West Coast region: No people equals no problems
The West Coast region is the least populated region in New Zealand, making it an excellent area to travel to if you are looking to really escape the city or avoid any large crowds.
Many of its locations remain wild and untouched, offering some of the best nature walks and encounters in the country. It is even better if you manage to catch a day of no rain. It’s not at all unusual to go hours without the sight or sound of other people, which is an experience in itself these days.
Phone network coverage can be very limited in areas, which can be a blessing in disguise for those who are trying to get away from it all.
It also offers a smorgasbord of outdoor activities, from walking on the largest glaciers in the country, to scenic helicopter rides, to visiting the largest kiwi hatching facility.
Greymouth is the largest town, and has a strong mining heritage you can explore. Hokitikia is a great spot for some iconic ‘fish and chips’, often with some fish varieties you can struggle to find in your local supermarket. Fox Glacier and Franz Joseph are strong tourist towns that are the gateways to the glaciers and some of the best day walks in the country. Haast has an excellent pub.