New Zealand’s 2 newest major touring routes established
The West Coast now has ‘The Great Coast Road’ and ‘The Glacier Highway’ as fully signposted touring routes and these compliment the ‘The Great Alpine Highway’ which is already established.
The Great Coast Road runs from the Westport turnoff on SH 6 to Kumara Junction and has been recognised by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 coastal drives in the world and includes the famous pan cake rocks and blow holes at Punakaiki.
The Glacier Highway runs from Kumara Junction to the Haast River Bridge and goes through Hokitika famous for Jade/Pounamu and then to Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers before going through rain forest and farmland to the Haast World Heritage area.
The touring route signs have been financially supported by the Buller, Grey & Westland District Councils, the West Coast Regional Council, Development West Coast and Tourism West Coast.