Westport is a lovely town on the West Coast of the South Island. Located on the northern bank at the mouth of the Buller River and connected via State Highway 6 to Greymouth and Nelson in the northeast, via Buller Gorge.
The Economic activity is focused on fishing, coal mining and dairy farming. The region is home to New Zealand's largest opencast mining operation, which is in Stockton and the Holcim cement company has a large plant in the southwest side of Westport.
This area has some famous tourist destinations, such as the Punakaiki Pancake rocks and blowholes, the Oparara Basin Arches, and the large seal colony at Cape Foulwind. Rafting and Jet Boating in the Buller Gorge gives people a thrill. As with any West Coast location, locals are spoilt for choice when it comes to outside activities. There is easy access to Kahurangi National Park and the Glacier country further south. Great ski fields are a short drive away and Westport is also a base for trips to Karamea with the only road access to the famous Heaphy Track. The newly formed Ghost Road wilderness Mountain Bike Trail is picked to be in the top ten rides in the world.
There is good access to education with local schools catering for all age groups. Buller High School is a secondary (years 9-15) school with a roll of 345. The school celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2012 but also claims to have been operating for over 100 years, due to its connection to an earlier secondary school in the district. Westport North School and Westport South School are full primary (years 1-8) schools. These schools were founded in 1942 and 1941 and celebrate tradition. There is also a Catholic primary school, St. Canice’s.
Westport is proud of its West Coast charm and hospitality. Visitors and locals alike have access to great dining and award winning restaurants. The area also has access to facilities you’d expect to find in much larger towns like the Solid Energy Centre with sport and recreation areas, a links style golf at the Westport GC and 2 movie theatres.