A fantastic way to see the South Island. A lovely car in fantastic condition which drove wonderfully and had so many appreciative looks and comments we felt almost embarrassed!
We’re getting adventurous on this 700km double loop out of Nelson, encompassing a wide variety of terrain and interesting sights. Now no way should you try and do this in a day, but take at least 2 or 3 or more to get the best out of it.
The road winds alongside many rivers, but particularly following the majestic Buller Gorge is one you’ll remember, especially where it narrows to squeeze round the rock face! Once over the on West Coast you have dramatic seascapes, particularly with the blow holes at Punakaiki, plus the historical interests of places like Reefton.
Trekking back towards but not over the Lewis Pass, you can relax in the Hot Springs at Maruia and later enjoy the tranquil waters and woodland walks of Lake Rotoriti. Add to those all the activities, dining and shopping available in Nelson itself and you have the ingredients for a superb road trip.
Northern West Coast Loops
Delights that await you...
Click through the gallery below to see just some of the delights that await you en route, many of which were taken on my own adventures, (you can probably spot those ones….)
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It cornered like a dream and has converted us to convertibles! A real head turner for the weekend away.
A truly unique and wonderful experience. A far more exciting and enjoyable option than renting a car from a major operator and added lots to the trip and created some very special memories. Customer service was excellent and the car in immaculate condition.
Absolute dream to drive. This car all makes sense on the fine twisties and hairpins, couldn’t be more fun.
It’s a fabulous little car and I wholeheartedly recommend it.
NZ roads must surely be the best kept secret in the motoring world.
Fantastic car with heaps of character, turns heads and gets appreciative nods regularly! Recommend Belgrove > St Arnaud > SH6 to Nelson loop on a sunny day!
We had a great trip. A great way to see Nelson and surrounds. A great little car for cruising around. Beautifully maintained, economical. A bit of fun and nostalgia.