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

Picton 8

Nelson 8

Hokitika 8

Greymouth 5

Westland/ Tai Poutini National Park 3

Murchison 3

Karamea 3

Kaikoura 3

Golden Bay and Takaka 2

Abel Tasman National Park 2

Motueka 2

Nelson Lakes National Park 1

Westport 1

Havelock 1

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Mine 1

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Abel Tasman National Park

  • Beach–Sight

One of New Zealand's most easily accessible parks is also one of the most visited, with its golden sand beaches, sculptured granite headlands...

Allan Scott Family Winemakers

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Allan Scott has been working in Marlborough vineyards since 1973 and launched his own company in 1990. Now he makes well-respected Sauvignon...

Boulder Bank

  • Geological Site

One of the defining landscape features of Nelson is the 13-km (8-mile) natural stone bank, built up from eroding cliff faces farther...

Brancott Estate Heritage Centre

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

At this estate where the region's first Sauvignon Blanc wines were planted, striking views stretch across the heart of Marlborough's...


  • House/Mansion/Villa

Cob houses, made from straw and horsehair bonded together with mud and clay, are common in Devon, the southern English home county of...

Carey Dillon Photographer

  • Museum/Gallery

Kumara, a tiny village at the start of the road over Arthur's Pass, is the home of photographer Carey Dillon. His rustic little gallery/shop...

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,...

Cloudy Bay Vineyards

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

From its first vintage in 1985, Cloudy Bay has produced first-class Sauvignon Blanc, along with a range that includes an equally impressive...

Coaltown Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Westport is a town based around coal, and the stories, challenges, and hardships of mining on (and under) the high plateau behind the...


  • Town/Village

After winding past several small farming districts and beach communities such as Paton's Rock, Onekaka, and Tukurua, State Highway 60...


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