The untamed West Coast is bursting with natural wonders - So much so that its southern region has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don’t think twice about hiring an RV for this one, because it’s a 600km stretch of exotic rainforests, raging rivers and giant glaciers. The Great Coast Road is so extraordinary, it was even hailed as one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 coastal drives in the world!
Tucked away behind the Southern Alps, this swathe of wilderness feels like the frontier of civilisation. Renowned for their friendly hospitality, the 31,000 ‘coasters’ (as locals are called) have created their own unique culture. In the old mining towns of Westport, Greymouth and Hokitika, you can discover the West Coast's rich gold and coal heritage. Just don’t miss your chance to buy a beautiful piece of pounamu, a local jade stone found within the West Coast's mountain streams.
Home to five of New Zealand’s 13 National Parks, the West Coast is brimming with outdoor adventures that you’ll remember forever. Check out the limestone formations at Punakaiki, which resemble brekkie so much that they’ve been dubbed the pancake rocks! Their explosive blowholes only add to the marvel. Explore the West Coast Treetop Walk, getting up close and personal with New Zealand’s birdlife within the ancient Rimu and Kamahi tree canopy. Take a dip in the sparkling turquoise waters of Hokitika Gorge.
Of course, no visit to the West Coast is complete without a trip to the ever-evolving Glacier Country, where you can explore the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. After your otherworldly wander across the ice or your exhilarating helicopter tour, unwind with a soothing soak in a natural hot pool under the starry night sky. Then it’s time to set up camp in one of the West Coast’s many breathtaking landscapes.
Discover the great range of campervans, motorhomes and caravans available for hire on the West Coast below.