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

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

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

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...

Len Lye Centre

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

New Zealand Rugby Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

The only one of its kind in the country, this museum—located upstairs in the Te Manawa complex—is worth a visit whether or not you're...

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...

Sarjeant Gallery

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One of New Zealand's finest art galleries and most handsome heritage buildings sits on a small hill overlooking the city. Renowned for...

Tawhiti Museum

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No boring old museum this. Nigel Ogle's labor of love is an outstanding presentation of regional history. The former schoolteacher-cum-historian...

Te Manawa

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This distinctive complex is divided into three sections that weave together the region's art, science, and history, including natural...

Waimarie and Whanganui Riverboat Centre

  • Museum/Gallery

For a taste of the old days on the river, catch a ride on the Waimarie , a vintage coal-fired paddle steamer. A two-hour cruise takes...


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