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BRINGING ALPINE NEW ZEALAND TO YOU
Travel through spectacular scenery on one of the world's most famous train journeys,
and you'll now get to enjoy it in supreme comfort. Our brand new carriages feature
high back seats, panoramic Sky View windows and all-new open air viewing platforms.
You can also indulge in a great selection of local food, wines and beers.
Book now at kiwirailscenic.co.nz
CHCH -- GREYMOUTH -- CHCH from
Family Return Fare
*Terms & Conditions apply. See website for details.
2 adults & 2 children
Makethetriptotake your breath away
Top class: The TranzAlpine offers a matchless journey through stunning
scenery, from Christchurch to the popular summer destination of the West
The West Coast, or ''the Coast'' as
people who live there call it, is a wild
place of rivers and rain forests,
glaciers and geological treasures.
Whether seeking relaxation for
your summer holiday in New
Zealand's green landscapes, or
thrilling action, the Coast has it all.
Greymouth is the largest town
and other main centres include
Westport, Hokitika, Fox Glacier,
Franz Josef Glacier and Haast.
In a region never more than 50km
wide but stretching down the South
Island there are only 31,000 people.
Explore the rich environmental
heritage through extensive walking
tracks, national parks and the
spectacular Franz Josef and Fox
These giant rivers of ice have
squeezed down the valleys to just
250m above sea level.
The pancake rocks and blowholes
at Punakaiki are among the West
Coast's most famous sights.
The Coast is New Zealand's only
source of greenstone (pounamu).
In Hokitika and Greymouth you
can take a tour and watch the
greenstone carvers at work.
While there, visit the Hokitika
Market, which has been operating
for six years and is acknowledged as
the best market on the Coast.
Situated beside the iSite, it is held
on fine Saturdays from Labour
Weekend to the end of April and is
a good place to talk to people about
their products and environment.
Locally-made arts and crafts
predominate but when available,
there are plants and produce.
You can get a massage, or even a
Meet the ''coasters'' as the people
there are known as and you will find
a bunch of independent, self-reliant
but hugely friendly and hospitable
Sit down and have a beer with
them and they will regale you with
West Coast stories.
Accommodation can be a cosy
B&B, luxury lodge or character hotel;
all of it excellent value.
The West Coast is
an easy flight from
Christchurch or a
special -- take a trip
on the TranzAlpine.
Whether it's the
initial journey across
Plains through small
towns like Darfield or Sheffield, or
the climb into the mountains
towards Arthur's Pass, the scenery is
nothing short of breathtaking.
And that's only the start. The
second half of the journey is the
descent towards the West Coast
through lush native forests until
emerging on the edge of the
Tasman Sea. In summer, the trip is
enthralling, in winter it is magical,
especially after a fresh snowfall
when the landscape becomes a
The TranzAlpine has just turned
25 years old and has new, state-of-
the-art carriages. The interiors have
an inimitable New Zealand feel with
extensive use of wood panelling,
high-back seats and enough leg
room to stretch out and relax.
Whatever you decide to do there
-- the wildest side of New Zealand,
the West Coast, has the power to
touch your soul.
As seen on
Open Daily to the Public
Come see & learn about
Favourite litle fsh.
Have a Taste of the
REAL West Coast
Whitebait pates our local
delicacy are freshly cooked while
Walta fshing village, south of the
Glaciers, 10km north of Haast
West Coast Shuttle
Christchurch to Greymouth return service
Depart Christchurch: Tuam St, 2.30pm
Drop off: Arthur's Pass, 5pm
Kumara Junction, 6pm
Depart Greymouth, 8am
Present this ad for a free bottle of water on board
Travel in Comfort with West Coast Shuttle
Ph 03 768 0028 • www.westcoastshuttle.co.nz • email@example.com
204 Palmerston St, Westport
Ph 03 788 8002
Mention this ad and get
5% OFF your purchase
Adapt to your Habitat
Get geared up at Habitat Sports
Great range of bikes, accessories and clothing and
full Shimano workshop.
Plus a range of fishing gear for river and sea.
The best Coast market
is a West Coast market!
Every fine Saturday from Labour Weekend to the end of April
Arts and Crafts
meet the locals
-- try their
have a chat
Family Dining with an elegant twist
• Everything made on the premises
• Children's play area
• Party hosting and special occasion catering
• Monday -- Sunday, noon to 9.30pm
• Breakfast upon request
• Bookings recommended
Yellow House Cafe & Restaurant
243 Palmerston St, Westport
P/F 03 789 8765 Email: Yellow_house@xtra.co.nz
Sit, relax and enjoy the experienceothe:
Cafe & Restaurant
Escape, Relax and Explore.....
252 Beachside Motels and Holiday Park
252 Revell St, Hokitika, ph 0508 252 252
For a break away, book a weekend at our place --
Self catering family units sleep 5
Spacious studio units sleep 2
Stand alone cottages sleep 4
Adjacent to the beach, 3 minute
stroll to the glow worm dell.
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