Abundant wildlife, unusual kiwi and white heron (Kotuku), dolphins and a variety of unique native alpine flora, secure colonies, the rarest penguins of the world, this 600 kilometer long region (no wider than 70 Kms at any point) serves as a time capsule, revealing what our country might have looked like before humans arrived some 1000 years ago.
With towering mountains, vast podocarp forests, temperate coastal forests, clear, clean rivers and lakes, accessible glaciers, diverse wetlands, wild beaches and long fascinating caves, the West Coast is a wonderland of natural features just waiting to be explored.
|Population||:||32,300 June 2008 estimate.|
|Currency||:||New Zealand dollar (NZ$).|
|Geographic Coordination||:||42.6°S 171.4°E.|