West Coast Recreation
There are many opportunities to participate in almost any sport you can think of on the West Coast - and the time to do it.
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.
Sport and recreation
New Zealanders enjoy a huge range of sporting activities - the nzsport site lists everything from Aikido to Zen Do Kai! Check their site to see what’s available on the West Coast and how you can get involved. Joining a club or team is a great way to meet people.
Tracks and walks
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.
Hunting and fishing rules
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.
New Zealand has various laws about looking after and controlling dogs and other animals. Each council has their own bylaws so check out your local council website for details.
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.
Art and culture
Museums and galleries
There are a number of museums and art galleries to visit on the West Coast region. You'll find details of each on the NZ Museums website.
There’s good everyday shopping in all of the larger centres on the West Coast including many boutique stores in Greymouth and Arts and crafts stores in Hokitika
Local markets are a great way to experience local produce and meet a few of the locals. There is a market in Greymouth every Sunday from 10am to 2pm.