April 15, 2014

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New Zealand Cycle Touring Route - Haast to Westport

The first thing that needs to be said is that the west coast of the South Island has a high rainfall with an average of 3,639 mm precipitation a year spread over most months of the year so there is a fair chance of rain at at some stage during the ride.

It is 121 kilometers from Haast to Fox Glacier and then 23.6 kilometers from Fox Glacier to Franz Joseph Glacier and then 134 kilometers to Hokitika. There is then 38.9 kilometers between Hokitika and Greymouth and a further 101 kilometers from Greymouth to Westport making a ride total of 417 kilometers.
 The ride between Greymouth to Westport through Punakaiki is one of the highlights.

The west coast is a great road to ride on with a low traffic density apart from the tourist buses and has spectacular scenery.

Bridge near Haast

Punakaiki Coastline

Punakaki Coastline
Up the coast on a narrow but not busy road


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