Local Attractions

Underworld Adventures

There is something for everyone here. Take the Charleston Nile River Rainforest Train in to the Nile River Canyon. You can just take a short walk to the Nile River suspension bridge or you can continue in to the caves. Cave tours available, depending on age and fitness levels are:

The Charleston Gloworm Cave Tour
Underworld Rafting
Adventure Caving

Tours depart from Norwest Adventures base on the main highway at Charleston or pick up can be arranged from your accommodation.


Buller Adventure Tours



Buller Adventure Tours is situated in the Lower Buller Gorge on SH6, the Gateway to the Northern West Coast and the Paparoa National Park, home to the famous Punakaiki Pancake rocks and Blowholes.

Surrounded by native forest, the magnificent Paparoa Mountains and impressive Buller River, we offer an exciting variety of adventures as dynamic and diverse as our awe-inspiring environment.

Over 23 years locally owned and operated, Buller Adventure Tours specialises in quality, personalised Kiwi adventures for all thrill levels at excellent value!


OutWest Tours


Stockton Mine Tour
The Stockton mine is the largest coal mine in New Zealand. Outwest Tours holds the exclusive rights to operate tours through the mine site on the Stockton plateau. This is a very reasonably priced tour. Bring your own packed lunch and picnic high on the plateau while enjoying the stunning coastal and alpine views. This tour takes you on a journey off the beaten track by Unimog and you will learn about the mining process and observe the mine at work on a typical day. Tours depart from the Westport pick up point or arrangements can be made for you to be picked up from your motel.

Denniston Plateau Mountain Bike Tracks


The Denniston Plateau is situated 25km east of Westport and 600m above sea level.   The Department of Conservation and Buller Cycling Club have, in partnership, created the opportunity for mountain bikers to enjoy this unique environment.   Track surfaces range from gravel to rock with some short walking sections and some river crossings.   For more information on tracks and track grades visit: www.doc.govt.nz