Coastal trips: One for the roads
3 Great Coast Road, New Zealand
Surrounded by ocean, it’s hard to choose just one of our countless seaside routes to take a roadie on. However, we know when it comes to exploring the South Island, nothing beats the wild, weathered Great Coast Road. From Westport to Greymouth, the rugged 100km road clings to the coast as it traverses the old towns of Charleston, Fox River, Punakaiki and Rapahoe. Running the edge of the West Coast you’ll be treated to views of stormy surf beaches, wind-worn cliffs and moody skies.
8 Garden Route, South Africa
White sandy beaches, mountainous forests, charming towns and boundless wetlands — the Garden Route has it all. Named after its lush and exotic vegetation, the South African coastal drive travels 300km from the Eastern Cape, through Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Little Brak River and Nature’s valley to Mossel Bay in the Western Cape. With the second-mildest climate in the world, any time is the perfect time for this adventure as temperatures rarely dip below 10 degrees or above 28 degrees.
Top Spot: At the heart of the drive, Knysna is well worth an overnight stop to take in its lush forests, stunning lagoons and adventurous hiking trails.
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