Westland National Park
The following settlements lie close to the park:
Westland Tai Poutini National Park is halfway down the rugged West Coast of the South Island. The only road access is on State Highway Six, via Hokitika in the north, around 1.5 hours, or from the south via Haast, which is about 2 hours.
The closest commercial airport is located in Hokitika. This has daily flights from Christchurch. There are also regular bus services.
- Franz Josef Glacier - Perhaps the most accessible glacier in the southern hemisphere. At one stage it was possible to drive right up to the terminal face. However, the glacier is receding at present, so a walk is now necessary to actually get to the foot of the glacier.
- Fox Glacier - Not quite as spectacular as the Franz Josef Glacier but not crowded with tourists either.
- Lake Matheson - Tall mountains reflected in a mirror calm lake - sometimes - but a perfect postcard image when it happens.
- Mount Cook and the other mountains - from the western side.
Guided glacier walks and hikes Book a guided trip from Fox Glacier Weheka or Franz Josef Waiau to get a closer look at one of the most beautiful glciers in the world.
Mountain bike Test for fitness and enjoy gorgeous scenery around the unbeatable landscapes of the national park. Westland is open to hunting.
Gold fossicking The gold fossicking area is located on the Waiho River bed in the general area between the Callery Gorge suspension bridge and the Waiho River road bridge. Go try your luck at finding gold with a gold pan or sluice box. This doesn't require a license, but please remain respectful!