The West Coast is taking advantage of its abundant rainfall to expand its dairy industry, while its microclimates nurture an emerging niche horticultural industry. The region is also an internationally known eco-tourism destination, with extensive areas under conservation protection which support a range of accommodation and tourism operators.
- Rich in mineral resources
- Successful dairy industry
- Spectacular and diverse scenery
- Highly export oriented
Areas of opportunity
Capitalising on mineral resources
The West Coast has high quality coal (used in steelmaking) and rich gold deposits, both of which are exported. An opportunity exists to recover and commercialise rare earth minerals. Oil and gas exploration is carried out onshore.
Developing dairy and horticulture
The success of the region’s dairy industry, based on high grass growth, could be leveraged to establish complementary goat farming and milk processing businesses. Global market-linked investment is required to achieve this.
Wilderness and eco-tourism destination
The West Coast is a highly attractive touring and recreational destination for international travellers who pursue natural and wilderness experiences. Investment in eco-tourism and accommodation could further increase visitor numbers.
Who to contact
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
For more information on opportunities and guidance about investing in New Zealand, email our investment specialists.
Development West Coast (DWC)
DWC was set up as a trust in 2001 and their focus is to provide a range of assistance and support to the business sector including business mentoring, training opportunities, and programmes and business networking events.
For more information and help in the region, contact DWC.