There is so much to do in Westport and the surrounding area:
Westport has some great surfing spots for everyone from beginners to experts! Never been on a surfboard before? We can teach you at Bazil's Surf School! Bring your family, friends or mum - if you can swim you can surf!
We offer lessons to guests and the public!
Lessons start at $80 per person
This includes a surf board, wetsuit and transport to the beach and back.
Surf board and wetsuit hire
$40 per person per day (9am - 5pm)
We can cater for small or large groups!
Discounts may apply to larger groups or returning customers.
Get in touch - 03 789 6410
Bazil's SUP Tours
Bazil's Hostel runs Stand Up Paddle Boarding tours through the Kawatiri Lagoon. Suitable for all ages and ability. Hire or fully guided tours. All equipment provided.
Kawatiri Coastal Trail
Walk or cycle the new Kawatiri Coastal Trail from Westport via Carter's Bay, Cape Foulwind and Tauranga Bay all the way to Charleston! The track is in excellent condition with fascinating information about the region's history, flora and fauna along the way. Hire a bike from Bazil's to make the most out of this amazing volunteer project!
Buller Canyon Jet
Go on a thrilling jet boat ride on the mighty Buller River, as you carve your way through the pink granite rock of the canyons, pass waterfalls and surf on the earthquake rapids, right in the heart of historic gold mining country.
Underworld Adventures is a cave rafting adventure in the Paparoa National Park. Take a train through primeval rainforest and explore a calcitic paradise in one of New Zealand's largest caves. Experience amazing stalactites and stalagmites formations before descending to the lower levels of the cave to float through the most incredible glow-worm lit grottoes.
Pulse Energy Recreation Centre
The facility includes 3 swimming pools, a fitness centre, a 2 court sports stadium, squash court and a hockey turf. There are also meeting rooms for small and large meetings and conferences. The fitness centre hosts a great selection of daily exercise classes that visitors are most welcome to join, and the aqua aerobics classes provide a great opportunity for those who like to exercise in the pool.
Go exploring on one of our many isolated beaches, build a fire, toast marshmallows and experience a famous West Coast sunset! Penguins are common around Westport's beaches.
Mountain Biking and Hiking/Tramping Trails
The Buller area has some of New Zealand's best mountain biking and hiking/tramping trails. Bazil's can help point out their favourites or check out the Old Ghost Road, Buckland Peaks Track and the Denniston Plateau.
Sea and River Fishing
Great sea and river fishing as well as huge varieties of shellfish to gather.
White Water Rafting
Try white-water rafting down the mighty Buller River.
Hire a kayak from Bazil's and enjoy the beautiful Kawatiri Lagoon!
Westport Golf Club
This golf course at Carter's Beach is playable all year round due to its sand base and is a good test for golfers of all abilities. The course is an excellent links-style 18 hole par 72 course of 5671m for the men and 5039m for the ladies.
After a long day surfing head to Shortjaw Brewing to enjoy a local craft beer. Just around the corner from Bazil's Hostel & Surf School!
Whanake Gallery & Espresso Bar
The best coffee in town and the home of photographer Staci Offwood and her stunning artwork, a lot of which is inspired by the West Coast's natural beauty.
Coaltown is a fantastic all-weather attraction that appeals to all ages and tells the coal mining history of Westport. It is a colourful and modern museum that brings the past to life and links the past to the present.