Westport, The West Coast, South Island, New Zealand


Westport is an historic port town and the gateway to the Northern West Coast.
It is at the end of the Lewis Pass road from Christchurch, which enters the West Coast region at Maruia Springs…
you’ll know you’re entering the West Coast when the forest starts to thicken, the mountains become more majestic,
 the air gets fresher and the climate improves.
 Westport is right on the coast and is a great base exploring the region’s many attractions.
 There are adventure activities like jet boating, rafting, caving and horse trekking, as well as coal mine tours,
 the Coal Town museum will give insight as to how life was for the early coal miners and
here you can walk through a simulated underground coal mine.
 The smart traveler will turn north and head up to Karamea after exploring Westport region and visit the
 quaint coastal towns of Granity, Hector, Ngakawa, Mokihinui and Seddonville before heading over
 the spectacular bluff road through the Kahurangi National Park to Karamea.

To the south lies Cape Foulwind.
Ship captains, who found it difficult to fill their sails due to lack of breeze,
rather than the evil aroma the name suggests, named the cape.
Here you will find the Cape Foulwind Seal Colony,
and a coastal walkway giving views of  magnificent West Coast sunsets on clear days.

Things to do in Westport:

  • Coaltown Museum,
  • Shopping,
  • Cafes, Restaurants,
  • Adventure activities,
  • Coal mine tours,
  • Jet boating,
  • Horse trekking,
  • Art galleries,
  • Brewery tour and much more.

Cape Foulwind:

  • Seal colony,
  • Lighthouse walkway,
  • Surfing

Westport HarbourSunset