Westport beach natural storm washed debris, Westport, New Zealand 2 days 2 nights

westport Short break trip:
what to do and see

Trip Length:4 days, 3 nights
Finish:Christchurch (via Haast Pass)
Best time to visit:Spring to Autumn.

Winter, expect some activities to be closed, warm layers necessary.

Weather in Westport:Westport Weather Forecast and Observations
  • Denniston Plateau
  • Heritage gold mining trail
  • Cape Foulwind, seals and walking tracks
  • Reefton town of light

Nelson to Westport, distance, 222 km, 3 ½ hours

Blenheim to Westport, distance, 260 km 3 ½ hours

About Trip
Weekend in Westport
Heritage, mining and scenery

Westport is where wild meets west. Mountains bracket the coast, the Tasman Sea four metre swells create an isolated splendor A livelihood is sought in a narrow band of land between sea, sky and mountains. Glorious remote West Coast, South Island is not a tourism hot spot. It is an original New Zealand underrated gem ready and willing to welcome visitors both local and international.

Westport beach near sea lions

Day One
Arrive early afternoon

You have got into the West Coast spirit with the drive Nelson to Murchison. After settling into your accommodation for the next four nights, you are off to visit Westport Coal Museum to obtain an overview of the coal industry and its importance to the West Coast. As well pick up information tips for your trip to Denniston Plateau tomorrow. Heritage & Arts around Westport – Official Tourism Website Coaltown Museum is an interactive heritage museum that appeals to all age groups.

The West Coast’s identity is forged in a mine. Mining, pounamu (greenstone jade), gold, coal or timber, the West Coast’s economy is based on extradition. Original mining machinery can be kick started into life with a push of a button, there is an authentic full sized replica of a mining tunnel evocatively recreating life underground and numerous personal stories of life as a miner or miners family on the Deniston Plateau.

Westport Municpal Chambers Art Deco glory



Check into the holiday park Westport Kiwi Holiday Park | Westport Accommodation with choices from ensuite motel units to unpowered camping sites. The accommodation is clean, well appointed visitor office with information and support for any tours you have decided to join at the last minute. A good location, only five minutes from the centre of town with space for families to kick a ball.

Day Two
Denniston Plateau Northwest of Westport

The plateau is a must do visit where you will discover the narrative of what it was like to be a miner on the Denniston Plateau. The extraordinary uplifted plateau is a drive into another world where coal was king. The Denniston Plateau is home to one of the richest, high quality coal seams in New Zealand. For decades it was the country’s largest producing coal mine, with an estimated 12 million ton carried down the incline during its operation from October 1879 to August 1967. Denniston was created by coal and existed only to produce coal. With the mine’s closure, Denniston closed.

Denniston Plateau @Outwest Tours

Day Three
Granity, Denniston Heritage site, Ngakawau, Hector...

Granity, Denniston Heritage site, Ngakawau, Hector, Waimangaroa, Millerton and Stockton Mine

Follow in the footsteps of prospectors, a heritage gold and coal mining trail. Today you will be on the trail of a nineteenth century gold miner and twentieth century coal miner. You will be travelling north viewing Denniston Plateau to your right as you travel between the mountains and sea delving into the past in Hector, Granity foreshore and Granity Museum, Ngakawau, Millerton, and Stockton. Hector is the home to the Country Music Museum. Visit Granity and witness the action of climate change on a small settlement.

Remains of historic Blackwater goldmine in Waiuta

Day Four
Westport to Cape Foulwind to Reefton
Morning exploration of Cape Foulwind

One of New Zealand’s best short walks as it embraces spectacular coastal scenery, wildlife, a lighthouse and weka sightings. A one hour walk that is no problem to walk back as you get view scenery you missed the first time. Cape Foulwind Walkway: Cape Foulwind area, West Coast region.

Westport to Cape Foulwind to Reefton

Cape Foulwind @yuriname

Travel Pack Information

Westport Kiwi Bank branch lovely Art Deco build


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