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A diamond in the rough. Get on the offensive, cover yourself in sandfly repellent and tackle the weather & best scenery in NZ head on.

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Karamea
Karamea is situated at the end of the road, at the Northern end of New Zealand's South Island's West Coast. It rests on the flats of the Karamea River and the coastal plain. It takes approximately one and half hours along the scenic road state highway 67, from Westport. The area is lush with native bush, Nikau palms, ferns, caves, rivers, alluvial flats, as well as beautiful long stretches of accessible sandy beaches, that border the Tasman Sea. The huge expanse of Kahurangi National Park lies to the north-east of Karamea. Abundant fishing opportunities can be had in the ocean fish for whitebait, flounder and snapper, as well as trout in the rivers.
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Haast
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Goff's Track

Goldsborough

Goff's Track

Goldsborough

Time: 45 mins one way

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Dud Grossmann

Germany

Go to less crowded places off the beaten track such as Glenorchy, Te Anau, and Okarito. Take walks (top brochures at West Coast - Trig lookout walk in Okarito is awesome! Avoid busy places with activities which cost a lot!

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Myra's Track

Denniston Plateau

Myra's Track

Denniston Plateau

Time: 4 hours return

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Gina Swindells

United Kingdom

West coast drive - Greymouth to Westport: Fantastic coastal scenic drive, one of the best in the worls. Take in Pancake Rock en-route (free) stunning scenery.

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