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West Coast Itineraries

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The West Coast Heritage Tour

If you love to discover gems and tales of old, there's plenty of history and heritage to soak up on the West Coast.

CATEGORY

Self-drive

DURATION

6 days

DISTANCE

359 mi / 578 km

BEST TIME

Any time

Haast World Heritage Area

Queenstown to Nelson via the West Coast

Travel the length of the West Coast from Queenstown all the way through to Nelson. The West Coast is the longest region in the country, ...

CATEGORY

Self-drive

DURATION

4 Nights 5 days

DISTANCE

522 mi / 841 km

BEST TIME

Any

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Explore Hokitika

The Cool Little Town Tour

CATEGORY

Self-drive

DURATION

1 Day

DISTANCE

65 mi / 106 km

BEST TIME

Anytime

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Christchurch to Nelson 3 day 2 nights

Best to do this trip in the Winter for snow capped mountains. Plenty of photo opportunities on the TranzAlpine!

CATEGORY

Train/Self-drive

DURATION

3 days 2 nights

DISTANCE

347 mi / 560 km

BEST TIME

Winter

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Ocean - Alpine- Sea

Mountains, forests and beaches, wildlife, art and wine meet to create magic at the Top of the South Island.

CATEGORY

Self-drive

DURATION

5 days

DISTANCE

585 mi / 943 km

BEST TIME

Any

Tranz Alpine on the Kaikoura Coast

Top of the South

Discover some of New Zealand’s most awe-inspiring scenery, fascinating people, exceptional food and wine at the Top of the South Island.

CATEGORY

Self-drive

DURATION

9 days

DISTANCE

779 mi / 1254 km

BEST TIME

Any

Karamea beach

3 Day Trip

A mega glory-filled three day power trip for those with an obsession for nature, wilderness and untamed craziness.

CATEGORY

Self-drive

DURATION

3 Days

DISTANCE

230 mi / 371 km

BEST TIME

Any Time

Aerial view of Pancake Rocks & Blowholes

Nelson to Christchurch via Karamea

Heading south? Head west on this epic road trip journey from Nelson to Christchurch via the West Coast.

CATEGORY

Self-drive

DURATION

4 days,3 nights

DISTANCE

487 mi / 784 km

BEST TIME

Anytime

Haast UNESCO World Heritage Site

Queenstown to Christchurch

A breathtaking road trip from Queenstown to Christchurch via the West Coast, have your camera ready!

CATEGORY

Self-drive

DURATION

4 days,3 nights

DISTANCE

460 mi / 741 km

BEST TIME

Anytime

Trout fishing on Lake Brunner

Freshwater fishing on the West Coast

If you're after a chance to fish for wild trout, the lakes of the West Coast are perfect for you. Take a leisurely paced journey ...

CATEGORY

Self-drive

DURATION

5 days

DISTANCE

186 mi / 300 km

BEST TIME

October - April

Honeymoon on the West Coast

Honeymoon on the West Coast

The West Coast is the perfect getaway for couples to relax, unwind and explore.

CATEGORY

Self-drive

DURATION

6 days

DISTANCE

550 mi / 886 km

BEST TIME

Anytime

Lake Matheson sunset

The Ultimate West Coast trip

This touring route will take you through the entire West Coast of New Zealand, stopping by some of our famous iconic spots.

CATEGORY

Self-drive

DURATION

6 days

DISTANCE

474 mi / 764 km

BEST TIME

All year round

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West Coast Wilderness Trail

West Coast Wilderness Trail brings you a collection of incredible scenery, smooth trails with loads to see whilst cycling!

CATEGORY

Cycling

DURATION

4 days

DISTANCE

85 mi / 137 km

BEST TIME

All year round

Glacier Valley Eco Tours

West Coast Eco Tour

Enjoy the West Coast with a sustainable, eco-friendly approach.

CATEGORY

Self-drive

DURATION

6 days

DISTANCE

637 mi / 1026 km

BEST TIME

All year round