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Westport: 101km (63 miles) N of Greymouth; 226km (140 miles) SW of Nelson

The drive to Westport (town pop. 4,000) is better than actually arriving here. This funny little township is slightly shabby and smells of coal. I think calling it the "Adventure Capital of the West Coast" is stretching it a bit, but the area's mild climate and coastal to subtropical mountain scenery do provide an ideal setting for such outdoor activities as white-water rafting, jet-boating, horse trekking, caving, and rock climbing. For the not-so-adventurous, there are excellent sea and river fishing, gold panning, and a variety of scenic and historic walks.