A region left out

Westland is an area bounded by the Southern Alps to the east and the Tasman Sea to the west is only 10 miles wide by some 600 miles long. At one time this region had more hotels than any other per head of population. The town of Westport once had 26 hotels on its main street, now it may have only 5.

Places to visit are the museums in most towns for relics of pioneer life. The pancake rock formations at Punakaiki. Shanti-town near the town of Greymouth, where you can pan for gold and see how the early settlers lived. There are opportunities to walk and climb in the valleys, mountains

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A tranquil lakeside village

The jetty at Moana

Situated half an hours drive inland from Greymouth, and on the tourist route to Arthurs Pass, Moana is a recreation village set on the shore of Lake Brunner.

Much of the land around the lake is farm, forest and mountain, and only accessible by boat or on foot. There is an extensive local history from the early days of gold prospecting, the development of forestry and farming. The place to find out local history is asking the local people, often the hotel bar is the ideal place for this.

Activities often centre around the lake. There are swimming beaches and you can hire power boats

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