33 days in West Coast Region Itinerary

33 days in West Coast Region Itinerary

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33 days in West Coast Region Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
Reefton
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Westport
— 7 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Haast
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Fox Glacier
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Hokitika
— 8 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
End: Christchurch

4
nights
Reefton

Reefton ©
Reefton is a small town on New Zealand's West Coast region, some 80 km northeast of Greymouth, in the valley of the Inangahua River. Visiting Lake Daniell Track and Lewis Pass will get you outdoors. Explore Reefton's surroundings by going to St James Walkway (in Maruia) and Inland Pack Track (in Punakaiki). It doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Black's Point Museum and make a trip to The Bearded Miners.

Make your Reefton itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Christchurch to Reefton is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Reefton

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Maruia, Lake Daniell Track, Inland Pack Track
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Lake Daniell Track ©
Lake Daniell Track
Lewis Pass ©
Lewis Pass
Black's Point Museum ©
Black's Point Museum

7
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. Get outdoors at The Old Ghost Road and Cape Foulwind Walkway. Change things up with these side-trips from Westport: Hector Country Music Museum (in Granity), Punakaiki (Truman Track, Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk, & more) and Karamea (Oparara Basin Walking Tracks, Moria Gate Mirror Tarn Loop, & more). The adventure continues: grab your bike and head to Kawatiri River Trail, get engrossed in the history at Denniston Heritage Trust, stroll through Charming Creek Walkway, and get great views at Tauranga Bay Seal Colony.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Westport travel tool .

Traveling by car from Reefton to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Haast.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Karamea, Punakaiki, Mitchells Gully Gold Mine, Hector Country Music Museum
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The Old Ghost Road ©
The Old Ghost Road
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Truman Track ©
Truman Track

6
nights
Haast

Haast ©
Haast is an area in the Westland District territorial authority on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Take a break from the city and head to Bruce Bay and Monro Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Ship Creek Walks, explore the activities along Lake Ellery, take in the dramatic scenery at Fantail Falls, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Haast travel planner.

Getting from Westport to Haast by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. On the 20th (Sun), you'll travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Haast

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bruce Bay, Monro Beach, Fantail Falls
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Monro Beach ©
Monro Beach
Bruce Bay ©
Bruce Bay
Ship Creek Walks ©
Ship Creek Walks

7
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Get outdoors at Franz Josef Glacier and Helicopter Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Franz Josef (Lake Mapourika, Sentinel Rock Walk, & more) and Petr Hlavacek Gallery (in Whataroa). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fox Glacier, trek along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, make a trip to River Walk, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matheson Walk.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Fox Glacier trip maker tool .

Getting from Haast to Fox Glacier by car takes about 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hokitika.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Petr Hlavacek Gallery
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Mount Fox Route ©
Mount Fox Route
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier

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nights
Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Step out of the city life by going to Hokitika Gorge Walk and Tunnel Terrace Walk. Explore Hokitika's surroundings by going to Harihari (Harihari Coastal Walkway & Farwest Farm Tours), Greymouth (St Patrick's Parish, History House Museum, & more) and Lake Brunner (in Moana). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lake Kaniere, explore the activities along Lake Mahinapua, enjoy the sand and surf at Hokitika Beach, and look for gifts at William Steyn Stonepainter.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hokitika online journey planner .

Getting from Fox Glacier to Hokitika by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Greymouth, Harihari, Lake Brunner, Coal Creek Track, Ross Water Race Walkway
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Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk
Lake Kaniere ©
Lake Kaniere
Glow Worm Dell ©
Glow Worm Dell