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Fox Glacier to Abel Tasman

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Fox Glacier to Abel Tasman

We will be going from Fox Glacier to Abel Tasman in early March. Right now we are assuming we will stop in Punakaiki for the night, but now I am wondering if there is someplace a bit farther along on the journey, to give us a bit of time to do a couple of short walks at Buller Gorge on the way to AT the next day?

I should mention that we will probably be doing the early morning glacier hike before moving on.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Fox Glacier to Abel Tasman

I would stick with Punakiki as your stop over. While the scenery through the Buller Gorge is great, there are not a lot of options for staying. Apart from the Pancake Rocks at Punakiki there is a walk alongside the river that is very nice. You should also try and be at Punakiki at high tide if at all possible. A howling westerly helps but that is a bit harder to arrange! I have in the past stopped in Murcheson, but probably will not do that again.

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2. Re: Fox Glacier to Abel Tasman

HI

I'd agree. Stay in Punakaiki. From Fox it's a drive of nearly 4 hours, and I know the road !

Going a little North, the next good place to stay will be Charlston, it's Westport after that. Westport is the 2nd largest Town on the West Coast.

The drive from Greymouth to Punakaiki is pretty stunning. You skirt the Tasman Sea pretty much all the way to Punakaiki.

The YHA in Punakaiki ( Te Nikau - you don't have to be a YHA member )is a great place to stop. It backs onto the Trueman Track and you can walk to an excellent Pebble Beach.

Ian

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3. Re: Fox Glacier to Abel Tasman

Wise advice from both of you. We will stick with our original plan. We do love coastal roads, so we would hate to rush it.

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