West Coast Day Tours

New Zealand’s remote West Coast region contains some of the country’s most dramatic scenery – wild coastlines, ancient glaciers, picturesque mountain ranges and lush native rainforest. Within the area’s five national parks are an array of scenic highlights, including New Zealand’s highest mountain, longest caves and famously the lowest and most accessible glaciers in the world, Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier.

Early Māori named the area Te Tai O Poutini, meaning ‘The tides of Poutini’, after the spiritual guardian of the prized pounamu (greenstone) found there in abundance. European settlers flocked to the West Coast during the gold rush of the late 1800s, but today it is one of New Zealand’s most sparsely populated regions.

GreatSights West Coast sightseeing tours depart daily year round from Queenstown and offer coach services to and from Greymouth further up the West Coast, as well as connecting to the TranzAlpine railway to Christchurch. Please note the West Coast is a very popular route during the summer months and passengers are advised to book early.

8 Day Tours to experience

Travel across the South Island from Queenstown to Fox Glacier on a full-day coach tour through amazing natural scenery.
  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • See The Southern Alps
  • Full-day Sightseeing Tour

from $147 NZD

Spend a day surrounded by New Zealand's scenic highlights, crossing through the Southern Alps from Queenstown to Franz Josef on the West Coast.
  • 8 hours 5 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Full-day Sightseeing Tour

from $154 NZD

See the South Island's famous scenery on a day tour from Fox Glacier on the West Coast to vibrant Queenstown.
  • 7 hours 55 minutes
  • Full Day Tour
  • Multilingual commentary

from $147 NZD

Discover the spectacular scenery of New Zealand's South Island as you travel through forest, mountain and grassy plains from Franz Josef to Queenstown.
  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Full Day Tour
  • Wild West Coast

from $155 NZD

Take a tour from tranquil Lake Wanaka to the remote and rugged West Coast of the South Island, finishing at Fox Glacier.
  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Spectacular West Coast scenery
  • Driver Guide Commentary

from $116 NZD

Experience the pristine beauty of the South Island landscape as you travel from Wanaka to Franz Josef, home of the stunning Franz Josef Glacier.
  • 6 hours 5 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Luxury Coach Travel

from $116 NZD

Set off on a full day tour from Fox Glacier to the sporting paradise of Lake Wanaka, crossing over the Southern Alps from the wild West Coast to the tranquil Queenstown lakes district.
  • 5 hours 50 minutes
  • Half Day Tour
  • Wild West Coast

from $116 NZD

Cross over the Southern Alps from the rugged West Coast and glacier country, into the peaceful atmosphere of Lake Wanaka, on a full day sightseeing tour.
  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Luxury Coach Travel

from $116 NZD

Free cancellation

You'll receive a full refund if you cancel at least 2 hours in advance of your tour experience.