West Coast road from Franz J to Grey Mouth is scenic. Riding along the coast and through mountain passages. C=8, R=7, T=2,V=6. Saw a couple of crazy things in Grey Mouth; man in supermarket with bird on shoulder and a toilet only 1 foot off the ground in a Shell station.
Stopped in at Blowholes at Punakaiki (see photos).
Stayed at a crazy little place hidden off the hwy between Greymouth and
Made it to Nelson the next day on very good inland roads (most North American due to quality and ample shoulders). C=9,R=7,T=2,V=7. Stayed at the Paradiso; 12 m pool, spa, sauna and volley ball court! Hostels in Nelson are probably the highest level in NZ.