Touring Routes

The Ultimate West Coast trip

This touring route will take you through the entire West Coast of New Zealand, stopping by some of our famous iconic spots.




6 days


474 mi / 764 km


All year round

Day One

39 mins, 46.3 km

Day 1: TranzAlpine to Greymouth, then drive to Punakaiki

Take the world famous TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth. Book your hire car, spend some time enjoying the shops, scenery, coffee and food of Māwhera - the Greymouth District.

Make your way to Lake Brunner that is famous for brown trout that die of old age, great food and accommodation. Fancy a walk or lake exploration there's plenty of that, click here for more information. You could stay up to two days here, book your accommodation in advance

Explore the 30 million year old Pancake Rocks & Blowholes. Walk the Truman Track. Grab a bite at Punakaiki Tavern before calling it a night.

Around Grey District

Day Three

2 hours 26 mins, 174 km

Day 3: Karamea to Reefton

Take the inland route this time and turn off at Westport to head towards Reefton through the Buller Gorge (SH6, then SH69).

Get to know the local Bearded Miners and learn the gold mining history of Reefton.

Around Reefton

Day Six

1 hour 28 mins, 119 km

Day 6: Fox Glacier to Haast

Experience the thrill of skydiving with Skydive Fox.

Take an adventure and do a Heli-Hike on Fox Glacier.

Venture south towards Haast, stop in at the Salmon Farm near Lake Paringa for a bit and to feed the salmon.

Jet in to the UNESCO World Heritage area across its waters with Waiatoto River Safari.

Fly above Mt Aspiring National Park with Haast Heliservices to the Hanging Lakes.

Stay the night, continue in the morning through to Wanaka.

Around Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier

Itinerary Map

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