For a humble fishing and mining town, Westport does a great job of standing out, although its biggest attractions actually hide under the surface.

Laid out in a neat grid, framed by the Tasman Sea and Buller River, with the Southern Alps in the background, Westport was planned to perfection. Venture underground, in the coal mine, to see how Westport survives. Head to nearby Cape Foulwind to discover what lies beneath the waves. Fur seals, orcas and dolphins are known to visit this rocky coast. Also see what’s hiding in the forests and caves of Kahurangi and Paparoa national parks.