Ross is an easy 25 minute drive south of Hokitika. Originally founded on gold, Ross has a colourful history, and local heritage guides love to introduce visitors to their town. View a working gold mine, pan for gold, just as the old miners did, or visit one of the many historic sites. Ross has a general store, and a service station for motoring needs.
Hari Hari is a small dairy farming settlement located about half way between the Glaciers and Hokitika. Its ‘claim to fame’ dates back to 1931, when Guy Menzies, a young aviator from Sydney, made the first solo flight across the Tasman Sea, and landed upside down in a swamp on the outskirts of town!
Hari Hari grew as a prosperous milling town during the last century, and the spirit of its pioneer past lives on in the relaxed hospitality offered to visitors by the local community.
Located only 50 minutes north of the Franz Josef Glacier, Hari Hari offers a range of good quality accommodation, a friendly local hotel and dining. Activities include guided freshwater and seawater fishing, hunting, ‘hot rock’ rafting and a variety of coastal and rainforest walks... or simply relax and enjoy the local lifestyle and arts & crafts.
Hari Hari has a general store, and a service station for motoring needs.
Pukekura – Lake Ianthe
This small timber town is situated on the main highway 22 kilometres south of Ross, and is surrounded by magnificent stands of native Rimu trees. Home of The Bushmens Museum, Historic Pukekura Tavern, Wild Game Restaurant And Café. Duffers Creek offers the chance to pan for gold and south of Greens Beach is a large Seal Colony.
Just to the south is Lake Ianthe, one of Westland's many beautiful forest-lined lakes popular for boating, trout fishing and swimming.
The northern gateway of Glacier Country, is a small village that offers accommodation, a general store and service station. It is also the departure point for guided tours to view beautiful white heron (kotuku) breeding colony. Approximately 150 white herons nest here each year and this is their only known breeding ground in New Zealand.