WHAT TO DO IN WESTPORT

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CARTERS BEACH

Five minutes from Westport

Great surf beach for walking, swimming and Westport's golf course and airport.

Activities include Swimming and surfing, Surf cast fishing, 18-hole golf course, Children's playground and domain. Restaurant/cafe.

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CAPE FOULWIND

Stunning coastal views from the lighthouse carpark or take a walk down the track to the beach. Clifftop walk from the light house to Tauranga Bay - 1.5 hours one way with beautiful ocean beaches and wildlife. A seal colony and sea bird sanctuary can be seen along the walkway. 

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DENNISTON PLATEAU

The Panoramic coastal view from this plateau is not to be missed. The story of the early miners' lives on this wild plateau are a unique part of New Zealand History. Here you will find the historic coal mine site, the famous Denniston Incline, the Denniston Museum and panoramic coastal views.

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CHARLESTON UNDERWORLD ADVENTURES

While this subterranean world is usually only visited by keen, skilled adventurers, Underworld Adventures takes you on an adventures that suit, the aged, families and young fit adventurers, and allow you to explore this unique & very special environment. Come with us and explore our Glowworms, our caves and experience our train ride!

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COALTOWN MUSEUM

The various displays focus on the formation of coal, maritime history, unionism, the communities, transport and the men underground.

It is a colourful and modern museum that brings the past to life and links the past to the present.

On display we have a huge “Q” Wagon used on the world-famous Denniston Incline.

This large 8-ton coal wagon is perched at 450 showing the grade of the steepest part of the Incline.

We also have a 20-ton brake drum used to slow the wagons as they raced down the Incline. A simulated underground mine will give you an insight into the working conditions of the miners.