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

Nearby Nelson 9

Nelson 7

Picton 6

Hokitika 5

Kaikoura 4

Karamea 3

Greymouth 3

Golden Bay and Takaka 2

Westland-Tai Poutini National Park 2

Murchison 2

Motueka 2

Havelock 2

Nelson Lakes National Park 1

Abel Tasman National Park 1

Westport 1

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Local Interest–Sight 3

Mine 1

Museum/ Gallery 11

Nature Preserve/ Wildlife Refuge 2

Neighborhood/ Street 2

Park (National/ State/ Provincial) 2

Religious Building/ Site/ Shrine 1

Restaurant–Sight 2

Scenic Drive/ Tour 3

Spa–Sight 1

Sports–Sight 1

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Tour–Sight 2

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Viewpoint/ Scenic Overlook 2

Winery/ Brewery/ Distillery 19

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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...

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,...

Princes Drive Lookout

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

A worthy detour is to drive or walk (if you need to work up an appetite) to the lookout point on Princes Drive. You'll get to survey...

Te Pupuri Taonga O Te Tai Ao (Nelson Provincial Museum)

  • Museum/Gallery

Nelson's regional museum occupies part of the original site of New Zealand's first museum. It explores the early settlement of the town,...

The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu

  • Museum/Gallery

There are exhibits of both historical and contemporary art; it's a good place to see a cross section of work from an area that has long...

Wakefield Quay

  • Geological Site

The waterfront area along the quay has been developing steadily for the past few years, and now has several cafés, along with a promenade...

World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum (WOW)

  • Museum/Gallery

Wacky and wonderful, this museum displays garments from the World of WearableArt Awards Show, an event long held in Nelson but now presented...