The 6 Best Free Things to do in Westport, South Island

May 22, 2022 Rosalyn Ihle

Discover the best top things to do in Westport, New Zealand including Denniston Heritage Trust, Cape Foulwind Walkway, Coalbrookdale Walk, Westport I-Site, Kawatiri River Trail, Tauranga Bay Seal Colony.
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1. Denniston Heritage Trust

The Denniston Experience, Denniston Plateau, Denniston, Westport New Zealand +64 3-731 1895 http://www.denniston.co.nz/history
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5.0 based on 52 reviews

Denniston Heritage Trust

Reviewed By Jemmux96 - Wellington, New Zealand

Our trip to Denniston was surrounded in cloud due to the wet weather. Fortunately, none of the ambiance was taken away, if not enhanced by the mist covered ruins and step cliffs. Such intriguing history and such a dangerous environment for the miners to work in back in the early days of West Coast mining.

2. Cape Foulwind Walkway

Coast Road, Cape Foulwind, Westport New Zealand +64 3-731 1895 http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/west-coast/places/cape-foulwind-area/things-to-do/tracks/cape-foulwind-walkway/
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4.5 based on 707 reviews

Cape Foulwind Walkway

Reviewed By GaryandLesleyTravel - Auckland Central, New Zealand

From the “Light house” car park the walk along this wonderful stretch of NZ coastline to the Fur Seal colony took us 45 mins each way allowing us multiple stops for photos. If you have the time it’s well worth it. On a clear day from the point you can see up to Karamea and down to Mt Cook. NZ for free at its best. #nzforfree

3. Coalbrookdale Walk

Denniston Plateau, Denniston, Westport New Zealand http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/west-coast/buller/denniston-walking-tracks/
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Coalbrookdale Walk

Reviewed By JessGorton7 - Hanmer Springs, New Zealand

Absolutely stunning walk through Denniston history. We walked in along the very East path. There are signs and information points to read about the location and history. At the turnaround point is the fan house, which is still standing and at the entry point of part of the mine. Simply amazing and unexpected part of the day.

4. Westport I-Site

123 Palmerston Street Coaltown Museum, Westport 7825 New Zealand +64 3-789 6658 [email protected] http://www.buller.co.nz
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

Westport I-Site

An I-Site with an abundance of information, with dedicated staff who have an extensive knowledge of the local area. You can also book a variety of travel here, including accommodation and Doc bookings for the great walks. We also have a large selection of retail, some from local artists around our region.

Reviewed By franziskamuncz - Hokitika, New Zealand

Helpful and welcoming personal, could answer all my questions and even gave me additional information

5. Kawatiri River Trail

Westport New Zealand http://westport.nz
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Kawatiri River Trail

Reviewed By louisetanguay286 - Auckland, New Zealand

Have really enjoyed a number of the bike trails. The new section out to Carters Beach was fab, esp loved the awesome boardwalk sections.

6. Tauranga Bay Seal Colony

Coast Road, Westport 7892 New Zealand
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4.5 based on 43 reviews

Tauranga Bay Seal Colony

Reviewed By DJandR - Wanaka, New Zealand

Fantastic walk from carpark up to Tauranga Bay seal colony, lots of information boards. Wide walkways and viewing platforms. We were saddened by the lack of seals 2x adults and numerous pups. The pups were having a lot of fun in the pools of water and clambering around the rocks. We last visited 26 years ago and there is a marked difference in the number of seals. Great parking and clean toilets. A must do in Westport.

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