Westport was first a gold town and then a coal town. A visit to Coaltown Museum will help you imagine life as it was for New Zealand's pioneering coal miners as you walk through a simulated underground coal mine.
The town is a great place to visit if you love outdoor adventures experience jet boating, underground rafting, caving, and white water rafting and kayaking. Scenic highlights include old coal towns, goldmining relics, forest hikes and coastal walks.
Popular with travellers is the nearby seal colony at Cape Foulwind. Depending on the season, there can be up to 100 New Zealand fur seals in the vicinity.
Westport also has a great range of places to stay, from luxury accommodation for a romantic weekend getaway to motels, home stays, backpacker hostels and camp grounds for those looking for budget accommodation.
The first white settlers came to Westport in 1861 as gold miners, and the first European vessel known to have entered the river was the sealing schooner Three Brothers in 1884.
Main Towns in the West Coast Region
Oher Towns in the West Coast Region