The West Coast is closer than you think – just 3 hours’ drive from Christchurch Airport. Daily flights from Christchurch and Wellington, the TranzAlpine train journey arrives daily from Christchurch, and there are regular coach services and rental cars also available.
Imagine the view you expect to see after a several day trek – this view is one you will see as you drive through the West Coast. That’s just how good it is there. The sheer diversity of the scenery along the Coast will take your breath away from the magnificent alpine vista to the spectacular coastline, rain forests, glaciers and lush farmland intersected by blue braided rivers and rushing mountain streams.
The not to be missed highlights of the West Coast include:
Oparara Arches – the lost world of the moa bird, Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, Lake Brunner for brown trout fishing, the milky blue waters of the Hokitika Gorge, the Glaciers at Franz Josef and Fox Glacier and the UNESCO World Heritage area based around the natural beauty of Haast.
If you are looking for a twist of something different for your next meeting the West Coast has what you are looking for.
Start your journey with ‘meetings on the move’ onboard the themed carriages of the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth.
Choose from a range of venues such as:
• The West Coast Events Centre which is situated within the recreated gold village of Shantytown Heritage Park.
• Monteiths Brewery, industrial style décor and Monteith’s beer and cider on tap to taste test.
• Solid Energy Centre, this complex has a range of venue spaces under one roof. Here you can hold small conferences, large
meetings, tradeshows or sporting events.
• EPIC Centre in the town of Westport provides a collectively shared space for creative workshops and presentations.
Major hotels and motels have conference rooms and additional facilities available. The West Coast can offer everything needed to reward or provide an incentive to those deserving of a relaxing getaway and unforgettable activities. Then they can wake up in 5 star accommodation with a lavish breakfast awaiting. Your options include eco-lodges, hotels, resorts or glamping.
For true Kiwi hospitality you can’t go past a local West Coaster also known as a ‘Coaster’.
The West Coast is best suited to groups who require 10-15 rooms. The largest hotel on the West Coast can accommodate up to 200 rooms, take it easy if you require to spread your group between different accommodation providers as Coasters will work together to make everything run smoothly on your behalf.
It’s not just the conference venues that provide a twist of something different it’s the whole experience. The local West Coast hospitality can offer anything from a BBQ barn yard shin dig right through to arriving via helicopter, champagne in hand for a round of golf on a course your group can have all to themselves.
View the impressive Oparara limestone arches near Karamea, tour a working coal mine at Denniston, see the galaxy of glowworms in the caves at Charleston and seals on the beach at Tauranga Bay near Westport. Don’t miss the famous Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and feel the sea spray from their blow holes, a range of great cycle tracks around Reefton, the Old Ghost Road and the West Coast Wilderness Trail, outstanding trout fishing at Lake Brunner and gold heritage at Shantytown Heritage Park. More “must sees” include Hokitika - the home of pounamu (NZ jade / greenstone), the teal waters at the Hokitika Gorge, the magnificent glaciers and the informative jet boat safaris near Haast, plus the remote fishing port at Jackson Bay. The West Coast has a range of adventure activities including skydiving, white water rafting, kayaking, quad bikes, underground caving, glacier hiking, helicopter and fixed wing scenic flights, wildlife viewing and horse trekking to name a few.
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