This is New Zealand's longest region and there's a lot to see, so a rental vehicle comes in handy. Your clients can get to the area by road, by air or by rail.

By Road

This is a long region in, although never more than 50 kilometres wide at any part. Make sure your clients spend enough time in the West Coast to take in everything.

Approx drive time and distances to other areas:




Approx Drive Time

Greymouth to Franz Joseph



3 hours 10 mins

Greymouth to Christchurch (via Arthurs Pass)



3 hours 10 mins

Greymouth to Nelson



4 hours 35 mins

Westport to Greymouth



1 hour 45 mins

Westport to Picton



4 hours 40 mins

Franz Joseph to Wanaka



4 hours 30 mins

Haast to Wanaka



3 hours 30 mins


Your clients can get around the South Island by coach with InterCity Coachlines or a number of other suppliers.

Driving Routes
There are four routes to the West Coast – either via the Buller Gorge from Marlborough or Nelson, through the Lewis Pass or over Arthur’s Pass from Christchurch. If coming from Wanaka, over the Hasst Pass.

By Air

Your clients can get to the West Coast through one of the domestic airports located in Westport, and Hokitika.

Domestic airlines include:
Air New Zealand
Air West Coast

Approx flying time to other cities:


Approx Flying Time

Westport to Wellington

55 mins

Hokitika to Christchurch

35 mins

Scenic Flights
Explore the best the West Coast can offer by air, including scenic flights and helicopter tours.

Getting to and from the airport
Both Westport and Hokitika airports are located five to 10 minutes from the town centre respectively. Taxi services are available to the town centre (approx $10-$15), and shuttle and coach services are available between Hokitika airport and Greymouth.

By Rail

Greymouth offers the most rail options, as it hosts the main rail terminal in the West Coast.  This is where your clients can catch the TranzAlpine, one of the best train journeys in the world.

Getting Around the West Coast

Get around the town centres by foot, or to help get from town-to-town hire cars are available.  Hokitika also offer the option of hiring a classic car.

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