The ultimate West Coast trip

Tourism West Coast

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

626 mi / 1009 km

BEST TIME

ALL YEAR ROUND




Day Three: 2 hours 23 mins, 175 km

Day 3: Karamea to Reefton

About the day

Take the inland route this time and turn off at Westport to head towards Reefton through the Buller Gorge (SH6, then SH69).

Enjoy the town of light and buy some West Coast Gin from Reefton Distilling Co.

Get to know the local Bearded Miners and learn the gold mining history of  Reefton.

Highlights




Day Six: 1 hour 51 mins, 144 km

Day 6: Franz Josef to Haast

About the day

Head to Fox glacier for a skydiving experience with Skydive Fox.

Venture south towards Haast, stop in at the Salmon Farm near Lake Paringa for a bit and to feed the salmon.

Jet in to the UNESCO World Heritage area across its waters with Waiatoto River Safari.

Fly above Mt Aspiring National Park with Haast Heliservices to the Hanging Lakes.

Stay the night, continue in the morning through to Wanaka.

Highlights


Itinerary Map


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We love the West Coast! Our passion is promoting our awesome region both here in New Zealand and around the world.