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West Coast

The West Coast region of New Zealand is located on the west coast of the South Island and it includes the districts of Buller, Grey and Westland. It reaches from Kahurangi Point in the north to Awarua Point in the south, a distance of 600 km. To the west is the Tasman Sea and to the east is the Southern Alps. The region has a very high rainfall due to the effect of the Southern Alps. It has many scenic areas, including the Haast Pass, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki and the Heaphy Track. Major towns on the West Coast are Greymouth, Westport, and Hokitika and a recreation of an early New Zealand settlement can be found at Shantytown. Major industries on the West Coast include mining for coal and alluvial gold, forestry and wood processing, fishing including whitebaiting and tourism. Other industries are the manufacturing and sales of greenstone (jade) jewellery, sphagnum moss gathering and stone-collection for garden landscaping.


Blackball is a small town located on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

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