West Coast Bed & Breakfast Accommodation
West Coast Bed & Breakfast Accommodation
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Bed & Breakfast Accommodation on the West Coast

Welcome to the West Coast Bed & Breakfast accommodation official @home directory website, for bed & breakfast accommodation on the West Coast.

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This website was created to showcase @home members offering accommodation on the West Coast, and to help you find superior service during your visit.

The West Coast of New Zealand is one of the most spectacular scenic areas to visit in the country. Nestled between the Tasman Sea and the rugged bush clad mountains of the Main Divide, the West Coast has become a tourism hotspot.

The Lonely Planet numbers the West Coast amongst the "Top 10 Coastal Drives of the World".

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Bed and breakfast accommodation can be found in the following areas:

Karamea bed & breakfast
Ngakawau bed & breakfast
Charleston bed & breakfast
Punakaiki bed & breakfast
Matai bed & breakfast
Barrytown bed & breakfast
Nine Mile bed & breakfast
Dunollie bed & breakfast
Greymouth bed &breakfast

Awatuna bed & breakfast
Hokitika bed & breakfast
Ruatapu bed & breakfast
Ross bed & breakfast
Hari Hari bed & breakfast
Whataroa bed & breakfast
Franz Josef bed & breakfast
Fox Glacier bed & breakfast

West Coast, South Island

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"The Coast" as it's affectionately known, stretches from Kahurangi Point in the north, to Awarua Point in the south, a distance of about 600km. Bordered on the west by the Tasman Sea, and to the east by the rugged Southern Alps, the region is undeniably one of the most scenic areas in New Zealand.

Before Europeans settled The Coast, early Maori prized the greenstone (pounamu or jade) which they used for ornamental jewellery and weaponry. As such, the Maori name for the West Coast is Te Wahi Pounamu, "The Place of Greenstone".

Early Europeans settled The Coast in 1864 primarily because of the discovery of gold there, and an industry sprung up around it, creating employment and towns, with many Europeans and Chinese miners seeking to create their fortunes.

The discovery of coal in the 1840's near the Buller River, added another valuable export resource for the West Coast, which still survives today.

The 1800's was a time of discovery with many exploitive trips by surveyors and geologists exploring the area, of note, Charles Heaphy, William Fox and Thomas Brunner.

Although the financial mainstay of the West Coast is its natural resources, the economy has shifted to include agriculture, horticulture and tourism, and has one of the fastest growing regional economies in New Zealand.

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Today the region is still sparsely populated with the 2006 census recording just over 31, 000 people.

This page was last updated: Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 4:25:43 PM

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