We STRONGLY recommend the RECREATION HOTEL for your stay on The Coast. They will make you welcome, and you will be very comfortable while here! We are sure they will make you feel as 'at home' as they can. 


1) Drive to the Coast from 'Away'. Visitors from the North Island can cross by ferry to Picton then Greymouth (360kms) is a pleasant 4 hour drive- (about ½ an hour less to Westport, or about ¾ hour less to Reefton.)

2) Travel to Greymouth via the Transalpine to Greymouth. Of course you can hire a vehicle here.

3) Fly to either Westport or Hokitika
 ...or fly to Westport and from Hokitika, perhaps? 

4) Make Greymouth your 'base of operations' and travel to each venue daily. Greymouth to Westport (100kms) about 1¼ hours, Greymouth to Hokitika (42kms) about 35 minutes, and Greymouth to Reefton (80kms) just over ¾ hour.

5) Choose accommodation at the venue for each day's golf and travel to new one after each day's play.

Remember we will be in daylight saving time and so there will be lots of daylight left after golf!   

Of course everybody is free to make their own arrangements but here we offer a few suggestions for you to consider, and perhaps one or two hints that will make your stay more enjoyable (just in case the golf doesn't live up to expectations? Perish the thought)! 

WESTPORT - The 1st stop on the West Coast Golf Challenge tour.

 Westport is the most northerly of our West Coast Golf Challenge golf towns. It has an airport that connects with Wellington and the roads that connect it to the rest of the world are both picturesque and in good repair. Travel times from the other Coast towns participating in the Golf Challenge aren't huge and anybody choosing to drive will enjoy the magnificent views, whether it's through the Buller Gorge to Reefton or down State Highway 6 to Greymouth and Hokitika. Highway 6 is known just as The Coast Road but has been named by Lonely Planet as one of the world's most picturesque drives (Karamea to Haast). In our view the stretch from Charleston to Rapahoe is certainly New Zealand's best. (Try it and prove us wrong?)

For those with an interest in harness racing, the Westport Trots will be held (at Westport) on Friday with a 6 race programme starting at 3pm. This gives the very keen time to get back there for perhaps the last couple of races and the socialising afterwards.

Reefton is notable because it was the first town in the Southern Hemisphere to have electric street lighting, hence it's tourist name- "The Town Of Light." If visitors elect to stay for a night or more in Reefton while over for the golf there are lots of options to while away the spare hours. The rivers in the district would suit the angler or other water-sportsperson well, and there are plenty of activities around that will be of interest- gold-panning, historical displays and sites, cycling or just walking.

Visitors can book a comfortable stay in "The Town Of Light". Visit http://www.reefton.co.nz/where-to-stay/hotels/ for more information.

The Reefton Trots will be held (in Reefton) on Sunday following the Challenge.

Hokitika, the fourth of our golfing towns is the southern-most and is the stepping off centre for the magnificent glaciers and 'points south'. Hokitika has the Coast's other commercial airport and is serviced from Christchurch. There are great places to shop in and around Hoki, not to mention the historical visits close by that can fill any leisure time you might have. And don't forget the famous (or infamous?) "Wild Foods Festival" happens the weekend following the West Coast Golf Challenge!

REEFTON  - The 2nd stop on the West Coast Golf Challenge tour.

 Greymouth is arguably the political 'Captial' of the West Coast and lies at the mouth of the Grey (or Mawhera) River. As an alternative to driving or flying to the Coast visitors can do a lot worse than coming over and through the Southern Alps on the 'Trans Alpine', a spectacularly beautiful half-day train journey from Christchurch via Arthurs Pass. Though it's at its best in the depths of winter when the Alps are covered with snow, it is always a memorable trip. If visitors have the urge there are plenty of activities in and around town with iconic Shantytown being just one.

We recommend our Favoured Accommodation partners for your stay in Greymouth.

The Recreation Hotel, Greymouth. Comfortable and affordable rooms to suit your needs, 'Buccleugh's On High' licensed restaurant and modern, friendly bar. http://www.rechotel.co.nz/ 

 HOKITIKA - The 3rd stop on the West Coast Golf Challenge tour.

GREYMOUTH - The final stop on the West Coast Golf Challenge tour.

Goto Recreation Hotel website for information.

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