The trip from Greymouth to Westport is rated by lonely planet as one of the 10 best scenic trips in the world. The coast is awash with iron clad sand and at times the road runs hundreds of feet above the thunderous Tasman sea. This road juts inland at times through beautiful untouched forests but mostly follows the roar and sight of the sea. Punakaiki is about 40 minutes by car from the Paroa Hotel and is the half way point between Westport and Greymouth, check out the link on Punakaiki for more information on this must see attraction. The glorious bush that dominates the road as you glide through it is saturated with nikau palms offering a sub-tropical look to the landscape. This is very unique to this part of New Zealand and is complimented by the dense native ferns. Drive only 10 minuutes off the main road to The Cape Foulwind Seal colony and see the New Zealand fur seal at play. Watch this video on the seals at the colony. Seal Colony. There are many sights and activities to do along the way and most do not cost anything to do, speak to us at Paroa Hotel for the best independent advice on what to do on your trip. The drive from Greymouth to Westport takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes without stops.