The West Coast is an entire region of New Zealand, but even so it only has a population of about 8000. It’s very long and thin, hard to get to, and it rains a lot of the time. And while a ‘rural retreat’ may seem idyllic, most of this region is beyond ‘retreat’ and is just ‘remote’. But the scenery is just stunning, whatever the weather.
Here’s a link to the Wikipedia Page on West Coast Region.