Coast Road

Coast Road

The question needs to be asked: is Coast Road in the West Coast the best drive in New Zealand? Certainly, for pure scenic value it is head to head with the Queenstown to Glenorchy road, Wanaka to Makarora and, maybe, the Desert Road. It is windy with often spectacular coastal views, bisected by Punakaiki. There are several viewpoints plus some places where you can access very remote beaches. A must-do in Te Tai Poutini, even in the rain!

Some good places to stop include the Fox River Caves Track entrance at Tiromoana (about a half day return) and at Woodpecker Bay for a great West Coast beach walk experience. There is a particularly memorable group of rocks, which you will see in advance of the viewpoint, so don’t miss the parking place!

From there you can continue on to Tauranga Bay, Cape Foulweather and Westport.

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