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Westport

A place time tries to forget

Tauranga Bay, 20 mins drive west of Westport where there is a seal colony and coastal walkway.

Westport is the largest town and commercial centre for the Buller District in north Westland. It sits at the mouth of the Buller River which is one of New Zealand’s largest rivers.

The town was founded on gold mining and later coal which is still mined in the district. Westport also has is a large cement factory and agriculture plays an important part of the local economy with dairying, beef cattle and sheep farming.

It is also a fishing port which is large enough to be served by coastal trading ships and the occasional cruise liner.

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Paparoa NP

A diverse landscape

Driving the Buller Gorge

Located on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, Paparoa National Park extends from the Buller River in the north almost to Greymouth in the south encompassing most of the Parapoa mountain range with a highest peak being Mount Uriah at 1,501m (4,925 ft), and there are a number of other peaks are higher than 1,200m most of which are covered in temperate rain forest.

A Scientifically Significant Park This park was established in 1987, and is an impressive (though small) addition to the national park family of New Zealand. With 30,000 hectares of unique bush, mountains, coasts and waterways, it is a very special place in New Zealand. The park

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Nelson Lakes NP

An outdoor adventure playground

Lake Rotoiti

This is a special recreation region in the north of the South Island of New Zealand which includes two ski areas, two spectacular lakes, expansive forests, exciting river adventures, gold-panning, nature tours, caving, hiking and mountain biking.

Over 100,000 hectares of Pure New Zealand Nelson Lakes is New Zealand’s ninth national park, and consists of 1,020 km long ranges separated by deep valleys. It covers forests, lakes, and mountains. The beech-covered landscape is broken and split by rugged mountains, some with peaks rising to 2,200m. With many lakes, including Lakes Rotoiti and Rotoroa, within its borders, Nelson Lakes is a wilderness escape typical of the South Island of New Zealand: stunning scenery with

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