Enjoy the West Coast with a sustainable, eco-friendly approach.
Day 1: Christchurch to Maruia
2 hours 56 mins, 227 km
Drive through to Maruia via State Highway 7.
Once you arrive at Maruia Hot Springs, relax and unwind in one of their three natural mineral hot pools. Go for a short walk or hike in the area, enjoy the tranquility or opt in for one of their Wellness Retreats.
Day 2: Maruia to Karamea
3 hours 51 mins, 260 km
Day 3: Karamea to Oparara Arches to Punakaiki
2 hours 18 mins, 152 km
Day 4: Punakaiki to Ross
1 hour 28 mins, 110 km
Head south on State Highway 6 towards Hokitika. Carve your own jade necklace at Bonz N Stonz
If you choose to do a tour with Hokitika Scenic Tours, you can plant a native tree. Choose from Kahikatea, Manuka, Totara, NZ Flax (Harakeke), Wineberry. Add the Gift of Giving back tour option to your tours and help us in looking after our native forest and wildlife.
Day 5: Hokitika to Fox Glacier
2 hours 10 mins, 157 km
Make your way south to Fox Glacier on State Highway 6. If it's the season for it, stop in at Whataroa for a White Heron Sanctuary Tour
This is is the only nesting site for White Heron (Kotuku) in New Zealand.
Stop in at West Coast Wildlife Centre to find out more about their Kiwi Breeding Programme.
You could even jump out of a plane with Skydive Franz or Fox, where nobody jumps higher!
Day 6: Fox Glacier to Haast
1 hour 32 mins, 121 km
From Mahitahi you can choose to spend another night on the West Coast at Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki
In Spring and Summer they are home to the Tawaki Penguin and offer guided penguin tours. There are also plenty of walks in the area as well as kayak options.
If you must make hast, make sure you stop along Haast Pass for their lovely short walks, waterfalls and blue pools on your way to Wanaka.