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A major 960km loop starting from Nelson, that’ll show off some of the best sights, the variety of coastlines and wonderful ways of water that this lovely region has to offer.

Start off at the tranquil waters and woodland walks of Lake Rotoriti. Later the road winds alongside the majestic Buller Gorge, and then once over the on West Coast you have dramatic seascapes, particularly with the blow holes at Punakaiki, plus heading back inland, the historical interests of places like Reefton. 

Trekking on, you can relax in the Hot Springs at Maruia and once over the Lewis Pass, dip in again if you wish at Hanmer Springs, just to make sure how good they are! There you’ll also find easy forest mountain biking or walking tracks, crazy golf courses, boutique boutiques and a fun traditional lolly shop! Weaving up to Kaikoura you can venture out whale watching but you’ll also get a hugely stirring drive up the east coastline. The hot and steamy theme can be continued by journeying on the Marlborough Flyer at Blenheim and Picton, with a gorgeous winding drive back overlooking some of the idyllic Marlborough Sounds.

Add to those all the activities, dining and shopping available in Nelson itself and you have all the ingredients for a superb road trip.

The Top of the South Coast to Coast Loop

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….)

Lake Rotoriti
Lake Rotoriti

You've got to do a bit of steep walking to catch this view of Lake Rotoriti

Buller River Gorge-ous...

Westport is a good stop for twitchers...

The dramatic Punakaiki Rocks

The Bearded Miners of Reefton, spinners of good yarns...

Bet your hot tub doesn't have the backdrop views Maruia Springs does...

Blenheim Theatre Auditorium

Marlborough Flyer Steam Train Trips

Take one of our classics to another classic...the Marlborough Flyer...

Nelson Marina

Nelson Marina

Christchurch To Hanmer State Highway 6 Road In Winter

Winter outlook coming into Hanmer on SH6

Soak away the day at Hanmer Springs

Take a stroll on Rocks Rd Nelson

An evening stroll on the waterfront, Rocks Rd, Nelson

Dining Alfresco Nelson Style - credit Barry Peck

Lake RotoritiMarlborough Flyer Steam Train TripsNelson MarinaChristchurch To Hanmer State Highway 6 Road In Winter

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