After our visit to the Abel-Tasman National Park, we headed south. First, we drove to Westport on Highway 6. From there we drove the seal colony near Cape Floulwind, the Pancake Rocks and some other highlights. These were our highlights:
Seal colony at Cape Foulwind
After the trip from Abel-Tasman National Park to Westport, you should definitely fill up in Westport. After Westport, there is no petrol station for about 150 km. After the short stop, we went directly to the seal colony at Cape Foulwind. The seal colony is located only a few kilometers south of Westport. This colony is full of sea lions and you can see them directly from the coast.
The Pancake Rocks
Not a secret, but worth it: The Pancake Rocks.
Here you must expect a lot of tourists, but that doesn’t make the pancake rocks any less impressive. Next to the rocks that look like stacked pancakes there are also some spectacular blowholes.
The beautiful west coast of the South Island
The drive along the coast on Highway 6 itself is already a huge highlight! Here you can see two nice pictures:
The Nelson Creek Campground
The Nelson Creek Campground is absolutely an insider tip! It is a little secluded, east of Greymouth. But if you want to camp outside of the mainstream tourist areas, this is the right place! You can camp right on the river and it’s really quiet. In the hotel next door you can shower for a few dollars if you want.
The Franz Josef Glacier
The Franz Joseph Glacier is of course one of the highlights of a trip to New Zealand! Unfortunately, the glacier has receided very much over the past few years. If you really want to get close to the glacier, you should definitely book a helicopter flight or a glacier walk. There are numerous different offers. Compare on the internet, to find out what you want and book a few days in advance.
The Gillespies Beach is located west of Fox Glacier. On the beach is a lot of driftwood. It looks really surreal! There is also a small hiking trail leading to an abandoned gold mine. Right on the beach you can camp. With us it was extremely crowded. So you should’nt arrive too late. The sunset on the beach can be marvelous!
The Fox Glacier
Unfortunately, we could not drive to the Fox Glacier, because the access road was blocked because of a heavy rockfall. We could only see the mountains from a distance and the glacier from the Glacier View Road. However, it was very far away and only very small to see. In the photo you can hardly see the glacier.
From Fox Glacier, the trip continues south to Haast. You should refill there before you start the spectacular ride over the Haast pass!
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