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Westport is located at the North of the West Coast. The area is dominated by lush native bush, lakes, rivers, and rugged coastline, all overseen by the great Southern Alps. The northern West Coast has one of the mildest climates in New Zealand, perfect for scenic walks, amazing adventures, and relaxation on the wonderful beaches.

With two national parks, Kahurangi and Paparoa and extensive bushlands, there are many walking and tramping tracks providing access to one of the world's most beautiful natural environments. The forests are host to a myriad of native birds including rare species, while at Cape Foulwind you can visit a seal breeding colony.

For more inquisitive or adventurous types, descend into an underground labyrinth, investigate a limestone cavern system, challenge the white waters by raft or kayak, surge the rivers by jet boat, or explore the bushlands by mountain bike, Argos, or on horseback. Raft through the surf on a dolphin encounter, tube raft through underworld tunnels and glow worm grottos, grab a surfboard and ride the big West Coast waves, or take hold of a fishing rod on a chartered fishing boat. Jump in a unimog and go for a spin.

There are many exciting places to dine, some award-winning, and many offering local delicacies from the land, sea and rivers. Try the local range of beers from the local boutique brewery, Miners. Wherever you are staying, bars, restaurants and cafes are always close by. Dine in a street cafe, enjoy a unique dining experience in an unusual local building or watch the sun set as you dine overlooking the surf of the Tasman Sea.

The area is rich in kiwi history, from the arrival of the explorers to the thousands of gold hunters of the 1860s, the traders, early settlers, farmers and coal miners. Historical interpretation centers and museums, including Coaltown in Westport and the Reefton Visitor Centre 'Quartzpolis Mine', provide a fascinating insight into the region's turbulent past. There is still gold in the local streams for you to try your hand at panning and you can explore the old mines and relics throughout the region.

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Westport Whitebait Festival Deb Webber Show Operatunity Presents: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas An Déise (Ireland) Tui Birds and Friends
Westport Whitebait Festival
Saturday 21 October 2017
Deb Webber Show
Westport RSA, Westport
Sunday 12 November 2017
Operatunity Presents: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
NBS Theatre, Westport
Tuesday 28 November 2017
An Déise (Ireland)
NBS Theatre, Westport
Wednesday 30 August 2017
Tui Birds and Friends
NBS Theatre, Westport
Friday 1 September 2017

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Westport News

 18 Aug 2017 

The Press
West Coast residents unite against new hospital plans in Westport
The Press
"Get up, stand up" could be heard in harmony from a group of concerned West Coast residents protesting a proposed new hospital in their town. About 500 people held hands to form two lines around the current Buller Hospital in Westport on Friday to show ...

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