North Island's West Coast

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

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  • 1. 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 great art...Read More

  • 2. 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 Museum...Read More

  • 3. 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 Park....Read More

  • 4. Feilding

    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. The Feilding...Read More

  • 5. 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, and...Read More

  • 6. 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 impressive...Read More

  • 7. 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 a rugby...Read More

  • 8. Sarjeant Gallery

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 9. Tawhiti Museum

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 10. Te Manawa

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 11. 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 you up...Read More

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