Westport is the name of the town that was a western port of New Zealand. The town was born out of the coal and gold mining industries. Coal in particular. Westport has had a colourful history of which there is an abundance. History is on display everywhere in Westport. The Museum at Westport is a must visit that gives a really great insight in days past. Shipping in particular.

Westport is currently suffering the impacts of ‘green’ global decisions more than most. The town, as so Greymouth is sitting on rich reserves of fine grade coal that can’t be touched.

Westport is located on the northern bank and at the mouth of the Buller River, close by the prominent headland of Cape Foulwind. It is connected via State Highway 6 with Greymouth 100 kilometres to the south, and with Nelson in the northeast, via the Buller Gorge. The seal colony and Tauranga are nearby and are worth the excursion.

The first white settlers came to Westport in 1861 as gold miners and while gold brought initial interest the area soon became much more famous for coal mining, still a dominant concern in the region today.

The first railway of the area was being built as early as 1874, extending from Westport up to 18 km to the coal fields that serviced the then busy ports. Westport boasts a number of hotels that thus far survived the history.

The Anglican Church has heritage listing.

Westport had representation at the Boar War, and Way Memorial and gardens are cared for monuments.

Westport as a town and history is a must visit, and to allow for Karamea and Denniston allow a minimum of two days.


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course