Coast of the Southern Alps boasts five of New Zealand’s fourteen national parks – Kahurangi, Paparoa, Arthur’s Pass, Westland, Mt Aspiring -along with the South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. Among the scenic treasures to be found on the West Coast are New Zealand’s highest mountains, lowest glaciers, finest lowland rain forests (with the tallest trees), wildest beaches, longest caves and most natural rivers.

During Winter months the warmer current of the Tasman Sea make the West Coast’s temperatures relatively mild compared to other parts of the South Island. Winter weather on the West Coast is generally very settled, with crisp mornings, blue skies, and snow on the mountain tops giving the region a wonderful fresh feel.