Story: West Coast region

West Coast region

The West Coast region is a long narrow strip west of the Southern Alps, isolated from the rest of New Zealand. Most of the main towns are at the mouths of rivers where there were ports, because sea transport was often the quickest way to travel in gold-rush days, when there were few roads.

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Simon Nathan, 'West Coast region - Overview', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/21048/west-coast-region (accessed 27 September 2020)

Story by Simon Nathan, updated 1 Sep 2016