Where are we?

The West Coast (Maori: Te Tai Poutini) is a region of New Zealand on the west coast of the South Island, one of the more remote and most sparsely populated areas of the country with the 2006 census recording 31,326 inhabitants, up from 30,303 in 2001, and lower than the 1996 figure. The June 2015 estimated population was 32,700.

It is administered by the West Coast Regional Council. At the territorial authority level, the region comprises Buller District, Grey District and Westland District. The principal towns are Westport, Greymouth and Hokitika respectively. The region's area is 23,276 km2.

The West Coast Disability Resource Service was started in 2004 to cater to the West Coast local communities.

 The West Coast Disability Resource Service are actively working with community groups and national organisations to ensure they have a comprehensive and relevant information hub for both Coasters and visitors to the region.  Our three Information Consultants cover the vast area from Karamea in the north to Haast in the south and everything in between!

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Map of the West Coast