Travel west across the expansive Canterbury Plains, which stretch from north to south as far as the eye can see.
As the road winds slowly up into the foothills of the Southern Alps, the scenery changes constantly from mountain pass to rivers, lakes, and unique geological features.
Don’t miss the ancient monolithic limestone rock formations at Castle Hill, just a short walk from the road. These giant boulders are a favourite with rock climbers and photographers.
The little village of Arthur’s Pass is your halfway point to the West Coast. Nestled in alpine grandeur it is the departure point for a whole range of hiking trails through the Southern Alps.