Discover, the ‘wild’ west coast of the South Island, we head north through countryside dotted with little lakes and boulder strewn rivers, all under the watchful eye of the mighty Southern Alps in the distance. Coffee time in Hokitika, once a real centre of commerce and the setting for the colonial
epic ’The Luminaries’. Hokitika people are crafty folk and of course, it’s the Pounamu (greenstone) capital of the country and you’ll have the chance to visit the carvers as well as glass blowing, wood and copper artisans.
Our journey continues north to Paparoa National Park and Punakaiki, where our surroundings change dramatically, the alps have retreated and are replaced by towering limestone cliffs, draped with tropical looking forest, including New Zealand’s only native palm tree, the Nikau Palm. Punakaiki is home to the Pancake Rocks, sculpted limestone sea stacks and towering cliffs. Your ‘Kiwi Guide’ will let you know the perfect time to visit to see the blowholes at full force. Our home tonight is a stunning spot right on the beach, perfect a drink on the beach to celebrate our last sunset together!
Punakaiki, 1 night