A warning: if you don’t include the west coast in your trip to New Zealand, you’ve truly let an opportunity slip. Lonely Planet summed it up nicely as one of the “Top 10 coastal drives in the world”.

It’s that simple; the west coast is what photo albums are made of. Take the TranzAlpine railway from Christchurch to Greymouth, a stunning scenic trip in itself. Then, just when you think you’ve ‘done’ the west coast, get behind the wheel of your rental car and charge the camera. You won’t know where to look as you take in no less than five of New Zealand’s fourteen national parks – Kahurangi, Paparoa, Arthur’s Pass, Westland and Mount Aspiring. Even if you stop down and explore pristine wetlands, beaches, grasslands lakes mountains and forests, you’re still not done, because halfway down the coast is glacier country.

‘Unforgettable’ doesn’t do the blue ice caves or stepping onto a glacier justice. Fox and Franz Josef await your arrival.

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