The gateway to the dramatic limestone country, Paparoa National Park lies half way between Greymouth and Westport on one of the most spectacular coastal highways in the World. The famous “Coast Road” is rated one of the top 10 coastal drives in the World by Lonely Planet.

Punakaiki is the main town found in the National Park and has its own subtropical micro climate making it the perfect place to stay and play. With many beaches and bush walks to explore Punakaiki is a “must do” area. Enjoy the walks, go canoeing or horse trekking or simply relax on the beach and take in the sun.

Punakaiki is part of the Buller District including Karamea, Westport and Charleston, with breathtaking drives through the Buller Gorge to Westport, the heart of the district.

Westport provides a wide range of unique activities with rafting, jet boating, mountain biking and you can even take a surfing lesson! Just past Westport heading South you will find Charleston, an old gold mining town.

The Denniston Experience –Plunge deep into the darkness of one of New Zealand’s oldest sources of energy and industrial innovation. Reveal your own pioneering spirit tagging into the Banbury mine and becoming part of its underground workings –swinging banjo shovels, clipping coal tubs, erecting pit props and imagining the extremes of life at the coalface. Tours available Under Ground Experience, Gorge Express, Twilight Descent (summer season only).Booking Essential Enquire Now 


UnderWorld Adventures and Cafe -Enjoy a Cave Rafting Adventure in the Paparoa National Park. Take the Rainforest Train through primeval Rainforest to the awe-inspiring Nile River Glow Worm Caves. Float beneath surreal galaxies of glow worms, experience the sight, sound, and feel of another world and have fun tubing down the gentle rapids of the Nile River. Try the GlowWorm Cave Tour though one of the few caves in the world that you can walk though and experience in its natural unspoilt state the way a cave explorer does. Bookings Essential Enquire Now

Karamea located in the Kahurangi National Park and the popular Heaphy Track. Visit the Oparara Valley, home to the largest lime stone arches in the Southern Hemisphere.

Inland is Reefton with its fascinating ‘Quartzopolis’ gold mining heritage experiences. A paradise for hunters, trampers, anglers, mountain bikers and 4WD enthusiasts.

For further information on the Buller District please contact the Greymouth i-SITE 0800 767 080 – email info@westcoasttravel.co.nz

View accommodation and activities in the Buller District – Karamea, Westport, Charleston, Punakaiki & Reefton

Bookings are essential over the tourist peak season, November to May. For further information on the Buller District please contact the Greymouth i-SITE 0800 767 080 – email info@westcoasttravel.co.nz