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Explore Northern West Coast

Date: January 27th, 2022, Posted by gina

Spend the day with Explore West Coast heading up the Great Coast Road stopping in at Punakaiki and the famous Pancake Rocks, travel up to Westport stopping along the way for photos. Time for lunch in Westport before going to the Coal Town Museum, Denniston mine site and Seal Colony.

Punakaiki Blow Holes & Pancake Rocks

The limestone formation driven by wild West Coast weather over millions of years. Stacked rocks looking like pancakes with the sea water forced up through blow holes formed in between the stacked rocks. This short loop walk offers magnificent views out to ocean, keep an eye out for Hector Dolphins. Look over into the surge pool if you dare! The first part of the walk is easily accessible and wheelchair friendly with good interpretation panels of the area. Follow the path on further, down stairs and around rock formations as you make your way around the track and back up to the carpark. A camera is an essential item for this natural wonder.

Westport

Situated near the mouth of the Buller River, Westport is the Northern West Coast’s largest town and offers a range of services you’d expect from a larger centre, including an airport. Dine, wine or enjoy a movie! Its central location makes it an ideal place from which to explore the surrounding area – whether its north for arts and crafts, west for surf and seals, south for the fascinating limestone landscapes of the Paparoa National Park, or east for gold and history.

Coal Town Museum

The various displays focus on the formation of coal, maritime history, unionism, the communities, transport and the men underground. It is a colourful and modern museum that brings the past to life and links the past to the present. A simulated underground mine will give you an insight into the working conditions of the miners.

Denniston Plateau

For many decades Denniston was New Zealand’s largest producing coal mine. It is Category 1 Historic Place.

In its time Denniston was one of the most isolated and difficult mining towns to live in the country. The current road was built in 1902, with the first access being either up a steep pack track or in a coal wagon up the Incline.

The fact that former inhabitants remember it fondly, and that people still choose to live there, speaks volumes for its past social values and enduring mystique.

Seal Colony

New Zealand’s most accessible seal colonies can be found just out of Westport on the edge of Tauranga Bay.

The 10 -minute track from the car park leads to viewing platforms directly overlooking the colony.

Several of our early explorers have had fun naming Cape Foulwind. In 1642 Abel Tasman the Dutch navigator called it Clyppygen Hoeck (Rocky Corner); Captain Cook an early English explorer, less than impressed with the wind which prevented him from landing, called it Foulwind. In 1827 the French Dumont Durville called it Les Trois Cloches (the Three Steeples).

Allow a full day, minimum booking of two people required for this tour to run.

Child age 14 and under, children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Bad weather which impacts your tour experience, Explore West Coast will offer you a 12 month credit to use on a tour of your choice or alternatively a travel or a Station Gift Shop credit to spend. T&c’s apply if booked with an agent.

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Heritage Tour with Monteith’s Lunch

Date: January 25th, 2022, Posted by gina

Explore West Coast will pick you up from your accommodation transport you to Shantytown Heritage Park. You can spend your time exploring the historic buildings interactive display. Travel on the steam train through the rainforest, pan for gold and immerse yourself in the rich West Coast history.

Once picked up travel from there through to Monteith’s Brewery to have lunch. A fantastic West Coast atmosphere where you can sit back, relax and enjoy locally inspired menu. Explore their range of craft beers and ciders with a tasting tray. Enjoy their free museum and shop all things Monteith’s.

Shantytown

Shantytown is one of New Zealand’s premier cultural and heritage attractions. A recreated 1900s pioneer town, born out of, and stimulated by, the great West Coast gold rushes of the 1860s.

Take your time exploring and have your chance at Gold Panning.

Monteith’s Brewery

Located in Greymouth on the West Coast, Monteith’s Brewery is the original home of craft brewing in New Zealand. This is thanks to their great hospitality, fabulous menu, prompt service and wonderful stories; not to mention, their selection of award-winning beers and ciders.

Explore West Coast cancellation policy 

Within the result of you not being able to make our tour please see the below information on cancellation here at Explore West Coast.

Change of date or holding of booking upto 24 hours before travel.

Any booking canceled within 72 hours to 24 hours before travel will result in a refund minus 10% booking fee. 

Within 24 hours before travel no refund will be given.

Full refund for any booking canceled outside of the 72 hour cut off period.

This policy also stands in the situation of COVID level alert change which affects the tour operation or the lockdown of a region the customer is traveling from and in which case a change of date or hold of booking will be offered within the 24 hour period. 

Bad weather which impacts your tour experience, Explore West Coast will offer you a 12 month credit to use on a tour of your choice or alternatively a travel or a Station Gift Shop credit to spend. T&c’s apply if booked with an agent.

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Best of the West Full Day Tour with Free Lunch!

Date: September 9th, 2021, Posted by gina

This Best of the West full day tour allows you to spend a day with us and explore the famous Hokitika Gorge and the Tree Top Walkway. Lunch is at Monteith’s Brewery before departing on the afternoon tour to Punakaiki Blow Holes and Pancake Rocks, the drive itself is rated World famous in the top 10 coastal drives!

Hokitika Gorge

A popular tourist spot with vibrant blue water and tranquil setting, a easy walk through native West Coast bush and across two swing bridges with multiple viewing platforms. Easy access down to the water edge if you are keen to rock hop! Forty five minute loop track. A must do on the West Coast, a nature lover’s paradise!

Tree Top Walkway

Walk amongst ancient Rimu and Kamahi tree tops, with beautiful views of majestic Lake Mahinapua while listening to native bird song. This steel platform is 20 metres high and over 150 metres long. Climb the 47 metre tower for magnificent views of the lake and surrounding mountain ranges. On a fine day as far as Mount Cook can be seen. Cafe on site for refreshments.

Monteith’s Brewery Lunch

Winter special is a free lunch at Monteith’s Brewery. A stop off at an iconic West Coast brewery for a bite to eat is next on the itinerary. The Monteith’s menu hosts a array of West Coast produce for you to choose from. A lunch voucher will be given to you to make your order with the Monteith’s team and relax for an hour before your afternoon adventure begins.

Punakaiki Blow Holes & Pancake Rocks

Punakaiki Blow Holes and Pancake Rocks is a natural limestone formation driven by wild West Coast weather over millions of years. Stacked rocks looking like pancakes with the sea water forced up through blow holes formed in between the stacked rocks. This short loop walk offers magnificent views out to ocean, keep an eye out for Hector Dolphins. Iconic rock formations. Look over into the surge pool if you dare! The first part of the walk is easily accessible and wheelchair friendly with good interpretation panels of the area. Follow the path on further, down stairs and around rock formations as you make your way around the track and back up to the carpark. A camera is an essential item for this natural wonder.

PROMO CODE

Limited time only kids travel on tour for just $39. Use promo code KIDS39 to receive your discount when booking. Valid till 30th September 2022.

Notes

Allow a full day, minimum booking of two people required for this tour to run.

Child age 14 and under, children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Bad weather which impacts your tour experience, Explore West Coast will offer you a 12 month credit to use on a tour of your choice or alternatively a travel or a Station Gift Shop credit to spend. T&c’s apply if booked with an agent.

Posted in: Our Tours

Best of the West Full Day Tour with Free Lunch!

Punakaiki Blow Holes

Best of the West Full Day Tour with Free Lunch!

Pancake Rocks

Best of the West Full Day Tour with Free Lunch!

Hokitika Gorge

Explore West Coast

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