Westport is the West Coast’s second biggest town and Buller’s commercial and administrative centre. Situated on the mouth of the mighty Buller Kawatiri River, it is home to around 5,000 residents. Westport has a commercial port and airport, with daily flights to and from the capital city, Wellington.
Westport’s focus on major industry has shifted in recent years. While the mining and extractive sector is still one of the largest sources of employment in our community, a lot more focus and community drive is being put towards tourism and horticulture. Westport is forever growing and adapting to the needs of our District.
Westport is the perfect place to base yourself to explore the Buller District. Whether you are looking for relaxation, amazing scenery, great food, or a thrill-packed action adventure, Westport has something for you. Born from the rush for gold and later coal, the area still has mining running through its veins.