Touring Routes

Nelson to Christchurch via Karamea

Heading south? Head west on this epic road trip journey from Nelson to Christchurch via the West Coast.




4 days,3 nights


487 mi / 784 km



Day One

4 hours 16 mins, 311 km

Day 1: Nelson to Karamea

Drive to Karamea from Nelson.

Stop in Murchison to go for a ride on the Buller Canyon Jet.

Take a walk on the Buller Swing bridge

Explore the Oparara Arches just outside of Karamea.

Stay the night in Karamea.

Around Westport and Karamea

Day Two

1 hour 25 mins, 94.8 km

Day 2: Karamea to Westport

Day Three

1 hour 51 mins, 134 km

Day 3: Westport to Greymouth

Explore the West Coast as you drive south on The Great Coast Road, voted by Lonely Planet as one of the top ten drives in the world.

Wander the paths around the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes – the West Coast’s most visited natural attraction.

Explore Shantytown.

Stay the night in Greymouth or Lake Brunner (Moana).

Around Grey District

Day Four

3 hours 8 mins, 245 km

Day 4: Greymouth to Christchurch

Finish your road trip and hop on the Tranz Alpine train from Greymouth to head through Arthur's Pass, finishing off in Christchurch.

Around Grey District

Itinerary Map

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