Exploring the West Coast region of New Zealand’s South Island and looking for ideas for your own outdoor adventures or travel itinerary? Find some inspiration as you read about the places we’ve explored and activities we’ve experienced in our travels around New Zealand.

West Coast region map

Our West Coast Outdoor Adventures

Mount Fox

Climbing Mount Fox

The Mount Fox Track may be short at just 7.2km return but don't let that fool you. This is a steep, muddy and fairly brutal climb but the views are worth it.

Hokitika Gorge

Visiting Hokitika Gorge

It sounds like a bit of a cliche, but Hokitika Gorge, or more specifically, the incredible turquoise river that flows through the gorge is something you really have to see to believe.

Punakaiki Rocks

Visiting Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

New Zealand’s most interesting rock formations have got to be these incredible limestone Pancake Rocks and Blowholes in the Paparoa National Park.

West Coast Outdoor Adventure Map

Here’s our pick of top outdoor and adventure activities in the West Coast region. The orange map markers below are places we’ve visited and you can click on a marker to see photos and read about our experience there. The blue markers are places we still need to explore – lucky us.

This is a living map, and we’ll update it regularly as we explore and discover new places and more exciting outdoor activities. Have some suggestions of places we should visit? Use the contact form over here and share the adventure.

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Hokitika Gorge: -42.955980, 171.015410
Punakaiki Pancake Rocks: -42.115510, 171.329770
Karamea: -41.251290, 172.128530
Moria Gate Arches: -41.151420, 172.190720
Charming Creek Walkway: -41.609410, 171.880360
Cape Foulwind: -41.748760, 171.469900
Fox River Cave: -42.031520, 171.385430
Te Ana a Matuku Cave: -42.030990, 171.382000
Truman Track: -42.094720, 171.343880
Pororari River Canyon: -42.106830, 171.339740
Motukiekie Beach: -42.312120, 171.281090
Coal Creek Falls: -42.407840, 171.253260
The Cesspool: -42.826260, 171.235260
Okarito Beach: -43.223430, 170.158810
Franz Josef Glacier: -43.423080, 170.168480
Lake Matheson: -43.447380, 169.969210
Haast Pass: -44.164380, 169.276720
Routeburn Track: -44.719320, 168.278810
Buller Gorge: -41.767790, 172.193670
Nile River Caving: -41.905770, 171.439110
Inland Pack Track: -42.126180, 171.344410
Point Elizabeth Walkway: -42.397070, 171.215510
Croesus Track: -42.337520, 171.398110
Lake Brunner: -42.577040, 171.477050
West Coast Wilderness Trail: -42.447760, 171.217520
Lake Kaniere: -42.807250, 171.155050
Mt Tuhua: -42.812630, 171.155480
Harihari Coastal Walk: -43.042320, 170.437600
Fox Glacier: -43.464580, 170.017250
Jackson Bay: -43.973080, 168.613740
Victoria Forest Park: -42.066590, 171.918790
Old Ghost Road: -41.796590, 172.049240
Mount Fox: -43.480168, 169.994132