State Highway 6, West Coast

from 3-5 days

This popular scenic drive is even better when done on two wheels! The long coastal highway is packed full of tourist attractions, including the two glaciers (Fox and Franz Josef), dark, reflective lakes, the pancake rocks at Punakaiki and of course the Southern Alps and wild Tasman coast on either side.

State Highway 6 runs all the way from Inangahua to Invercargill, but our first recommendation would be to ride the section between Hokitika and Wanaka. This still leaves a satisfying 420 km of riding. Either direction is fine, although southbound will increase the chances for a tailwind, and allow you the rewarding climb over Haast Pass. It is mostly fast and flat, with a small climb near Fox, and then the larger, steeper climb at Haast that should leave you puffing by the top!

Various companies can offer support vehicle and logistics for moving gear. We recommend the road cycling packages from Adventure South if you are looking for 

252 Beachside Motels & Holiday Park
Shining Star Beachfront Accommodation
There is an exclusive walkway to the beach. The accommodation is right by the sea offering guest the opportunity to relax and enjoy fantastic views of the ocean and impressive West Coast sunsets.
Rosewood B&B
Boutique Bed & Breakfast offering a great sleep after your day of touring plus a fantastic breakfast to set you up for the day. You may even get enough to cover your lunch. Safe storage for your bike and washing facilities to get your bike gear fresh again for the...
Jade Court Motor Lodge
Clean, Comfy & Cosy
Situated on the stunning West Coast of New Zealand, Hokitika provides you with the beautiful West Coast bush and habitat. Jade Court Motor Lodge is situated amongst lovely plantings, and is quite simply, a beautiful place to stay.
Fitzherbert Court Motel
Welcome to Hokitika motel accommodation at Fitzherbert Court Motel Hokitika, the ideal place to relax and unwind, and enjoy the Westland Wilderness Trail on the magnificent West Coast. We have lock up for you bikes and also accept FlyBuys.
Heritage Highway Motel
Our modern 4 star quality motel is well located and is the closest motel to the town centre and the shops, restaurants, bars and cafés. Avoid those parking hassles and stay with us and walk to town. (2 minutes)
Phone Number: 037558098 Freephone 0800465484
Kawhaka Lodge
Kawhaka Lodge is ideally located for cyclists on the Westland Wilderness Trail.
Phone Number: +64 3 755 8032
Mann Security
Phone Number: 037680255
Ramble & Ritual
Retail - Things we love to surround and drape ourselves in for example some yummy body products for men and woman, wooden watches and sunglasses and divine perfume candles…so much more alongside Ritual Coffee to go or take a seat and soak up the atmosphere and if coffee isn't your...
Phone Number: 0800 NZByBike

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