Westport is at the mouth of the Buller River. It is about 5 km up State Highway 67 from the junction with State Highway 6.
When travelling from Nelson or Christchurch, take State Highway 6 from Inangahua Junction via the Buller Gorge to the junction with State Highway 67. Allow at least an hour for travelling through this scenic gorge.
Note: The road through the Buller Gorge is single lane in several places and frequently travelled by buses and trucks; take care, be patient, and enjoy the scenery.
When travelling from Greymouth, take State Highway 6 along the coast via Punakaiki to the junction with State Highway 67. Allow 2.5 hr driving, plus set aside an hour to see the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki.
Cape Foulwind Hike starts just a few km from town and follows the coast to the seal colony. It's a nice hike and if you're lucky the fog will be rolling in, the wind will be blowing and the surf pounding and you will see why Captain James Cook named the area Cape Foulwind. The hike will take less than an hour and is well worth the time and the minimal effort.
The Truman Track is south along the coast from Westport and is a 15 minute hike to the coast with excellent breakers and a pebble beach.
Pancake Rocks & Blowholes further south at Paparoa National Park. Exceptionally interesting rock formations viewed from a paved trail.
Karamea - About 2 hr (90 km) drive to the north on State Highway 67, and the start (or finish) of the Heaphy Track. (There is no exit road from Karamea other than State Highway 67, so make it a day trip, at least.)
The Fox Glacier - the biggest and less crowded West Coast glacier is approximately 6 hours (301 kms) drive south of Westport, while it is a 9 hour (440 km) drive to Haast, and a good 12 hours (588 km) drive to Wanaka.