Local Attractions

Things to do in the on the West Coast
near Woodpecker Bay Accommodation

Woodpecker Bay and our holiday accommodation on the West Coast are a great place to use a base for exploring and avoiding the masses. It is a comfortable drive to either Greymouth and Westport which offer shopping, petrol, cafes, restaurants and bars. Around the baches you are immersed in nature and spoiled for choice when it comes to exploring and things to do on the West Coast. Here are some activities we recommend.

Denniston area

Step back in time to the West Coast’s mining history. Denniston Coalmining Historic Area is a great day trip and has plenty of preserved artifacts from the coal mining days as well as walks and views to die for.


Punakaiki is a short drive away from our baches – you can’t miss it! It is well known for the Pancake Rocks and blow holes but also has a cafe, well-equipped shop and and tourist information. The Truman Track is also a great and easy-going short walk in the area offering impressive forest and coastal views.

Cape Foulwind

The Cape Foulwind Walkway is a great coast walk between Cape Foulwind and the Tauranga Bay Seal Colony. Along the walk you will see the seal colony, a lighthouse and panoramic views of the West Coast mountains and coastline.

Hiking and Cycling

The local area of Paparoa National Park offers some great tracks for walkers, trampers and cyclists who are keen to get off the beaten track and explore the rugged West Coast native bush. One of our Woodpecker Bay holiday homes is a great treat before or after the Paparoa track or the Old Ghost Road track. Check the DOC website for tracks in the area


Those keen to get wet, Tauranga Bay and Nine Mile Beach is a great place for surfing. There is also a surf school for gear rental and lessons.

For more experienced surfers there are several spots in and around Woodpecker Bay which can offer good surf when the conditions are right.

Shantytown Heritage Park

Just south of Greymouth is Shantytown – a heritage part which dives back in time to the period of early settlers on the West Coast. It’s a great activity for kids and/or rainy days, offering gold panning a steam train ride, and a historic ‘village’ with 30+ historic buildings to explore.

Underworld Adventures

Underworld Adventures in Charleston is a short distance north of the the baches and has some highly recommended activities; cave rafting, a glow worm cave tour, rain forest train ride and caving adventures.

Eating out

Don’t feel like cooking? Punakaiki Tavern is 15 minutes south or Charleston Tavern 10 minutes north of the baches, both offering a good range of food and drinks.

Fox River Market

During the summer months, Fox River Market is worth a visit to stock up on fresh produce, grab a bite to eat, or find a souvenir from a local artist.