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Taste possum pie at Pukekura, pan for gold in Shantytown, hike the glacier at Fox or Franz Josef, there’s just so much to do in this magical part of New Zealand.
If you are lucky enough to travel the West Coast on one of its crystal clear days, don’t miss the opportunity to take a scenic flight up and over the mountains, you won’t believe the sights!
The northern end of this wild, historic coast has a special micro climate. Here you can venture onto the famed Heaphy Track or just enjoy the majestic native bush.
View the wonderful natural forest from above with a treetops walk or try some white water rafting.
No one should drive past the incredible rock formations at Punakaiki without stopping to marvel, and if time allows take a day walk into the Paparoa National Park.
Prices from $150 to $250 per couple
35 Minutes North of Greymouth.
Croesus Cottages are situated just a 15 walk to the Ocean, a 5 minute walk up the road to access the new Paparoa Great Walk, and just opposite the walk entrance is the now refurbished All Nations Hotel which serves Coffee/Beer and Food every night.
A 15 minute drive North takes you to the famous Pancake Rocks, Tavern, Cafe and Crafts. Canoeing, Horse Treks, Hiking and Wagon Tours or Surfing the point, are all at your fingertips. 5 minutes drive South and you can make your own Knife or Jade Carving. Further South is the Town of Greymouth, and from there to Franz Joseph. North is to Westort and Karamea. This area is an adventure playground with continuing up graded facilities to cater for most people. Scenic attractions abound. You can be a lounge lizard enjoying the peace and tranquility, or you can be on the fast track adventure hound with mountain bike tracks or the grunt hike to the top of Croesus Hill.
The area is steeped in History, from the Jade routes, to Flax Milling, and Gold Mining. Barrytown itself is an old Mining Town which dates back to the 1870's. Visit the All Nations and talk to the locals for plenty of local history, having a beer on the deck watching the famous West Coast Sun Sets.