West Coast

Famous for its picturesque scenery, friendly locals, high amounts of rainfall and spectacular tourist attractions, the West Coast is a highly sought after location. Located on the west coast of the South Island, the regions main centres consist of Greymouth, Westport and Hokitika. The largest town in the region, Greymouth, is rich in history with many galleries dotting the city. The town is known for its gold mining and jade hunting history, with artefacts being displayed at many museums and galleries. The town of Westport is also known for its history of gold mining. If this doesn’t interest you, the town offers many outdoor activities - including underground rafting, caving and jet boating. If you’re lucky, you may also be able to spot a cluster of 100 New Zealand fur seals in the Westport area, depending on the season. The stunning town of Hokitika is known for its breathtaking scenery, picturesque walking tracks and rich history. The warm climate attracts many tourists who flock to learn more about New Zealand history, or experience the stunning scenery for themselves. The lesser populated West Coast region is known for being friendly and welcoming to both locals and tourists alike. The West Coast is also home to the spectacular Fox Glacier - a highly sought after travel destination for many tourists. Whether you wish to relocate to a small town, immerse yourself in the rich history of the area or participate in many stunning walking trails, the West Coast will have options for you!

Key Information
Population 32,600
Employment rate 69.7%
GDP Per Capita $48,156
Average Weekly Rent $237