The region is increasingly attracting serious (and not so serious) mountain bikers, surfers and kayakers. Fishing, hunting and skiing are popular and the West Coast Wilderness trail offers the whole some of the most stunning and diverse scenery available in New Zealand.
On the Citizen's Advice Bureau (CAB) website you'll find clubs in the West Coast region that cover just about any sport you can think of. Sport New Zealand also lists many of the sports clubs available around the region.
There are many opportunities to stretch your legs, clear your lungs and get close to nature on the walkways and tracks you’ll find wherever you go in New Zealand. Check the West Coast site to find the great walks available on the West Coast.
Both fishing and hunting are a big part of life for many in the West Coast. Check the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Fish and Game NZ websites for full information about licences and restrictions on hunting and fishing in freshwater. The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has information about the rules of fishing in the sea.
It is very important to be aware of restrictions as there can be serious penalties for breaching them.
The West Coast features a larger number of tracks through beautiful scenery. Find out more about the tracks available on the NZ by Bike website. The two newest big rides on the West Coast are the West Coast Wilderness Trail and The Old Ghost Road.