Upper South Island and the West Coast

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 or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Abel Tasman National Park

    One of New Zealand's most easily accessible parks is also one of the most visited, thanks to its golden sand beaches, sculptured granite headlands, and...Read More

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  • 2. Hunter's Wines

    Jane Hunter is an internationally respected winemaker and a pioneer of wine making in Marlborough. A visit to her wine cellar, a restored old farm...Read More

  • 3. Kahurangi National Park

    Kahurangi is a vast wilderness of marbled karst mountains; glaciated landforms; alpine tablelands; rivers; alpine tarns; and beech, podocarp, and coastal rain forests. Underground are...Read More

  • 4. Nelson Classic Car Museum

    See a superb collection of 150 immaculate vintage cars from over 100 years of motoring, ranging from a 1908 Renault AX to classics of the...Read More

  • 5. Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

    War stories are brought to life with actual historic planes placed in settings dramatized by New Zealand's Oscar-winning special-effects teams Weta Digital and Wingnut Films....Read More

  • 6. Queen Charlotte Track

    Picton is the entryway to the Queen Charlotte Track, which stretches 73.5 km (45 miles) along peninsulas, around inlets, and on ridgetops, playing hide-and-seek with...Read More

  • 7. West Coast Wildlife Centre

    Here you can see firsthand the Department of Conservation's successful breeding program of the rare kiwi species, the rowi. You can see a few rowi...Read More

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  • 8. Allan Scott Family Winemakers

    One of the most respected Marlborough winemakers, Allan Scott launched his own company in 1990, and his whole family is now involved in the business....Read More

  • 9. Boulder Bank

    A defining Nelson landscape feature is the 13-km (8-mile) natural stone bank, built from the eroding Mackay Cliffs farther north along the coast. The sheltered...Read More

  • 10. Brancott Estate

    This estate is worth a visit not only for its history (the region's first sauvignon blanc grapes were planted here), but also for the striking...Read More

  • 11. Cloudy Bay Vineyards

    Since its first vintage in 1985, Cloudy Bay has produced first-class sauvignon blanc, along with a range that includes an equally impressive Pelorus sparkling, chardonnays,...Read More

  • 12. Coaltown Museum

    Westport is a town based around coal, and the stories, challenges, and hardships of mining on (and under) the high plateau behind the town are...Read More

  • 13. Collingwood

    After winding past several small farming districts and close to beach communities such as Paton's Rock, Onekaka, and Tukurua, State Highway 60 ends at Collingwood,...Read More

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  • 14. Edwin Fox Maritime Museum

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

  • 15. Fromm Winery

    Terroir over technology is the mantra at Fromm, one of Marlborough's smaller wineries known for its organic, sustainable growing principles. All grapes are handpicked. Fromm...Read More

  • 16. Fyffe House

    Kaikoura's oldest building, erected soon after Robert Fyffe's whaling station was established in 1842, is now a small museum. Partly built on whale-bone piles on...Read More

  • 17. Glacier Hot Pools

    After your day touring and hiking, fall into these pools nestled in a bewitching area of rain forest right in Franz Josef village. The three...Read More

  • 18. Heaphy Vineyards

    This boutique winery (formerly known as Kahurangi Vineyards), in the small village of Upper Moutere, was one of the region's first, developed by Hermann Seifried...Read More

  • 19. Highfield TerraVin

    Sitting high on the Brookby Ridge, with spectacular views over the Wairau Plains, this winery is marked by a Tuscany-inspired tower that visitors are welcome...Read More

  • 20. Hoglund Art Glass

    One of New Zealand's longest-standing glass galleries is known internationally for its iconic collectible family of penguins as well as bold platters and vases. Their...Read More

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