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Driving from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo then to Queenstown

by rick7441 »

What should I expect to encounter on this tour ?   We will be there the first week of November 2014. Any suggestions would be most appreciated .


thanks  Tekapo




RE: Driving from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo then to Queenstown

by /bio/passarinho9 »

This link should be useful:

Don't miss Mt. John Observatory above Lake Tekapo. See the Church of the Good Shepherd and the sheep dog statue (lakeside).

In Mt. Cook Village, you can hike or take a boat trip onto Tasman Lake:

From Omarama to Wanaka, you'll take the hauntingly desolate and beautiful Lindis Pass. Drive carefully, this road sees more that its share of accidents.

Lots to do and see in and around Wanaka (many days worth), but you will just pass through. It makes a good base for explorations of Mt. Aspiring National Park. The drive from Wanaka toward Haast Pass, past Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea, is stunning.

From Wanaka to Queenstown, you can take the fastest route via Crown Range Road. High, curvy road with great views:

Or take the long way around via Cromwell, heart of Central Otago's wine region and about a 10 minute drive from the wineries of Bannockburn. From Cromwell to Queenstown, you'll drive through beautiful Kawarau Gorge. Drive carefully through here, too. This is not hyperbole; this road also sees more than its share of accidents. After Kawarau Gorge, you'll pass through pretty Gibbston Valley--more wineries and the original Kawarau Bridge Bungy.