Buller District Council

Things to see and do

Buller Gorge

Take a drive 40-minute drive through the wild and picturesque valley formed by the Buller Gorge to Hawks Crag where the road has been cut through the rock face.

Photo by Richard Rossiter

Activities include:

Scotts Beach Heaphy Track photo by Richard Rossiter

  • North Beach and mouth of the Buller River
  • Tauranga Bay – seal colony
  • Carters Beach
  • Surfing
  • Fishing
  • Bird watching
  • Orowaiti and Okari Lagoons
  • Tauranga Bay seal colony
  • Walking and mountain biking
  • Buller offers many great walking and mountain biking tracks www.westport.nz
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  • Heaphy Track – one the ‘ten great walks’ in Aotearoa/ NZ
  • Kawatiri Coastal Trail
  • Paparoa Track- one of the ‘ten great walks’ in Aotearoa/NZ
  • Cape Foulwind – lighthouse

Photo by Richard Rossiter


  • Kawatiri Coastal Trail
  • Paparoa Track
  • i-SITE Information Centre
  • Coaltown Museum
  • NBS Theatre shows and movies
  • John Deere Museum
  • Mini golf at Westport Holiday Park
  • Orowaiti Cemetery
  • Pulse Energy Recreation Centre (PERC) – pool and gym, squash, tennis, hockey, volleyball, badminton, basketball
  • Westport Golf Club
  • Historic Denniston Mine
  • 18-hole golf course
  • Children’s playground and domain

Photo by Richard Rossiter

Denniston Plateau

The historic Denniston Plateau

The stories about the lives of early miners’ who lived on this wild plateau are a unique part of New Zealand history. To get there, turn off at Waimangaroa (15-minutes from Westport).

  • Historic coal mine site.
  • Famous Denniston Incline.
  • Denniston Museum.
  • Panoramic coastal views.
  • Mountain biking.
  • Denniston Excursion with Out West Tours.
  • Denniston Museum.

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