The Central West Coast has a distinctive mosaic landscape of human and natural environments. With a long history of settlement and development, farming and extractive industries, the remaining natural ecosystems of the central West Coast encompass a small number of remnant lowland reserves and an extensive area of high country. Even today coal and gold mining are very active industries as are forestry and tourism.
Lowland landscapes around the central area provide a multitude of recreational opportunities. The lakes in particular provides beautiful sites for camping, picnicking, swimming, boating and walking. Introductory text about the region. Thick vegetation in these areas offer good habitat to many bird species, both common species such as tui, bellbirds and wood pigeon, and a few not so common such as weka and parakeets.
A number of historical areas provide interesting excursions such as the Creoesus, Nelson Creek, and Brunner Mine Site, all are rich in historic remains and offer glimpses of past lifestyles.
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