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State Highway 6: Nelson, through mountain passes to Westport

Murchison to Westport

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This part of the road trip is about fabulous, glorious South Island scenery.  For even jaded New Zealanders the road from Murchison to Westport is the most beautiful in the country.  Breathtaking mountains vie with plunging gorges and the roar of white water. Maori prospectors were the first to obtain gold from the Lyell region and by 1863 the gold rush had started. There are heritage sites to explore, perhaps some gold prospecting and bridges that sweep over numerous rivers and cataracts.



Murchison to Lyell to Lower Buller Gorge finishing in Westport.

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