Visit West Coast Region with Mighway

Hire a campervan in West Coast Region


The West Coast region of New Zealand’s South Island is a hauntingly beautiful collection of natural attractions that will blow your mind. This sparsely populated region is a popular tourist attraction for its many and varied natural attractions. The West Coast comprises of the Buller, Grey and Westland districts, with the primary towns being Hokitika, Greymouth and Westport. Because it spans such a large geographic distance, particularly for a South Island region, the climate on the West Coast varies. This region is paticularly known for its incredible natural features, from a long and varied coastline to mountains and glaciers. Of specific interest are the rock formations that occur throughout, including pancake rocks and natural arches. Your winter holiday to the West Coast is the perfect excuse to try out all of the adventure you’ve been missing out on as you go about your daily life! Go for a walk on a glacier or check out a romantic bed and breakfast with your spouse. Whether you’re in town for an epic adventure or family vacation, the West Coast is a stunning choice for your winter getaway. The best way to see the West Coast is driving around in your own campervan. Rent a motorhome with Mighway, and let the journey unfold!

Campervan Hire West Coast Region


Discover NZ 2
$234 / Day

Discover NZ 2

Christchurch, Canterbury

Sleeps 4
Length 6m
Toilet
Shower

 Odyssey
$129 / Day

Odyssey

Christchurch, Canterbury

Sleeps 2
Length 7m
Toilet
Shower

#1 The Can Do Van
$70 / Day

#1 The Can Do Van

Kaiapoi, Canterbury

Sleeps 2
Length 5m

Timeout in The Trusty Trout
$130 / Day

Timeout in The Trusty Trout

Christchurch, Canterbury

Sleeps 4
Length 4.7m
Toilet

Land Cruiser Rooftop Double Tent
$290 / Day

Land Cruiser Rooftop Double Tent

Wanaka, Otago

Sleeps 5

Immaculate T-Line 785 Roller team motorhome
$280 / Day

Immaculate T-Line 785 Roller team motorhome

Christchurch, Canterbury

Sleeps 5
Length 7.4m
Toilet
Shower

Homy
$120 / Day

Homy

Timaru, Canterbury

Sleeps 2
Length 6m
Toilet

The Tow N Go Weekender
$25 / Day

The Tow N Go Weekender

Ashburton, Canterbury

Sleeps 2

Places to Visit near West Coast Region


Glacier Hot Pools

Nestled in lush rainforest, the Glacier Hot Pools is a haven of natural tranquility. Our pools are the perfect way to unwind and experience a blissful state of pure relaxation after travelling along Te Tai o Poutini (The West Coast). Our three main pools weave their way through the rainforest and offer a superb place to relax and rejuvenate amongst nature. Ranging in temperature from 36 to 40 degrees centigrade, and covered by giant sails offering protection from the elements, the pools are in perfect synergy with the environment.

Our private pools are surrounded by majestic rainforest and offer total, natural seclusion. A private pool experience includes private changing facilities with towels and complimentary entry into the main pools. The fresh glacier water for the private pools is re-filtered after every use.

West Coast Wildlife Centre

The West Coast Wildlife Centre is a unique and interactive experience that brings together nature, conservation and wildlife all under one roof! Our all-weather attraction is fun for all ages to explore and takes place against the stunning backdrop of the Franz Josef Glacier.

Take a self-guided tour of our indoor attraction and see Rowi kiwi in our natural bush walk, or purchase our famous Backstage Pass combo ticket to get a first-hand, behind the scenes look at our hatching and incubation programme.

Don't miss our Glacier area, or Wild West Coast storytelling old hut, to discover the incredible stories and pioneering spirit that brought explorers over to The Glaciers in the past, and still does so to this very day.

Hokitika Beach

Hokitika is the only town centre on the West Coast located by the beach. And what a beach it is! Rough, strewn with driftwood and boasting beautiful sunsets and views, plus awesome views of New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki/Mt Cook. Every year in January, Hokitika holds an annual Driftwood & Sand Festival where pieces of art are created out of all the driftwood. Now in it's 13th year past works have included a giant hand, a large bird, a huge fish hook, an eel, a cube, a dancer and a life-sized turtle.

Kids love scouring the sand for pounamu, washed down from nearby rivers too.

Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier is spectacular. Full stop. It provides a rare opportunity to experience a dynamic glacier in a temperate environment, within easy driving and walking distance from the main highway. Just six kilometres from the centre of the village, Franz Josef Glacier/Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere descends from the tops of the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana into rainforest close to sea level. Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere means the 'The tears of Hinehukatere' in Māori . According to Māori legend, Hinehukatere persuaded her lover to climb the mountain with her but he slipped and fell to his death. Hinehukatere's neverending tears created the mighty glacier.

Franz Josef is the name of both the glacier and the nearby village, though the Maori names are different. The small but lively Franz Josef Waiau village is surrounded by lush rainforest with the high snow-capped Alps above.

Franz Josef village is on State Highway 6 and is 2 hours by car from Hokitika, 5.75 hours from Wanaka and 25 minutes from Fox Glacier village. And the glacier is five kilometres from the village. From the glacier car park it’s a 45-minute walk to the public glacier viewing point.

Campgrounds and Parks near West Coast Region


Theatre Royal Hotel Kumara

Step back into yesteryear when The Theatre Royal Hotel attracted visiting troupes and entertainers from all across the world!

Built in 1876, at the beginning of the Kumara gold rush, the Hotel was the meeting, entertaining and playing place for the miners who had arrived in Kumara, from all around the world. The first owners were Annie and Otto Anderson. Otto was from Scandinavia and Annie from Germany. Prior to the first church being built, confirmations were held in the Hotel. A thirty metre theatre was added and travelling shows would come from England and America to perform. The famous New Zealand poet, Thomas Bracken, was a popular guest performer. Richard John Seddon was often known to take to the stage and sing.

Dancing girls were employed to “dance” with the miners. One of the rooms was sound-proofed, with walls lined with sawdust, which was used when more than dancing was required. When the gold was being struck, the message would be passed down to Annie to get the dancing girls ready, as “the boys were coming to town”.

When current owners Kerrie and Mark Fitzgibbon purchased the hotel in 2010 it was derelict, vandalised and in total disrepair. Two years were spent with local tradesmen working to restore and rebuild the old building, which holds many special memories for Coasters of today.

The Hotel was reopened in November 2012 and was presented with the HANZ Award for Excellence as the Best New/Redeveloped Accommodation Hotel in New Zealand in 2013. The Hotel has since been awarded the HANZ Award for Excellence as New Zealand’s Best Country Hotel in 2014 and again in 2015.

If you are on the West Coast don’t miss the opportunity to stop in for a drink, a meal, or spend the night! The staff will happily show you around and tell the tales of times gone by.

The walls contain many stories.

Visit Theatre Royal Hotel Kumara

Lake Brunner Country Motel & Holiday Park

Situated 2km from Moana and Lake Brunner on the West Coast of the South Island, New Zealand.

Lake Brunner Country Motel, Cottages, Cabin Lodge, Campervan/Caravan Park & tent sites near Moana, is a unique concept on 6 acres of landscaped park like grounds, surrounded by some of the finest West Coast native forest and the South Island Southern Alps as a backdrop.

Well suited for your vacation. Selected by National Newspaper the ‘Sunday Star Times’ as the Best Motel Complex on the West Coast of the South Island for under $200 a night.

Visit Lake Brunner Country Motel & Holiday Park

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