The West Coast is at Alert Level 2. COVID-19 Business Support
A breathtaking road trip from Queenstown to Christchurch via the West Coast, have your camera ready!
Day 1: Queenstown to Haast
2 hours 57 mins, 206 km
Drive from Queenstown to Haast via State Highway 6. This is a great scenic drive and enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage Area. Haast is West Coast Whitebait country, we recommend staying here for the night!
From Haast to Jackson Bay there are empty shingle beaches, dunes, lakes and wetlands, all with the soaring backdrop of the Southern Alps.
Tramping, hunting and if you want speed, jet boating tours with Waiatoto River Safari or Haast River Safari on the local rivers are available. There is an abundance of wildlife and tours to view fur seals, Hectors Dolphins and Fiordland Crested Penguins.
Day 2: Haast to Fox Glacier
1 hour 32 mins, 121 km
Fox Glacier village has a relaxed, quaint village feel. Home to the Fox Glacier, it offers a range of adventure activities as well as access to some of the West Coast's most scenic spots.
Bruce Bay - or Mahitahi - is a small coastal settlement with stunning sea vistas and a wonderfully wild windswept beach, 40km south of Fox Glacier and 80 km from Haast.
Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre (Franz Josef)
The local Franz Josef Glacier i-Site is a great place to get inspired about everything on offer in Glacier Country.Learn more
Day 3: Fox Glacier to Kumara
2 hours 29 mins, 185 km
Ōkārito and Whataroa are a 'must-explore' for nature and wildlife lovers. Okarito is definitely worth a stop – NZ’s largest unmodified wetland –and a bird watchers paradise! Hire a kayak or grab a boat tour.
Down the road you will come to Ross, famous for being the spot where New Zealand’s largest ever gold nugget was unearthed - the “Roddy Nugget”, weighing a massive 3.1kg.
Hire a gold pan to try your hand at the Ross Goldfields Information Centre. Then take a drive to West Coast Treetop Walk & Cafe. An exhilarating tree top adventure among temperate rainforest giants waits for you.
Day 4: Kumara to Christchurch
3 hours 0 mins, 219 km
Continue through to Canterbury and drive through Arthur’s Pass.
Arthur’s Pass National Park is in the heart of the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana. It's high mountains with large scree slopes, steep gorges and wide braided rivers straddle the main divide, and are the ‘back bone’ of the South Island. A spectacular journey!