North Island's West Coast Sights

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

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Aranui Cave

  • Cave

Eons of dripping water have sculpted a delicate garden of pink-and-white limestone here. Keep an eye out for the resident cave wetas;...

Chronicle Glass Studio

  • Store/Shop/Mall

Wanganui is home to more than 30 glass artisans who exhibit internationally. This studio, owned and operated by Lyndsay Patterson and...

Durie Hill Lookout

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

This lookout provides spectacular views, but reaching it—via an elevator that runs through the hill—is something else. On the opposite...


  • Garden/Arboretum

For a look at an authentic New Zealand farming town, take a side trip to Feilding, 20 km (12 miles) northwest of Palmerston North. ...

Fitzroy Beach

  • Beach–Sight

Just 1½ km (¾ mile) from the center of New Plymouth, this reasonably exposed beach is easily accessible. You can even come on foot...

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

  • Museum/Gallery

Regarded as one of the country's leading modern art museums, this gallery boasts a strong collection of New Zealand conceptual, abstract,...

Hollard Gardens

  • Garden/Arboretum

A detour into dairy country, 16 km (10 miles) southwest of Stratford, brings you to this well-regarded horticultural haven. In 1927,...

KD's Elvis Presley Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

An unlikely find in Hawera, this private museum is devoted to "The King." The collection includes more than 10,000 records, books, and...


  • Beach–Sight

With time on your hands, explore the road from Raglan to this isolated coastal settlement 55 km (34 miles) to the south. It's a remote...

Len Lye Centre

  • Museum/Gallery

Len Lye—a native-born artist famous for his experimental films and kinetic sculpture—believed “great architecture goes 50/50 with...


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