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West Coast

The West Coast is a 6oo kilometre stretch of land located between the Southern Alps and the Tasman sea. Within this region are five of New Zealand's national parks - Kahurangi, Paparoa, Arthur's Pass, Westland and Mt. Aspiring.

A region of incredible diversity, the West Coast is home to some of the countries highest mountains as well as beaches, rainforests, glaciers, rock formations, rivers, gorges, podocarp forests and an abundance of wildlife. 

Geology Meets Ecology Alpine Fault Tour

Geology Meets Ecology Alpine Fault Tour

Take a two-hour discovery adventure to see where the Pacific and Australian continental plates meet. Visit the drilling site and learn how it plays a vital role in seismic monitoring and see how two active plates come together and shape the land around them. The Alpine fault line is a natural wonder of our planet that until recently has only been accessible to international geologists studying and monitoring the site.
The Gaunt Creek exposure site is one of the most significant sites in the world where middle earth has been thrust to the surface from 30 kilometres below by the power of the colliding tectonic plates. The fault line is like nothing you have seen before. It’s unusual colour and texture created by pressure and heat must be seen to be believed. It is the only naturally exposed fault line site on the globe making it a magnet for scientists from all around the world.

Mitchells Gully Goldmine

Mitchells Gully Goldmine

At Mitchells Gully Goldmine you can experience a unique and personal perspective of the regions goldmining history. Step back in time and get a true understanding of how gold was recovered by the first miners here in Charleston between 1866 and the early 1900s. Follow the trolly track, explore the old tunnels, enjoy the beauty of the glow worms, native plants, see the only remaining waterwheel and stamping battery in Charleston. After your walk around the goldmine you are welcome to relax in the picnic area. If you are in the area for the night, book a glow worm tour through the goldmine – it is an unforgettable experience.

New Zealand touring ideas

A popular style of touring is to take a preplanned self drive road trip.  After a thorough consultation with you we expertly plan and create your self drive tour around New Zealand allows you the freedom to explore at leisure with the comfort and security of pre-booked activities and accommodations. Route suggestions, GPS and APP guidance plus local support mean you are in safe hands. See self drive ideas here

If you prefer to let someone else do the work then an escorted small group tour or a private guided tour might be for you. Our range of hand picked small group itineraries are ideal if you prefer to travel in the company of like minded people. These tours limit the number of participants which means different accommodation options, exclusive activities and of course a knowledgable guide ensures you get to see the best of New Zealand. See our small group tours here. 

A private guided tour offers true flexibility and the security of a knowledgable local guiding you all the way. Well planned itineraries ensure you see exactly what you want to see but with your own driver-guide you can adapt to suit the day or your preference. 100% tailor-made to suit you a private tour is a great option when travelling as a small group. all our self drive itineraries can be replanned and priced using a private driver and guide. Just contact us to discuss your needs.

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