The West Coast
’s Buller region is a place of rugged beauty with deep, pristine rivers, and mountains ranges that run down to the sea. You’ll discover old coal and gold towns, driftwood strewn beaches and dramatic coastal walks. Westport
, with its coalmining history, is Buller’s main centre, and a great springboard to the region's eco tours and adventures. Visit the spectacular Buller Gorge for an adventure on the country’s longest swingbridge, or head to historic Charleston
for caving and rockclimbing.
Further south, at the tiny coastal community of Punakaiki
, you’ll find one of the West Coast
’s scenic highlights – the spectacular blowholes of the Pancake Rocks. Punakaiki is also the gateway to Paparoa National Park
, one of the West Coast's most untouched wilderness areas. Heading inland, the historic town of Reefton
has a colourful goldmining history and heritage buildings, while north of Westport, the coastal township of Karamea
is the gateway to Kahurangi National Park, with its stunning walks and rivers.