Touring Routes

3 Day Trip

A mega glory-filled three day power trip for those with an obsession for nature, wilderness and untamed craziness.




3 Days


230 mi / 371 km


Any Time

Day One

2 hours 27 mins, 174 km

Reefton to Karamea

The drive from Reefton to Karamea runs the gamut from native bush, mountains, wild gorges through to sub-tropical rain forest. After leaving Reefton you'll find yourself in the wild Buller Gorge. In place the road drops to one lane to navigate incredible cliffs and river passes.

Stop for lunch in Westport and check out the many great shops and cafes. Once satiated head north into the wilds of Karamea. This drive takes you through many great small towns and past some sites of interest.

Tucked away in a corner of Kahurangi National Park, The Oparara has a magic all of its own, born of a million years of undisturbed isolation.

There are numerous, beautiful walks in the Westport, Karamea area.

Around Westport and Karamea

Day Two

2 hours 51 mins, 197 km

Karamea to Greymouth

Possibly one of the best drives on the planet this drives takes in some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable. As you drive down the coast you'll take in some of the most famous and well-known sites on the West Coast including:

  • The Great Coast Road, rated by Lonely Planet as one of the top ten drives in the world
  • The Pancake Rocks and Blowholes - the West Coast's most visited natural attraction
  • Fox River with fabulous walks and an awesome surf beach.

Basically there is something for everyone on this drive so take your time and enjoy what you see.

Around Grey District

Itinerary Map

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