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Westport
Travel Guide

Hike or bike The Old Ghost Road, watch seals play in the waves and go whitewater rafting on the mighty Buller River in this coastal town of the South Island.

Westport is the gateway to the North West Coast and is surrounded by a wide range of awe-inspiring nature, from the Buller River beside it to the Paparoa Range behind it.

The town is about 1.5 hours north of Greymouth by car and has about 4,000 residents. The main attraction here is the nature directly surrounding the town. Set out on foot along the Kawatiri River Trail and to the Kawatiri Beach Reserve. Many of the tracks were finished in early 2017 to provide better views of the river, wetlands and beach and the abundant birdlife that flocks here.

Head west of town to the dramatic Cape Foulwind, named so by explorer James Cook in 1770 after his ship was blown offshore. Hike along the well-maintained Cape Foulwind Walkway to the Cape Foulwind Seal Colony viewing area. Spot flightless weka birds, which can often be seen on the path and keep scanning the ocean for jumping dolphins.

Experience one of New Zealand's best-kept secrets by hiking or biking along The Old Ghost Road. This much-praised multi-day trail takes adventurers across soaring peaks and through moss-covered forests along tracks that cling to the mountain slopes. One-day adventure tours are available too, even one that drops you off by helicopter halfway along the trail with your bike.

Keep your adrenaline flowing by rafting or jet boating through Buller Gorge. For a more sedate experience, drive along Hawk’s Crag beside the river or take a walk over the Buller Gorge Swingbridge.

Finish off back in town by sampling a craft beer at the small West Coast Brewery. This gives you a chance to appreciate what humans can make with nature, while reflecting back on the untamed nature that abounds in this spectacular area.

Top Hotels in Westport

Buller Bridge Motel
Buller Bridge Motel
3 out of 5
32a The Esplanade, Westport
The price is $89 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Situated near the airport, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Coaltown Museum and Miner's Brewery. Solid Energy Centre is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) away.

4.6/5Wonderful! (177 reviews)

"A little out of the way but walkable to town and quiet. Good sized family unit."…"

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2021

Buller Bridge Motel
Carters By The Sea Westport
Carters By The Sea Westport
3 out of 5
27 Marine Parade, Carters Beach, West Coast, Westport
The price is $108 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Offering direct access to the beach, this Westport apartment building is next to a golf course, 7.5 mi (12 km) from Tauranga Bay Seal Colony, and within 25 mi ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (134 reviews)

"Location was lovely and a short drive from Westport. Great eatery a few metres down the road too. Immaculate interiors and good local knowledge from the proprietor."…"

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2021

Carters By The Sea Westport
Bella Vista Motel Westport
Bella Vista Motel Westport
4 out of 5
314 Palmerston Street, Westport
The price is $92 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Situated in a rural location, this eco-friendly motel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Coaltown Museum and 4.8 mi (7.7 km) from Carters Beach. Denniston Experience is ...

4.4/5Excellent! (141 reviews)

"Lovely property with all the amenities and clean would stay again"…"

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2021

Bella Vista Motel Westport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Westport

Carters By The Sea Westport
Carters By The Sea Westport
3 out of 5
27 Marine Parade, Carters Beach, West Coast, Westport
The price is $108 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Offering direct access to the beach, this Westport apartment building is next to a golf course, 7.5 mi (12 km) from Tauranga Bay Seal Colony, and within 25 mi ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (134 reviews)

"Location was lovely and a short drive from Westport. Great eatery a few metres down the road too. Immaculate interiors and good local knowledge from the proprietor."…"

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2021

Carters By The Sea Westport
Westport Holiday Park And Motels
Westport Holiday Park And Motels
4 out of 5
31-37 Domett St, Westport
The price is $59 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

This family-friendly Westport campground is within a 15-minute walk of Solid Energy Centre and Miner's Brewery. Coaltown Museum is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.

4.1/5Very Good! (86 reviews)
Comfy Stay

"Easy to check on, very friendly, clean and comfortable. You have to buy wifi, but this was explained and they hope to have broadband available soon. Nothing was a problem and we enjoyed our visit."…"

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2020

Westport Holiday Park And Motels
Carters Beach Holiday Studios
Carters Beach Holiday Studios
3 out of 5
5 Marine Parade, Westport, West Coast
The price is $101 per night from Mar 28 to Mar 29

Situated in Westport, this golf apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Carters Beach and within 9 mi (15 km) of Cape Foulwind Lighthouse and Tauranga Bay ...

5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)

"Lovely big living space, super comfy beds, wonderful shower. Extremely clean."…"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

Carters Beach Holiday Studios
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Mar 14, 2019

Westport was a stopping point for our drive so we did not explore much of Westport. It was a good stopping point from Auckland when traveling down the west coast. We did stop at Cape Foul nearby which was beautiful..

5/5 - Excellent

Dawn

Feb 17, 2019

Whitewater rafting with Wild Waters Adventures was fantastic!

4/5 - Good

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Jan 22, 2019

We went to Oparara Arch.

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