Sometimes a moody environment, travelling New Zealand South Island West Coast is a very special location unique experience. Nothing temperamental about the Tui birds though. Their joyful song reminds us that it’s time to shred off our cares for a few days.

Arthur's Pass Car Views

First on our visit list is the Wilderness Eco Lodge and today it’s shrouded in mist. Never underestimate the power of smell, it makes an overwhelming first impression. (We note everything –  from when the door opens – and the welcome begins.) My nose detects pine and lemon and get an eyeful of those magnificent views from the Guest Lounge:

Arthur's Pass Wilderness eco Lodge Lounge

Michael McSweeny, the manager of Wilderness Lodge, gives us a quick tour of the lodge rooms and gorgeous Honeymoon Suites located in a separate building. We decline his offer of coffee..must press on. Here’s Michael saying goodbye to another Michael.

Arthur's Pass Wilderness Lodge with Michael

After a night’s stay at a seaside chalet in Hokitika (chosen for the views, NOT the quality of the mattress) we packed up, passing the cleaning crew moving in with indecent haste before we managed to get a foot out the door! We’re off to Punakaiki, a stunning coastal location… while travelling New Zealand South island.

Punakaiki down by the sea

…and along the way, we’ll drop in to say hello to Jan Roberts of Breakers Boutique Lodge. This is the view from the separate garden annex at Breakers. We’ve stayed here and for an insomniac like me, there’s nothing quite like the sound of the sea to induce a blissful sleep.

Breakers Punakaiki view

Jan has to be one of the most knowledgeable hosts around and unswervingly hospitable “No thanks Jan, I’ve already eaten…really, a piece of your date loaf? Ok then, just one piece…alright, another one for Michael. That’ll keep us going to our next stop at the Pororari  River Track:

Pororari River Track signage

…such a beautiful walk and the scenery constantly changes. Walking underneath a canopy of native ferns, I can’t  begin to describe the pure oxygen I’m breathing.

Pororari River Track Pungas

Every now and then the track opens up to reveal beautiful river views… travelling New Zealand South island

Pororari River Track Views

The West Coast is considered fantastic mountain bike country with a choice of local tracks or some real back country adventure. Lonely Planet have just named it as one of the top 10 regions to visit in the World. No surprises there.

Here’s me having the last word. Go well dear traveller on travelling New Zealand South Island.

Pororari River Track and Pam


2 responses to “Travelling New Zealand South Island West Coast”

  1. Jan Roberts says:

    Looks like you guys had a great time on your brief visit to the West Coast. Look forward to your return visit – sometime soon and we can take you out for some local hidden delights – some home baking in our day packs…… 🙂

    • GuestNZ says:

      Yes Jan, we only really skimmed the surface but what a refresher for our spirits. We’re really looking forward to returning and exploring this area with you and Stephen. As for that home baking…just the icing on the cake really!

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