The 130km between the coast and the brooding Seaward Kaikoura Range from Blenheim to Kaikoura is one of the most spectacular coastal roads in New Zealand. It is best to allow plenty of time for frequent stops along the gorgeous stretches of coastline. Around 20km south of Blenheim a sign points inland towards Molesworth Station and Hanmer Springs.

Lake Grassmere, 50km south of Blenheim, is a vast shallow salt lake, which annually produces 70,000 tonnes a year of table salt. Cyclists may want to overnight 20km south of the salt works at Pedallers Rest Cycle Stop.

From Lake Grassmere, you’re now following the coast, with grey gravel beaches all the way and accessible at various points. Almost 90km out of Blenheim, the rocky Kekerengu Point juts out and makes a great place to watch the crashing waves while stopping in at The Store for a bite to eat.

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