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Activities, West Coast

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√ Adventure Activities : - Tour operators in the West Coast offer white water rafting, underground cave rafting, jet boating, horse trekking, mountain biking, kayaking, caving and a range of other activities. √ Heaphy Track in the Kahurangi National Park : - Visitors can enjoy one of New Zealand's 'Great Walks' as well as a range of shorter walking options. √ Seal Colony : - Cape Foulwind near Westport has a seal colony viewing point accessible by short walk. The track is suitable for wheelchair acces. √ Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes : - The blowholes operate at high tide and are best on a blustery day when there are big seas. √ Shantytown, 15 minutes South of Greymouth : - A replica pioneering town with steam train rides, a working gold claim where visitors can successfully pan for gold, as well as historic buildings including the local saloon, jail, church, hospital and school. √ Blackball (30 minutes inland from Greymouth) : - Blackball is where the New Zealand Labour Party movement was founded. Visit the well known hotel 'Formerly the Blackball Hilton'. √ Ross (30 minutes South of Hokitika) : - As well as being of historic interest, this goldmining town still has working goldmines. Visitors can do a local tour from the Ross Goldfields information centre. √ White Heron Sanctuary, Whataroa : - Visit the only nesting colony of the white heron (kotuku) in New Zealand. The bird's breeding season is between October and March. √ Coastal Okarito : - Observe the largest unmodified tidal inlet in New Zealand and a major feeding area for birds, with over 70 species recorded. √ Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers : - Take a guided walk or helihike on to the glaciers.

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