Head south down the coast from Punakaiki for a stop at Greymouth, considered the heart of the West Coast.
Pop into Monteiths, part of New Zealand’s brewing history, for a brewery tour and tasting. Step back in time with a visit to Shanty Town, a replica 1900s pioneer town with gold panning, heritage train rides and more.
From Greymouth it’s an hour to Reefton, another town with a gold-mining past and now home to the award-winning Reefton Distilling Co. Tour the distillery and discover how they use locally foraged ingredients from the West Coast rainforests.
From here it’s just 45 minutes to Maruia Hot Springs in Lewis Pass. Book a night here and enjoy the on-site thermal pools and maybe even spoil yourself with a spa treatment.