Adventure tourism and mining
Industries include mining for coal and alluvial gold. Forestry/timber are also strong, and so is fishing, and somewhat farming (dairying particularly will see several West Coast jobs opportunities with two major cooperatives in the region).
Tourism and eco-tourism are important contributors to the region’s economy with thousands of overseas visitors hiking, biking, kayaking, or climbing around the region. The main focus is on the southern glaciers, fjords, and forests, as well as Punakaiki’s “pancake rocks” further north.