West Coast tourism – the local way

10 Apr 2018

West Coast tourism – the local way As summer winds to a close, and the cooler months approach, it’s a great time to think about playing tourist in our own backyard.  Along the West Coast we have hundreds of kilometres of wilderness to explore.  Dotted throughout, there are some pretty outstanding tourism attractions as well. Ian Johnson, Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s Lead Tutor for Tourism[sitetree_link,id=1158] and Hospitality, wants to let locals in on one of the Coast’s best kept secrets – that the cooler months are the best time for locals to get out and explore. “There are fewer people around, but all the services continue to run, meaning you get much more out of the experience.  Many of the Coast’s tourism attractions offer locals’ rates too.  Bring along proof of your address and make sure you ask at the ticket counter,” he says. From Haast to Karamea, there are some exciting and unique experiences scattered the length of the region. We all know of the popular tourist spots – but how many have you actually taken the time to visit recently? Did you know that the dramatic landscapes of the Haast World Heritage Area have been compared by UNESCO to the Grand Canyon and Great Barrier Reef as a...

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Three top West Coast mountain biking experiences this autumn

16 Mar 2018

Three top West Coast mountain biking experiences this autumn With a scorching summer behind us, Tai Poutini’s Outdoor Education Director Dave Ritchie says that now’s a great time to explore some of the West Coast’s wide variety of mountain bike trails. The Coast’s ambitious and passionate riders have worked tirelessly over recent years, creating a network of trails to suit all riding abilities.  Dave reckons now’s the time to enjoy them – cooler days and a little dampness in the air makes trails less dusty, more pleasurable to ride, and they are certainly less crowded than in the busy summer months. So – where are Dave’s top spots?  *Riding the whole family can enjoy* The West Coast Wilderness Trail[https://www.westcoastwildernesstrail.co.nz/] is one of the country's smoothest and most accessible cycle trails.  Sit back, relax and just soak up the scenery, winding your way through ancient rainforests, along glacial rivers, around moody lakes and across wetlands. Rest those legs at the cafes and restaurants dotted along the way.  Confident riders will enjoy it equally – in fact, riders on Tour Aotearoa last year voted it the best in the country.  You can do all 140 kilometres at once - across four days - or just nab the odd day-trip. Either way, it's...

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