Luxury bed and breakfast retreat in Westport
Motels in Westport probably won’t match the charm of an historic bed and breakfast. Luckily Archer House, the West Coast hotel alternative, is situated right in the middle of Westport. Westport is 2½ hours drive from Nelson, 4 hours from Christchurch (via Lewis Pass), 1 hour from Greymouth and Karamea, 1½ hours from Hokitika and ¾ hour from Punakaiki.
Archer House is situated in half an acre of beautiful garden on the corner of Queen and Wakefield Streets, in the centre of Westport, as close to the action as other Westport motelsbut secluded enough to provide the privacy you deserve.
The house is a 5min drive from the airport and central to many great local attraction. It is a short stroll to the town’s amenities, supermarkets, shopping, cafés and restaurants (ask your hosts to recommend and reserve a restaurant).
Easy to Find
Once over the Buller River Bridge, drive toward the centre of town on Palmerston Street (pass a few Westport motels) and turn right at Brougham Street. Then take another right at Queen Street where you will find Archer House on the corner of Queen and Wakefield Street. Parking is available at the rear of the house on Wakefield Street.
Walk across historic Victoia Square to the Passive Gardens. Walk the Kawatiri river trail along Westport's waterfront to the North Beach or visit the Westport Domain. Visit Coaltown and learn how Gold, Coal, Cement, and timber has built New Zealand. Must see and do.
Kawatiri River walks, Coaltown Museum, Cinema, Restaurants, Cafes, Recreational Arena includes swimming pool complex, Beaches, Cycling tracks, Fishing, Whitebaiting and 18 Hole Golf Course.
Take a day trip to Karamea. Discover its outstanding natural landscape. Must do and see.
Kahurangi National Park. Heaphy Track. Museum, Oparara Basin – limestone caves and archers. Nature walks – varying grades. Mountain biking. Fishing. Kayaking. Whitebaiting.
Discover Denniston & The Buller Bay
Drive the beautiful stretch of coastline between Westport & Mokihinui River where you can find the start of the Old Ghost Road – walking & biking track. In the Hills are the past and present coal mining areas of Stockton, Millerton, and Denniston, or sit back and take a four-wheel drive tour with OutWest. Must do and see.
Charming Creek Walkway – walking & biking. Old Ghost Road – walking and biking. Whitebaiting. Fishing. Swimming. Arts & Crafts (Torea Gallery Granity). Museums. Denniston Heritage Walk.
Discover Carters Beach, Cape Foulwind & Tauranga Bay
Discover the rugged coastline south of Westport. With stunning sandstone and granite headlands first sighted by Able Tasman in 1642. Tauranga Bay is world renowned for its seal colony and surfing beaches. Just minutes from Westport is Carters Beach with its 5 kilometers of untouched sandy beach. Must do and see.
Golf – 18 hole links – style course, Cape Foulwind to Tauranga Bay Walkway, Historic Cape Foulwind Light House, Penguins, Tauranga Bay – Seal Colony, Surfing, Swimming, Children's Playground, Whitebaiting, Fishing.
Discover the old gold mining town of Charleston. Half an hours drive south of Westport, which once had a population in the thousands, boasting over 100 hotels with one of these belonging to Robert Taylor the first owner of historic Archer House. Must do and see.
Glow-worm cave tours, Under World Rafting, Adventure Caving, Nile River Rainforest Train. All with UnderWorld Adventures & Café. Johnny’s Journey, visit the Awakari Vally with OutWest Tours www.outwest.co.nz. Historic Gold Mine Tours, Historic Cemetery and walks, Fishing, Swimming, Whitebaiting.
Punakaiki located on the Great Coast Road voted one of the worlds greatest coastal journeys. Punakaiki is world famous for its Blowholes and Pancake Rocks. Must do and see. Pancake rocks and blowholes, Horse trekking, Kayaking, Walking tracks, Pebble beaches, Safe river swimming, Fishing, Whitebaiting.
The historic town of Reefton located in the Inangahua Valley, cradled by forested hills at the terminus of roads leading from Lewis Pass, Westport, and Greymouth.
The town has many historic buildings left still intact from its gold mining days. Reefton was the first town in the Southern Hemisphere to reticulate its electricity. Must do and see. Heritage tours and buildings, Museums, Historic buildings, Mountain biking, Walking tracks, Trout fishing, Hunting, Bearded Miners Hut, Swimming.
Restaurants - Westport restaurants start with the Denniston Dog Resturant and Café, open for breakfast, lunch and Dinner 7 Days a week, 2 minutes walk from Archer House.
The Quarry restaurant Melbourn Hotel open seven days, Westport Motor Hotel open seven days, Cosmopolitan Hotel open seven days, Johnny's Bar and restaurant open six days closed Mondays, Portside Resturant and Bar open six days closed Mondays. Donaldos Café Carters beach open seven days, Buller Café Chinese open 6 days closed Mondays.
Dolphin swimming, seals and birdlife: