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    to around 30 permanent residents but it was once a gold mining boom town Take the time to explore and imagine what it was like in days gone by At Okarito lagoon on the west coast of the South Island there s a huge area of shallow open water and tidal flats just waiting to be explored It s the perfect location for sheltered water kayaking and there is plenty

    Original URL path: http://www.westcoastwine.co.nz/wine-tour-map/okarito-lagoon (2016-05-02)
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    worth a stop You can walk the valley floors to the front of the glaciers called the terminal face to see these rivers of ice up close Just please don t go past the warning signs Rocks and ice can fall of the faces at any time The Franz Josef Glacier Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere offers visitors a rare opportunity to experience a dynamic glacial environment in a temperate

    Original URL path: http://www.westcoastwine.co.nz/wine-tour-map/franz-josef-glacier (2016-05-02)
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    the terminal face to see these rivers of ice up close Just please don t go past the warning signs Rocks and ice can fall of the faces at any time For those who want to touch it try a guided glacier tour with Franz Josef Glacier Guides or Fox Glacier Guides It is an otherworldy experience not to be missed To see the glacier you can walk to the

    Original URL path: http://www.westcoastwine.co.nz/wine-tour-map/fox-glacier (2016-05-02)
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    Views The waters of Lake Matheson are dark brown so on a calm day they create the ideal surface for reflections of New Zealand s highest mountains including Aoraki Mt Cook Lake Matheson was formed about 14 000 years ago when the Fox Glacier retreated and left a depression which later filled with water The Lake Matheson Walk is an easy walk that heads through ancient native forest including tall rimu and kahikatea trees to a pontoon that extends out onto the lake and continues around the lake The walk from the car park takes 40 minutes to the pontoon or 1 5 hours around the lake Nature has combined exactly the right ingredients to create truly stunning reflections of New Zealand s highest peaks Aoraki Mount Cook and Mount Tasman The waters of Lake Matheson are dark brown so on a calm day they create the ideal reflective surface The colour is caused by natural leaching of organic matter from the surrounding native forest floor By a happy coincidence the mountains to the east are perfectly positioned to reflect in the lake At the base of Lake Matheson and gateway to the walkway are Matheson Café and ReflectioNZ Gifts

    Original URL path: http://www.westcoastwine.co.nz/wine-tour-map/lake-matheson (2016-05-02)
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    track starting from the main Gillespies Beach car park Wander past historical remains of the suction dredge used by the miners in the late 19th century Interpretation panels take you back to when Gillespies Beach was a bustling gold mining town there are beaches and then there is Gillespie Beach not a beachy type of Beach mind you as this one is covered in stones large and small all nicely

    Original URL path: http://www.westcoastwine.co.nz/wine-tour-map/gillespies-beach (2016-05-02)
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    view and the crashing surf of the Tasman Sea and admire the many rock sculptures visitors have built Bruce Bay is a tiny settlement along the water edge where the coast road emerges from the forest canyon to reveal sweeping coastal views of the bipolar Tasman Sea which ranges from a millpond to a thrashing turbulent maelstrom depending on how it is feeling It is a good place for a

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    an hour drive south of Fox Glacier village Go for a look at the amazing salmon farm even Feed the salmon have a wander round the shop and grab a snack at the cafe and admire the salmon ponds this is all set in a beautiful native forest setting approximately 1 hour drive on the main road from either Fox Glacier or Haast The cafe fresh and smoked salmon dishes

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    returns to the coasts almost every year since 1989 This species is rather rare on New Zealand coasts Spectacular beaches home to fur seals and crested penguins untouched lowland rainforests spread between pristine lakes and rivers which drain the snow capped Southern Alps Few places on earth can match the unique natural setting of the Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki in the heart of the 2 7 million hectare South West

    Original URL path: http://www.westcoastwine.co.nz/wine-tour-map/lake-moeraki (2016-05-02)
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