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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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...

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...

Edwin Fox Maritime Museum

  • Historic District/Site

The preserved hulk of the Edwin Fox demonstrates just how young New Zealand's European settlement is. The ship was used in the Crimean...

Hoglund Art Glass

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One of New Zealand's best-known and longest-standing glass galleries is known internationally for its iconic collectible family of penguins...

Left Bank Art Gallery

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The Left Bank Art Gallery on the corner of Tainui Street and Mawhera Quay is a good place to see and purchase a range of artworks, including...

Murchison District Museum

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For a small-town operation this local, community-run museum has a lot to look at. The rustic little building features an exhibit and...

NZ Classic Motorcycles

  • Museum/Gallery

Even if you’re not into motorbikes you might surprise yourself here. These classic and vintage machines evoke a wider sense of history,...

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

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World War I–era planes, and the stories of their pilots, are showcased in the Knights of the Sky exhibition. Highlights include the...

Picton Heritage and Whaling Museum

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Picton's seafaring history is captured with a wealth of memorabilia. The area was first a key Māori settlement called Waitohi, then...

Shades of Jade

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Owner/carver Jeremy Dalzell has been working with jade since 2000, and brings his personal designs to the quality greenstone sourced...


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