The West Coast is a truly extraordinary place. What makes this area a spectacular place to visit is its scant population and its offering of stunning scenery from breathtaking glaciers, primitive forests and sparkling beaches all the while mostly isolated from the rest of the South Island.
If you have a passion for nature then this three-day tour is for you:
The first day of your trip begins in Reefton. Upon leaving you will drive into the Buller Gorge where the road is decreased to one lane. Here you will cross through majestic cliffs and river canyons as you proceed toward Westport. Once in the small coastal town of Westport, you will be amazed at the wealth of restaurants, cafes and businesses that are there for your enjoyment. From there move on to the town of Karamea. While there take in Kahurangi National Park where you can enjoy the abundance of outdoor activity including fishing, biking trails, and kayaking to name a few.
The second day leads you southward toward Greymouth. Along the way make sure to take in the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. The natural attraction is the most popular on the West Coast featuring ancient limestone formations that acquired their name from their unusual “pancake” shapes. Also, Witness several vertical blowholes out of which erupts the sea. While in the area visit the Fox River Caves, with formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Then it’s onward to Greymouth, the largest jewel on the Coast. With its wealth of nature tours and attractions you will want to stay awhile. Another four-day excursion will have you exploring New Zealand’s glaciers. Starting in Fox Glacier, New Zealand’s longest glacier, experience a guided tour or for the more adventurous, skydive 16,000 feet above them. Move on to the Franz Josef Glacier where you can observe the front of the glacier by hiking the Glacier Valley Walks.Your second day takes you onward to Hokitika where you can experience the reflective lake Mapourika. Delight in the nearby small towns of Whataroa, Pukura, and Ross. Each unique and offering natural adventure or rich with gold mining heritage.
On day three you can visit Greymouth and from there move on to Otira Gorge. The bridge overlooking the gorge is grand with beautiful views or you can walk the Otira Valley Track which crosses an ancient glacier rim.
Day four takes you on to Christchurch. Blink and you’ll be through Arthur’s Pass Village which has a gas station, cafe and police station. Take a rest stop at Cave Stream and sit among the limestone. Castle Hill Scenic Reserve is a great place for rock climbing fans. End your day at Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island.
Begin your journey to through Arthur’s Pass to the West Coast, and experience some beautiful sites along the way. We also recommend some campsites in the area, for your stay:
We also have a short clip from our “On the Road Recipes” series. Surrounded by breathtaking glaciers and lush forests, Greymouth is world famous for whitebait fritters. So, let head chef, Jason from Monteiths Brewery show you how to create this local dish and soak in the wonders of the wild West Coast!
Now that you have all the tips and things you need to know about your West Coast experience, book your own Mighway campervan rental directly from a savvy owner at Mighway!