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Located near the top of the west coast of the South Island/ Te Wai Pounamu the Buller District is relaxed – you won’t find big city hustle and bustle here we keep it chilled at a relaxed pace.

It’s simply better in Buller!




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There’s still gold in the hills and rivers.



Construction and all trades to support construction, dairy farming, horticulture, aquaculture.




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We don’t know what traffic jams are, we don’t even have traffic lights or parking wardens. What we have is truck-loads of community spirit and good will. It’s all about community, we’re pretty proud about how good we are at watching out for each other.

Untamed wilderness is at our doorstep. Fishing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, boating, mountain biking, hiking, walking – all just minutes away from wherever you are.

Stretching from Punakaiki in the south to Karamea in the north, and inland to Springs Junction, the district is home to just over 9,500 people.

Westport is the west coast’s second biggest town and is Buller’s commercial and administration 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 Wellington. 

(Please note photo credits for Buller are to Richard Rossiter)

Campfire 1 Richard Rossiter v2

An hour and a half drive north from Westport is Karamea. A popular tourist destination, boasting the spectacular Oparara basin with its limestone arches and caves and the Kahurangi National Park with the famous Heaphy track. The close community of around 650 people supports a growing horticulture, dairy farming, and tourism industry.

An hour’s drive from Westport, Reefton is located at the heart of the magnificent Victoria Forest Park a mecca for mountain bikers and trampers. Founded in the 1860s with the discovery of the nearby goldfields, the population of over 1,500 cherish the town’s historic past and community spirit.

Nestled at the foot of the Paparoa National Park, the small coastal town of Punakaiki is home to around 70 full-time residents. Midway between Westport and Greymouth (an easy 40 minute drive), Punakaiki is one of the most visited conservation areas in New Zealand.

Try us you’ll like us!

Beach bonfire Richard Rossiter

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West Coast

The amazing West Coast

October 19, 2021

The West Coast South Island region reaches from Kahurangi Point in the
north to Awarua Point in the south, a distance of 600 km.

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