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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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,...

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...

Puke Ariki

  • Museum/Gallery

Across the road from the Wind Wand is the region's heritage, research, and information center. Though not as large as Wellington's...

Waitomo Glowworm Cave

  • Cave

The most "genteel" of all the cave tours leads through the Waitomo Glowworm Cave, which was first officially explored in 1887 by local...

Whanganui Regional Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

For an overview of the region's history and one of the country's best collections of Māori artifacts, drop into this museum by Queens...


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