Touring routes

Ocean - Alpine - Sea

Mountains, forests and beaches, wildlife, art and wine meet to create magic!

Category
Self-drive
Duration
5 days
Distance
587 mi/945 km
Best time
Any

Hanmer Springs to Westport

2 hours 49 mins, 216 km

Start the day with a delicious breakfast and a gentle stroll through the forest or to the top of Conical Hill before departing for Westport.

Get a final natural thermal water fix at Maruia Hot Springs or stop in at Reefton, a living historic town, with great cafes, mountain bike tracks and an interesting museum.

Drive through the scenic Buller Gorge before arriving into Westport where you can meet the local Coasters with Out West Tours or have an adventure and be in awe of the galaxy of glow worms with UnderWorld Adventures.

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Westport to Karamea

1 hour 28 mins, 95.7 km

Take a tour with The Oparara Experience through the Kahurangi National Park, looking at the extinct moa birds’ home, cave systems and limestone archways - this is a West Coast MUST DO.

Take in the view from the Denniston Plateau and learn about the untamed environment the pioneers of the area endured while mining for coal, for more information visit the CoalTown Museum in Westport.

Finish the day by watching the sun setting with the seals at Cape Foulwind.

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Westport to Punakaiki

4 hours 23 mins, 323 km

Highlights: Pancake Rocks and Blow Holes / Lake Brunner / Shantytown Heritage Park / Arthur’s Pass National Park.

Head South along The Great Coast Road, one of the Top 10 Coastal Drives in the world.

On your journey visit Punakaiki, famous for Pancake Rocks and Blow Holes or take time to explore Greymouth’s historic village of Shantytown.

Head inland for a stop at Lake Brunner, Moana and grab a bite to eat.

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