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West Coast – Nature's Paradise

The West coast is likely to be one of the most spectacular and diversified natural areas of the world. Within a few hours you are able to see a whole range of natural wonders. There are the incredible shaved 30 million year old pancake rocks, untouched rainforest, spectacular natural reflections and the breath taking twin glaciers, Fox and Franz Josef, which are waiting for you to be discovered. The West coast is the home of five of the thirteen national parks in New Zealand.

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The Incredible Pancake Rocks

These limestone rocks started forming 30 million years ago as tiny fragments of dead sea creatures and were hidden by the Tasman sea until an earthquake lifted it to the surface.

Since this event, the sea, the wind and the rain created the unique shape of this rock formation.

Franz Josef and Fox glaciers
Just a few kilometres from the Tasman coast you will find the twin glaciers.

Have a few minutes walk through the local rainforest and you are face to face with a 12 km icy mass. Cross the valley and see the perpetual ice growing bigger and bigger.

If this is just not enough, join one of the guided glacier walks, ice climbing or helicopter scenic tours offered for both glaciers.

The reflections of Lake Matheson

Close to Fox Glacier is Lake Matheson. The early morning is a fantastic time for unsurpassed views of Mt Cook and the surrounding peaks, reflecting on the quiet surface of the lake.

An easy 40 minute walk takes you to the first viewing platform, and a complete circuit of the lake can be completed in one and a half hours.


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