West Coast region

Mountains to the sea – the view across the Franz Josef Glacier/Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere neve to the Tasman Sea

Mountains to the sea – the view across the Franz Josef Glacier/Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere neve to the Tasman Sea

Map of New Zealand highlighting the West Coast region.

Westland Tai Poutini National Park (established 1960) extends from the highest peaks of the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana, to the rugged and remote beaches of the wild West Coast. It is an area of magnificent primeval vistas – snow-capped mountains, glaciers, forests, tussock grasslands, lakes, rivers, wetlands and beaches.

This world-class scenic landscape forms part of Te Wāhipounamu South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area and is a treasure trove of amazing geology, rare flora and fauna and wonderful history.  

Location

Westland Tai Poutini National Park (131,600 hectares) is situated about half way down the South Island on its West Coast.
 
 

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Maps

DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map

Learn more

View the Journeys in National Parks: Westland / Aoraki documentary on NZ on Screen

Stop the spread of didymo

Check, Clean, Dry all items before entering, and when moving between, waterways.

Safety

Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Contacts

Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 752 0796
Address:   13 State Highway 6
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
Email:   westlandnpvc@doc.govt.nz
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