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The discerning traveller wants choice in the range of luxury accommodation offered to them - choice between hosted stays, self-contained and full-service luxury lodges.
New Zealand's hosted city, country, beach and off-the-beaten-track stays offer a bed and breakfast service and the opportunity to get to know the Kiwi characer at close quarters. This is what distinguishes hosted accommodation from the many motels and hotels - our host's interest in and sensitivity to the needs of their guests. Always, our hosts will give of themselves and share their way of life as well as sharing their home.
Self-contained cottages, vacation apartments and holiday homes, whether in the city or country, offer the opportunity to get away for a while - to recover from or prepare for the rigours of travel, or to just relax and soak up some sun or culture.
And when it is time to luxuriate in a full-service, boutique resort, Friars Guide properties offer some of the highest standards of service available in New Zealand.
Other accommodation guides have come and gone, but Friars has been consistently successful for four reasons. First is the size and quality of the images. Second is the volume of comprehensive and informative text. Third is the use of an objective writing style where marketing puffery and superlatives are not used everywhere. Fourth is the personal recommendation of the authors which is based on a personal visit to each property - if it does not meet our minimum standards for location, building, services and amenities, and delightful hosting, then it is not accepted for inclusion in Friars Guide.
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unique and ruggedly beautiful
On a long (514km as the godwits fly) and ruggedly beautiful strip of land between the Tasman Sea and the Southern Alps, the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island is unique. Necessitated by their isolation, the locals, known as the
Coasters, have evolved a distinctive culture based on selfreliance and hospitality. The region is deserving of more than a drive through the countryside. A paradise for outdoor pursuiters, from the walks of the Heaphy Track in Northern Buller, through
pancake rock formations of Punakaiki to the glaciers of Franz Josef and Fox, there is much to keep the enthusiast occupied. There are many museums and historic buildings recording the hard life of the gold and coal-mining era. The West Coast provides some of the best wilderness fishing on lakes and rivers and best hunting in the temperate rainforests anywhere in New Zealand. Experienced fishing and hunting guides will arrange helicopter drop-offs. It is possible to hunt for red deer, fly fish for trophy trout and surfcast for sea fish all within a four-hour period. Many of our hosts in this region will then prepare your catch for the evening meal.
areas within West Coast
Friars has identified the following areas within West Coast. Below is a breakdown of Friars listed hosts in West Coast per locality.
- Northern Buller: Seddonville (1)
- Buller: Westport (1)
- Westland: Hokitika (3), and Ross (1)
- South Westland: Haast (1), and Franz Josef (1)