Maps & Info
Known as New Zealand's "Gold Coast", West of the Southern Alps on New Zealand's South Island is indeed full of gold!
Maps, including printable ones can be found here
- Its first European settlers were attracted to this central West Coast area because of the gold they found on the beaches.
- And it's still there. Join the "Rush" and find some for yourself. Many of the beaches have gold claims on them but the locals are generally happy for visitors to have a go with your own gold pan. Watsons Creek is a favourite with two brothers becoming multi millionaires there in just a few weeks. There is still a gold rush here today with many operating gold claims and the southern hemispheres largest gold dredge
- But it is not just the gold, the beaches will also turn up some fabulous Jade pieces for you. All Jade (Pounamu) is owned by the local Maori Iwi but they are very generous people and allow you to take a piece home with you as long as it is no bigger than what you could carry for 24 hours without having to put it down!
New Zealand's Gold Coast has a variety of theme parks all built by nature. Great activities set in awesome landscapes. You'll find...
- Mud Park: Argueably the world biggest "fun in the Mud". You can roll in it, rub it on and even taste it. But most people drive through it. Its a 4x4 Adventure Park where you can take the wheel or let them drive for you. The best dirty fun without sheets!
- Cave Park: This place is full of caves and is a great place to see New Zealand's famous glow-worms. Join a Blackwater Rafting Adventure on tubes in this stunning Natures Underground Park
- Fishing Park: If you'd like to catch a fish then this is the place for it. Everything from Trout, Salmon, Kawhai, whitebait (in season) from the shore and tuna, shark, guarnard, red cod, trumpetter and many more if you hop on a boat. And it is all real close. You can catch most of these in a day. The Hokitika and Grey River mouths provide some great fishing, fish the length of your arm and one every caste when they are running. Just ask the locals. Rods and lures can be hired
- Rainforest Park: The Hokitika Tree Tops Walkway is a great way to see the forest and surrounding mountains suspended 30 meters above the ground. Beautiful short walks with waterfalls and ancient native trees are also popular in our rain forest parks. Or take a zipline ride through the tree tops.
- Heritage Parks: The Gold Coast has several Heritage Parks both in Greymouth and Hokitika. The popular Shantytown has a Rainforest Railway and gold panning claim for you to try your luck. Our perhaps you'd like a go at the saloon, pour your self a local beer and watch the can can girls.
- Mountain Bike Park: And its all down hill. Various runs for differing abilities in among some inspirng scenery and landscapes. If you want to add some adventure to your cycling then take a couple of these awesome runs.
- River Park: 32 Rivers and all natural. With most of them used for rafting and kayaking, NZ's Gold Coast is natures adventure land.
- National Parks: With three National Parks you'll find some stunning places to enjoy and relax in. Paparoa National Park with it's Pancake Rocks and limestone canyons, Arthurs Pass National Park with its amazing waterfalls and Alpine walks and Westland National Park with its glaciers. All have free entry.
And while you are here a visit to NZ's Gold Coast Lakes District is well worth it. Great walks, fishing and water sports. The area is also well known for its craft studios where you can watch artisans at work or have a go yourself.
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