Touring Routes

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

626 mi / 1009 km

BEST TIME

All year round


Day One

3 hours 54 mins, 288 km

Day 1: TranzAlpine to Punakaiki



Day Three

2 hours 28 mins, 175 km

Day 3: Karamea to Reefton

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

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

Around Reefton




Day Six

1 hour 32 mins, 121 km

Day 6: Fox Glacier to Haast

Experience the thrill of skydiving with Skydive Fox.

Take an adventure and do a Heli-Hike on Fox Glacier.

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.

Around Haast


Itinerary Map


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