The West Coast of the Southern Alps of New Zealand’s South Island is a unique area of absolutely breathtaking scenery. It includes the soaring mountain peaks of Aoraki Mount Cook and Mount Tasman, New Zealand’s highest and second highest mountains respectively as well as renowned Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers which descend from the high snowfields almost to sea level.
You’ll discover wild wilderness beaches, tranquil lakes, dense lush rainforests, waterfalls and rivers all set between high snowcapped mountains and the Tasman Sea.
Stay awhile and experience the delightful hospitality of Teichelmann’s Bed & Breakfast in Hokitika and explore this wonderful area with all its fascinating history, geology, attractions and adventure.
Brian and Frances will help you with local information and activities.
Activities & Day Trips
- Westland National Park and Glaciers.
- Arthurs Pass National Park
- Paparoa National Park
- Punakaiki Pancake Rocks & Blowholes
- Seal Colony at Westport
- Old gold workings, tunnels and trails at Woods Creek
- ‘Shantytown’ – a recreated pioneer village at Paroa
- Lake Kaniere lakeside rainforest walks
- Dorothy Falls
- Spectacular Hokitika Gorge with its tranquil, aquamarine blue waters and swingbridge.
- Lake Mahinapua and Mananui coastal forest walk
- Local flightseeing with Wilderness Wings to the Glaciers or Milford Sound
- Mountain biking the West Coast Wilderness Trail – Greymouth to Ross or vica-versa
- Ross Historic Goldfields, 20 min drive south, with walking tracks around old mining areas. Pan for gold at the Ross Goldfields Information Centre.
- Hokitika Golf Course – one of the few true links courses in New Zealand. Modest green fees, only NZ$20. Club hire available at Heritage Highway Motels on Fitzherbert Street.
- Beach walks
- Craft galleries
- Hokitika Museum / Carnegie Building – ‘Westland’s Tales & Treasures’ www.hokitikamuseum.co.nz
- National Kiwi House at Eco World featuring local species
- Heritage Trail walk through the town
- ‘Stonz n Bonz’, next door to us in Hamilton Street, where you can carve your own jade or bone ‘Tuonga’. You may need to allow approx 4 hours if working in pounamu (jade) with your expert tutor, Steve Gwaliasi.
- Treetop walkway – walk among the tree tops near Lake Mahinapua