The West Coast of New Zealand offers an enchanting and untamed wilderness that invites motorhome travellers seeking a unique and off-the-beaten-path holiday experience in the Land of the Long White Cloud. Nestled between the rugged Southern Alps and the wild Tasman Sea, this remote region boasts some of the country’s most breathtaking landscapes.
As you journey through the West Coast in your motorhome, you’ll encounter pristine rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and rugged coastline that stretches as far as the eye can see. With ample camping spots available, it’s easy to plan your West Coast adventure.
Explore the captivating Fox and Franz Josef glaciers, meander through lush native forests in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park, and soak in the tranquillity of serene glacial lakes. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, nature lover, or simply in search of serenity, the West Coast promises an unforgettable New Zealand motorhome holiday filled with natural wonders and authentic Kiwi hospitality. This route is fun in either direction and below we have highlighted the North to South route.
Hokitika, a captivating coastal town on New Zealand’s South Island, that beckons travellers seeking a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Renowned for its rich heritage in gold mining, Hokitika’s past comes alive through its charming streets and historic buildings. Be sure to check out Hokitika Museum for a fascinating glimpse into the region’s pioneering days.
This picturesque town also boasts a thriving arts scene, with numerous craft galleries and workshops where you can witness local artisans at work, creating exquisite pieces of art inspired by the surrounding landscapes. Whether you’re strolling along its rugged beaches, exploring its vibrant craft scene, or gazing at the majestic Southern Alps in the background, Hokitika offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere, making it an ideal starting point for your motorhome adventure through the untamed beauty of the West Coast. If you’re looking for a short day walk check out Hokitika Gorge Walk which takes you out into native NZ jungle to enjoy views of the stunning Hokitika Gorge and its brilliant blue waters.
Hokitika – Where to Stay:
Franz Josef Glacier
Franz Josef township, complements the Glacier with its own unique charm. The town shares a proximity to the stunning glaciers and lush rainforests, making Franz Josef an excellent choice for travellers looking to explore these natural wonders. Jump on a guided hike with Franz Josef Glacier Guides or land on top of a glacier in a helicopter with the Helicopter Line or walk along the valley floor and see Franz Josef from the ground. There are so many options to take in this natural wonder.
Franz Josef – where to eat:
Franz Josef – Where to stay:
Amidst stunning natural beauty, Fox Glacier township is a charming gateway for glacier exploration. Surrounded by lush rainforests this cozy township offers inviting cafes, local dining, and comfortable accommodations. Whether you’re taking a heli-hike with Fox Glacier Guides or walking to the Fox Glacier Lookout, with serene landscapes, Fox Glacier township is a must-do on your campervan adventure. Be sure to check out the perfect reflections at Lake Matheson on a calm day.
Jacksons Bay, historically known as Okahu, holds a rich Māori and European heritage. It served as a significant trading post for early European settlers in the 19th century, with ships arriving to collect timber and other resources. Today, the bay’s history is preserved through its serene coastal charm and traces of its past, making it a unique destination for travellers seeking both natural beauty and historical insights. Visit The Cray Pot for a delicious lunch for continuing the long drive South.
Why not make the most of the scenic surroundings by adding on E-bike rental? It’s only $35.00 per bike per day and makes the hilly rides a dream.
Reach out today and to start planning your West Coast motorhome adventure.