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Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > West Coast > Charleston


Charleston is a small village 30km south of Westport. The most popular activity here is caving although there are also extensive rock climbing opportunities in the area. You can stop at Mitchell’s Gully Gold Mine to experience goldmining, or take a walk along the Flagstaff or Lookout walks. There is easy access to the beach and Cape Foulwind from here.

Coming & going

Atomic Shuttles (tel (03) 349 0697), InterCity Coachlines (tel (03) 365 1113) and Southern Link K Bus (tel (03) 358 8355 or 0508 458 835) stop in Charleston en route between Greymouth and Nelson. Buses stop on Main Road (State Highway 6).

Hostel accommodation


Birds Ferry Road, Big Totara River
Tel 027 431 0491

Pounamu Backpackers

State Highway 6, Charleston
Tel (03) 789 8011

Pyramid Farm Hostel

Coast Road, Charleston
Tel (03) 789 8487

Sights & activities

Metro Cave

The 8km long Metro Cave is a beautiful subterranean world of stalactites, stalagmites and glow worms. Norwest Adventures operate several different tours of the caves, which range from an easy scenic tour to cave rafting and adventure caving where you abseil into the cave, climb up waterfalls and squeeze through tight spaces.

Tel (03) 789 6686
Website www.caverafting.com
Cave tour $90; cave rafting $145; adventure caving $295

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