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  • Spectacular Franz Josef Glacier on New Zealands West Coast is a great photo opportunity while on your New Zealand vacation.

The West Coast region, located on the South Island of New Zealand, is simply known by locals as “The Coast” and stretches 600 kilometres/360 miles from north to south along the Tasman Sea coast. It is scenic with wild coastlines and rugged mountains and is largely remote and sparsely populated, all to be seen on a New Zealand vacation.

There are three major towns, Greymouth, Westport and Hokitika, the largest and most important being Greymouth which can be reached by the TranzAlpine train on New Zealand tours leaving daily from Christchurch and offering views en route of fantastic scenery. Nearby is Shantytown, famous during the gold rush days of the 1860’s. In fact, one can still try one’s hand at gold panning here and can also enjoy a ride on a steam train. The coastal road between Westport and Greymouth offers an extremely dramatic and scenic drive.

Other attractions are the Franz Joseph and Fox Glaciers that rise 250 metrtes/800 feet above sea level. Here one can have an easy walk to the foot of these glaciers to experience the beauty of these steep sided valleys.

Two great hikes are along the Heaphy Track and the Cascade-Hollyford Track. An impressive sight along the coast is at Punakaiki with its pancake rocks and blowholes.

 


 

New Zealand Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, for a New Zealnd vacatoin, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to a New Zealand vacation. 

Learn about the history and culture of New Zealand, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about New Zealand's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering New Zealand for yourself. Start exploring...book a New Zealand vacation today!

 

Extend Your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your New Zealand vacation at one of Goway's South Pacific destinations. You can choose from  our selection of Australian vacationsTahiti vacation packages or stay at one of our Fiji resorts or perhaps take a Cook Island vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from New Zealand.

 

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  • Classic New Zealand

    This is the ultimate classic New Zealand tour. Begin in Auckland and then it’s on to Rotorua, next head south to the capital, Wellington before embarking on the scenic South Island.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,397
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
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  • Best of Both Islands Self Drive

    Get to know Auckland before heading to Rotorua then Queenstown. From Queenstown travel to the Glacier Region and Christchurch truly uncovering the best that both islands have to offer.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,035
    Trip Type:
    Self Drive Road Trip Ideas
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  • Great New Zealand Cruise and Rail Experience – Premier Escorted Luxury Vacation: Auckland to Christchurch

    This escorted experience is perfect for train buffs. Travel on coaches, cruises and enjoy iconic New Zealand rail journeys while staying in comfortable accommodation. The journey will take you from Auckland and geothermal centre of Rotorua, to the capital of Wellington before moving onto the South Island and exploring famous Milford Sound.
    Duration:
    16 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,533
    Trip Type:
    Motorcoach Tours
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  • New Zealand Discoverer (12 days): Value Plus Escorted Vacation

    A comprehensive New Zealand tour from top to bottom, this trip encompasses the Land of the Long White Cloud, including its most cosmopolitan cities, and its most impressive natural sights.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,603
    Trip Type:
    Motorcoach Tours
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  • New Zealand Rail Adventure: Value Plus Escorted Vacation

    Hop aboard and rediscover the romance of rail travel, taking in some of the world's truly remarkable landscapes from a unique vantage point on this escorted vacation including travel on the Northern Explorer train from Auckland to Wellington, the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth plus other great New Zealand rail experiences.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,665
    Trip Type:
    Motorcoach Tours, Rail Travel Ideas
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  • Southern Escape: Value Plus Escorted Vacation

    This South Island New Zealand tour shows you the Land of the Long White Cloud at its most dramatic, from powerful glaciers, to majestic Mount Cook, plus Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Eighth Wonder of the World,’ Milford Sound.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,795
    Trip Type:
    Motorcoach Tours
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  • The Long White Cloud

    Delve into the scenic delights of New Zealand with a small group of fellow explorers. Combine natural beauty with creative comforts as you overnight in the rainforests of Franz Josef at the foothills of Mount Cook, sleep among the treetops in the Coromandel Ranges and journey into the far south to the wild and pristine landscapes of Stewart Island.
    Duration:
    22 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 9,066
    Trip Type:
    Motorcoach Tours
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