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Christchurch to Queenstown

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The Journey

This classic New Zealand road trip keeps the Southern Alps in your sights, amidst idyllic rural scenes, surreal blue lakes and rivers.  Along the way are world-class wineries, diverse hiking and cycling trails, and enough extreme activities to satisfy the most serious of adrenaline junkies.  From the majestic Lake Tekapo, the mountain ranges of Wanaka and Queenstown and the quaintness of Arrowtown - year round this road trip will deliver!

Travel

6 days


Route

Christchurch to Queenstown

716km


Best Time of the Year

Oct-Mar

Highlights

  • Lake Tekapo
  • Aoraki/Mt Cook
  • Wanaka
  • Arrowtown
  • Queenstown

The Journey

Days

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Day 1
Christchurch to Geraldine

Distance 139km - Driving Time 2 hours

Day 2
Geraldine to Lake Tekapo

Distance 105km - Driving Time 2 hours

Day 3
Lake Tekapo to Aoraki/Mount Cook

Distance 115km - Driving Time 1.5 hours

Day 4
Aoraki/Mount Cook to Wanaka

Distance 236km - Driving Time 3 hours

Day 5
Wanaka to Arrowtown

Distance 100km - Driving Time 1.30 hours

Day 6
Arrowtown to Queenstown

Distance 21km - Driving Time 25 mins

Day 7
SIDE TRIP: Central Otago to Carrick Wines Winery Haven

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