New Zealand West Coast Backroads Adventure

01/01/2022 through 04/27/2023
01/01/2022 through 05/06/2023
Intrepid Travel

New Zealand West Coast Adventure

Explore the narrow strip of South Island land sandwiched between the mountains and the Tasman Sea that’s home to some of the country’s most beautiful places. Millions of years of natural history are right in front of you in wild limestone rock formations, powerful glaciers, rushing rivers and surf pounded coast, while the much more recent stories of the gold and coal rush can be found in the heritage settlements and in the resolute spirit of the coasters. Take in highlights from Christchurch to Queenstown, Pancake Rocks to craft gin, kayaking to spa soaking. This is a coastal road trip to rival any other.


  • Reefton – Town Tour with Billy Tea, Scones & Honey
  • Reefton – Miners Hut visit
  • Reefton – Gold Panning Experience
  • Tauranga Bay – Fur Seal Colony
  • Westport – Cape Foulwind Walkway & Lighthouse
  • Westport – Seal Colony at Tauranga Bay
  • Denniston – Heritage Village Walk
  • Punakaiki – Pancake Rocks & Blowholes Walk
  • Kumara – Glow Worm Cave Visit
  • Charleston – Nile River Gorge Rainforest Train Ride
  • Franz Josef Glacier – Hot Pools
  • Hokitika – Gorge Visit
  • Okarito – Okarito Lagoon Walk
  • Fox Glacier – Lake Matheson Walk
  • Arrowtown – Leader-led Walking Tour


  • Get out and see a different side to the South Island, making the most of the wide-open spaces of the rugged and largely unexplored West Coast.
  • Go deeper into the history of the area with stories of the goldrush days during visits to Kumara, Denniston and Arrowtown.
  • Take in the magic of the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier regions during dips in hot pools weaving through rainforests and a walk around the shimmering Lake Matheson.
  • Witness the stunning, millions of years old scenery at the dramatic Pancake Rocks and the Hokitika Gorge, and spot fur seals at Cape Foulwind.


Day 1 Christchurch / Reefton / Westport
Day 2 Denniston / Westport
Day 3 Punakaiki / Kumara
Day 4 Hokitika / Fox Glacier
Day 5 Fox Glacier
Day 6 Wanaka
Day 7 Arrowtown / Queenstown

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