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Westland Tai Poutini National Park

Sharing a border with Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, Westland National Park has a diverse landscape - ranging from thick rainforest to the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Comprising part of the Te Wahipounamu South West New Zealand World Heritage Area, Westland National Park is recognised by UNESCO as a significant ecological location.


Located midway down the South Island’s West Coast, Westland National Park encompasses the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers.

Getting to Westland National Park

State Highway 6 is the only main road in the area, and the only way to access the park.
Bus services run from both Haast and Hokitika.

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 Accommodation in Westland National Park

Accommodation is available in Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers townships, Haast and Hokitika.  Many small bed and breakfasts also line the coastal highway, and camping sites are also available.

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Activities in Westland National Park
  • Walking & Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Scenic flights

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Westland Climate
  • The West Coast is known as the wet side of the alps, and is often rainy. Remember to bring wet weather gear if visiting the region.
  • In the backcountry, weather is alpine-moderated. Bring appropriate climbing gear if venturing further inland.
  • The West Coast can be hot and humid in the summer. Remember to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellent!
Wildlife in Westland National Park

As well as forest dwellers such as tui, bellbird and fantail, wetland birds thrive in this environment.
A highlight for bird-lovers is the stunning kotuku (white heron).


Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre
Main Road,
Franz Josef

Ph: +64 3 752 0796

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