Welcome to Buller District West Coast New Zealand

Welcome to Buller District West Coast New Zealand

July 10, 2017 Blog 4
Punakaiki West Coast New Zealand

If you are considering a trip to New Zealand, add the Buller District West Coast New Zealand to your itinerary. Read on to discover more and view a short video clip about the region,  courtesy of Tourism West Coast.

Where is Buller?

The West Coast West Coast is split into three districts, Buller, Grey and Westland. Buller is the Northern most district of the West Coast, spanning from Karamea in the North down to Punakaiki in the South and east to Reefton and Inangahua Junction. Buller District’s overall land area is 7,953.12 km².

Things To Do

Buller is also known as the Northern West Coast South Island New Zealand, and there’s plenty of things to see and do in this beautiful part of New Zealand, from cycle trails, tramping, bird watching, nature, surfing, stunning beaches and adventure activities to suit all ages and stages.
Tourism West Coast recently posted an informational video about the Buller on YouTube, which is shared with you below. It’s quite interesting for me to watch this video, as Cape Foulwind and Tauranga Bay are featured and there’s a few places that I haven’t had the chance to explore yet. I even recognize a few people and local celebrities who are featured in the clip 🙂

I hope you’re inspired to visit and enjoy the untamed natural wilderness that is the beautiful Buller region!

Buller is well-known for its coal mining history and unique natural attractions. Whilst we do get a fair amount of rainfall during the off peak season, the weather here is generally mild and warm.

On a fine day it’s well worth a visit to the Oparara limestone arches in Karamea and Kahurangi National Park. Alternatively you can explore the Cape Foulwind walkway and see fur seals in their natural environment at the Seal Colony, or walk along the beautiful beaches of Tauranga Bay or Carters Beach nearby.

Historic Denniston and Charming Creek walkway are also my favorites for a half or full day excursion, being only a half hour drive from the lodge.

If you are still stuck for inspiration, please take a moment to visit my See & Do page which lists the most popular activities, walks, cycle trails and special places in the Northern West Coast.

Getting Here

Westport is known as the Wilderness Gateway to the Northern West Coast region. Cape Foulwind, or Westport township itself, is an ideal location to base yourself while you explore this area. We recommend a stay of two or more days to fully appreciate what we have on offer here.

There are daily flights via Sounds Air into Westport at Carters Beach. Alternative options are self drive, bus or shuttle. For driving times click here.

Shuttle Service to Westport

  • East West Coaches offer a shuttle service daily from Christchurch to Westport return 
  • Westport Shuttles also offer a regular shuttle service to and from:
    1. Westport to Nelson
    2. Westport to Christchurch
    3. Westport to Picton or Blenheim
  • Intercity provide a bus service with pickup/drop off from Caltex in the main street of Westport

By prior arrangement we can coordinate pickup /drop off (for guests) to/from Westport or the Westport Airport.


West Coast Untamed Natural Wilderness


4 Responses

  1. Rob says:

    Buller seems beautiful. Wow, I want to visit a place like this so bad. So beautiful and Earthly! I loved the video too. I really need to expand my travels and explore the wilderness. Thank you for sharing this!

    • admin says:

      Hi Rob, thanks for checking out the video – it’s a pretty awesome place that’s for sure. We moved to the South Island 18 months ago and just love it here. The people are so friendly and we’ve been made to feel so welcome in this wonderful community. Oh, and it helps that the location is stunning too! If you ever get a chance to travel – I highly recommend a trip to New Zealand. All the best, Cheers, Karen

  2. Craig says:

    I’m in the middle of planning my third trip to New Zealand and this is exactly what I was looking for! I’ve hear of the Limestone Arches numerous times, but I haven’t yet got a chance to see them. I’ve heard they are absolutely stunning. I wasn’t aware of the fur seal colony though, that sounds like a great additional. Thanks for a wonderful rundown!

    • admin says:

      Hi Craig, thanks for dropping by! New Zealand has so many hidden treasures, so do get in touch by email stay@omausettlerslodge.co.nz if you want some help planning your itinerary. Happy to help. Oh and I know this wonderful wee boutique lodge/motel at Cape Foulwind that you absolutely must stay at 😉 All the very best and I hope you enjoy your next trip down under. Cheers, Karen

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