Nelson to Franz Josef (6 hours)
Take state highway 6 south from Nelson passing the Motueka valley, Hope Saddle observation point and on to the Kawatiri junction.
Continue along SH6 to Murchison and 11km south of the township turn right over O'Sullivan's bridge for Westport and the West Coast. 4km further on stop at the Buller Gorge Swingbridge Adventure and Heritage Park, whether for a 15 minute stroll or for a few hours of adventure. Continuing on down the Gorge to Inangahua junction travellers have the option of turning left for Reefton and Greymouth via SH69 & 7 or turning right (remaining on SH6) for the lower Buller Gorge, Westport and Cape Foulwind seal colony, and Greymouth via Punakaiki (Pancake Rocks blowholes) in the Paparoa National Park. From Greymouth take SH6 south for Hokitika, Franz Josef, Fox Glacier and Haast pass.
Turn left at Kumara junction for Arthur's Pass and Christchurch (SH73)
For Karamea and the Heaphy Track take SH67 north from Westport.
From Richmond take SH6 to Belgrove and turn left on the Wai-iti valley/Tophouse Rd to St Arnaud and the Nelson Lakes National Park. At Tophouse turn right onto SH63 for St Arnaud and Lake Rotoiti. From St Arnaud township follow SH63 to Kawatiri junction and turn left onto SH6 for Murchison. Follow the directions from Murchison to Greymouth above.
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