ADVENTURE - Looking for thrilling, exciting action? Look no further. The West Coast offers heart racing adrenalin pumping fun for all ages. A wealth of breathtaking activities ensures your trip to the West Coast is truly memorable.
GLACIERS - Experience the twin glaciers, Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier . Unique & majestic - Rivers of ice plunging down through rainforest to almost sea level - true wonders of nature. Experience the unforgettable with a glacial encounter....
HISTORY & HERITAGE - Come visit us and you will be amazed at how our rich history of pioneering, gold, pounamu and coal have shaped the West Coast. Immerse yourself in our coastal culture, and be spirited back in time to the days of the Wild West.
This book presents an introduction to the West Coast’s physical environment, plants and animals, and a guide to the walks, lakes and highways of the region. Short easy paths are described in detail, along with the plants, animals and natural features to look for along the way. Longer, more demanding trails are less described. The lakes and lagoons are best explored by kayak, and guidance is given for the paddling naturalist. Remote and wild it may seem, yet most of its natural attractions are accessible from sealed roads and well-formed paths, some even wheelchair accessible.
About the Author
Over the past 40 years Kerry-Jayne Wilson has made hundreds of visits to the West Coast, and now lives near Charleston beside the Tasman Sea and beneath the Paparoa Mountains. In 2009 she retired after 23 years lecturing in ecology and conservation at Lincoln University. She has undertaken research on West Coast penguins, shearwaters, petrels, fur seals and kea. She has written about 70 scientific publications including two books, the last one being the award-winning Flight of the Huia (CUP, 2004).
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