8 Things to Do in Westport That You Shouldn't Miss

July 17, 2017 Sachiko Swiger

Discover the best top things to do in Westport, New Zealand including The Old Ghost Road, Cape Foulwind Walkway, Coaltown Museum, Westport i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, Westcoast Brewing, Denniston Heritage Trust, Kawatiri River Trail, InterSpace Gallery.
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1. The Old Ghost Road

Lyell | Upper Buller Gorge, Westport 7825, New Zealand +64 3-280 8920
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5 based on 134 reviews

The Old Ghost Road

Experience an unforgettable adventure on The Old Ghost Road via our range of exciting new packages. Choose from one of our options and then sit back and let us help connect you with the magic of The Old Ghost Road.

Reviewed By Richard S - Auckland, New Zealand

Stunning multi day mountain bike ride - beautiful track, amazing scenery.
You certainly want to be prepared (with decent gear, fit legs and reasonable bike skills) - but the reward is a simply stunning ride. I would recommend having a couple of nights on the trail and really enjoying the trip and huts.

2. Cape Foulwind Walkway

Coast Road, Cape Foulwind, Westport, New Zealand +64 3-731 1895
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4.5 based on 556 reviews

Cape Foulwind Walkway

Reviewed By IN_Travelers47906 - West Lafayette, Indiana

Beautiful coastal area with a lighthouse and excellent walking trails. If you are travelling on NZ Hwy 6 and have the time, it is worth taking an hour or two for a side trip to Cape Foulwind.

3. Coaltown Museum

123 Palmerston St, Westport 7825, New Zealand +64 3-789 6658
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4.5 based on 67 reviews

Coaltown Museum

Reviewed By majnz - new zeland

helps if you've already gone to Denniston but never the less it's more about Westport than just mining. $10 PP won't break the bank but having to pay .50c to see the engine work felt like a rip off.
the mine was interesting as was the coal truck at the angle it went down the hill (incline)
A reasonable way of spending 2 hours on a wet day in Westport

4. Westport i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

123 Palmerston Street | Coaltown Museum, Westport, New Zealand +64 3-789 6658
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

Westport i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

Reviewed By Au W

It was our first time in Westport and the lovely Bridget was amazing! She was very friendly and helpful. She tried everything to help us enjoy Westport. Very knowledgeable staffs. You can buy small items made of coal (which is their main product). Not to...MoreThank you so much for your recent feed back. Much appreciated!!!

5. Westcoast Brewing

10 Lyndhurst Street, Westport 7825, New Zealand +64 3-789 6201
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4.5 based on 22 reviews

Westcoast Brewing

Reviewed By W0rldSurfer - San Diego, California

Fun and informative! Got to try some nice beers too! Probably the best brewery tour I've been on and a great deal for the price. Best thing was the actual brewers guided the tour instead of someone Reading off a piece of paper. Definitely recommend checking this place out.

6. Denniston Heritage Trust

The Denniston Experience, Denniston Plateau, Denniston, Westport, New Zealand
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5 based on 8 reviews

Denniston Heritage Trust

Reviewed By majnz - new zeland

First thing, the underground experience has been closed over 'health and safety' issues!
HOWEVER, don't let that stop you from coming to the Denniston Plateau to see what it was like for the miners and their families to live and work here.
The walk around the old site is on a well formed pathway and there are numerous information boards, and this sadly is where the heritage trust fails sightly,
If you look at any of the pictures then there was a multitude of buildings, all of which have disappeared to regenerating bush. It's hard to see exactly where the buildings were as the bush has now reclaimed most of what was taken from it.
I feel the trust should invest in some corner marker posts of where the buildings where so when you look out over swathes of rata and ponga you can at least get a better impression of the size of the place.
With that said this is still the Number One destination for interest and wonder in the West Coast.
Plus, even the drive up to the plateau is an attraction in itself. From almost sea level to 600m in about 12km's and 50 bends and several hairpins!

7. Kawatiri River Trail

Westport, New Zealand
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Kawatiri River Trail

Reviewed By Richard N - Westport, New Zealand

8 km of dual-use biking/walking trail linking the town of Westport to North Beach through wetland, riverside, native forest and past a small beach on the Buller Kawatiri River and on to the Tasman Sea at North Beach. Offers a variety of scenery, close-ups of wildlife, as well as history.

10 Brougham Street | Central, Westport 7825, New Zealand +64 3-789 8203
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InterSpace Gallery

Interspace Gallery creates a focus for contemporary visual arts in Westport. Providing a definite white exhibition space originally the dining room of the old Albion Hotel (now the Art Hotel) built 1880. There are artworks throughout the building. Run by a not-for-profit association of friends and artists exploring creative ideas for engaging with the wider community. Open 10am - 2pm every day.

Reviewed By Wanchyn C

The gallery is just next to art hotel which is full of paintings and art craft on the walls. Gallery is spacious and artist's pieces are portrayed nicely. Piece of hidden gem in Westport!

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