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. Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

    Museum/Gallery

    World War I–era planes, and the stories of their pilots, are showcased in the Knights of the Sky exhibition. Highlights include the world's...Read More

  • 2. World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum (WOW)

    Museum/Gallery

    Wacky and wonderful, this museum displays garments from the World of WearableArt Awards Show, an event pioneered in Nelson but now presented...Read More

  • 3. Carey Dillon Photographer

    Museum/Gallery

    Kumara, a tiny village at the start of the road over Arthur's Pass, is the home of photographer Carey Dillon. His rustic little gallery/shop...Read More

  • 4. Coaltown Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    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

  • 5. Edwin Fox Maritime Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    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...Read More

  • 6. Hoglund Art Glass

    Museum/Gallery

    One of New Zealand's best-known and longest-standing glass galleries is known internationally for its iconic collectible family of penguins...Read More

  • 7. Left Bank Art Gallery

    Museum/Gallery

    The Left Bank Art Gallery on the corner of Tainui Street and Mawhera Quay is a good place to see and purchase a range of artworks, including...Read More

  • 8. Murchison District Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    For a small-town operation this local, community-run museum has a lot to look at. The rustic little building features an exhibit and memorial...Read More

  • 9. NZ Classic Motorcycles

    Museum/Gallery

    Even if you’re not into motorbikes you might surprise yourself here. These classic and vintage machines evoke a wider sense of history, and...Read More

  • 10. Picton Heritage and Whaling Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Picton's seafaring history is captured with a wealth of memorabilia. The area was first a key Māori settlement called Waitohi, then an important...Read More

  • 11. Shades of Jade

    Museum/Gallery

    Owner/carver Jeremy Dalzell has been working with jade since 2000, and brings his personal designs to the quality greenstone sourced from West...Read More

  • 12. Shark Nett Gallery

    Museum/Gallery

    A family-owned gallery located beside the Kaituna Estuary is touted as "the largest privately owned collection of Māori carving in the world...Read More

  • 13. Te Pupuri Taonga O Te Tai Ao (Nelson Provincial Museum)

    Museum/Gallery

    Nelson's regional museum occupies part of the original site of New Zealand's first museum. It explores the early settlement of the town, its...Read More

  • 14. The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu

    Museum/Gallery

    These exhibits, reopening in late 2016 after a major museum renovation, show off both historical and contemporary art; this is a good place...Read More

  • 15. Jade Country Greenstone Experience

    Museum/Gallery

    The Jade Country Greenstone Experience exhibits the work of Ian Boustridge, one of the country's best sculptors of greenstone. The gallery is...Read More

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