Carters Beach is a great little coastal spot, consisting of a small community of residents, a café, playground, The Domain, the golf course, the airport, the Buller River Tip-Head and of course the beach! Surrounding the beach is rural farmland. The area has a distinctly different atmosphere from that of Westport, provided by the area's distance and geography.
The Westport area has much to offer. Simply unwind from the rat-race with pastimes such as gentle walks, photography, or just relaxing in clean fresh air. For the more adventurous there are outdoor activities, biking, hiking, caving, kayaking and gold fossicking. The West Coast is for everyone.
The Carters Beach area offers swimming, fishing, surfing, walking and whitebaiting. Westport's golf course and airport are here and people surf at the river mouth at the end of Schadick Ave.
Denniston (named after R.B. Denniston, the company's surveyor and colliery manager) was the jewel in the Westport Coal Company's crown. It was also the country's most productive coalfield. The incline plunged precipitously, 548m in a distance of just 1670m, with some grades as steep as 1 in 1.25 (80%).www.nzhistory.govt.nz
A seal colony, a lighthouse and panoramic views of mountains and the coastline feature on this spectacular coastal walkway. From the car park at Tauranga Bay, a very well formed 10-minute walking track leads to viewing platforms over the seal colony below. Interpretive panels at the platforms provide information on the activity in the colony and the seals' breeding cycle, as well as historical information about the sealing industry that once existed in New Zealand.www.doc.govt.nz
Take the Nile River Rainforest Train through lush rainforest, explore an enormous untouched cave system decorated with a breathtaking assemblage of pristine stalactites and stalagmites. Float below through incredible glowworm-lit grottoes and have fun bouncing down the Nile River rapids.www.caverafting.co.nz
Westport's township has all the facilities you need with supermarkets, a hospital, pharmacies, petrol stations, cafés and independently owned shops.www.westport.nz
Karamea is a natural wonderland, with the beginning or end of the famous Heaphy, Wangapeka and Leslie-Karamea Tracks and the Oparara Basin with the Honeycomb Hill Caves and Limestone Arches in the Kahurangi National Park.