Upper South Island and the West Coast Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Upper South Island and the West Coast - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Blenheim 17

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Nelson 7

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Karamea 3

Greymouth 3

Golden Bay and Takaka 2

Westland-Tai Poutini National Park 2

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Nelson Lakes National Park 1

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Abel Tasman National Park

  • Beach–Sight

Abel Tasman National Park is easily accessible and, with its golden sand beaches, sculptured granite headlands and forest-lined tidal...

Allan Scott Wines

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Allan Scott planted the first grapes in Marlborough in 1973 before planting the family's own vineyard two years later. He helped establish...

Antique and Classic Boat Show

  • Sports–Sight

Each year in late February or early March the Antique and Classic Boat Show is held at Lake Rotoiti with close to 200 antique boats congregating...

Boulder Bank

  • Geological Site

One of the defining features of the landscape is the Boulder Bank, a 13-km (8-mi) natural stone bank, built up from eroding cliff faces...

Brancott Estate Heritage Centre

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

In September 2011 Brancott Estate moved to their stunning new cellar door that overlooks the vineyard where it all started—where Marlborough...


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Broadgreen is a fine example of a Victorian cob house. Cob houses, made from straw and horsehair bonded together with mud and clay, are...

Cape Campbell Track

  • Tour–Sight

This is "boutique hiking"—the Cape Campbell Track, a 54-km (35-mi), four-day hike, wanders through two high country sheep stations...

Carey Dillon Photographer

  • Museum/Gallery

Kumara, a tiny one-horse village at the start of the road over Arthur's Pass, is the home of photographer Carey Dillon. His rustic little...

Christ Church Nelson

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

On a hilltop surrounded by gardens is Nelson's historic and architectural highlight. The site is an integral part in Nelson's history,...

Cloudy Bay Vineyards

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

From its first vintage in 1985, Cloudy Bay has produced first-class sauvignon blanc along with a range that includes an equally impressive...