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Drive from Fox Glacier to Wanaka

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Drive from Fox Glacier to Wanaka

Hi. As it will be a long drive considering the many scenic stopovers, is it possible to sleep in a small town in between and break this route into 2D? We're planning 11D south island in Apr and found a problem at this part. I need help please.

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1. Re: Drive from Fox Glacier to Wanaka

The only small town is Haast, which is not usually recommended because of the sandflies! There is also accommodation at Makarora. However the actual distance to be driven isn't great and assuming you have a fine day, allowing 6 hr to get to Wanaka should be fine.

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2. Re: Drive from Fox Glacier to Wanaka

This is our 11D itinerary, please kindly give your comments.

1. Arrive at Christchurch

2. Trans alpine from Christchurch to Greymouth

3. Collect car, drive from Greymouth to the Glacier

4. Glacier

5. Glacier to Wanaka

6. Glacier to Wanaka Part 2?

7. Wanaka to Queenstown

8. Queenstown

9. Queenstown to Lake Tekapo

10. Lake Tekapo to Christchurch

11. Depart from Christchurch

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3. Re: Drive from Fox Glacier to Wanaka

Drive to Fox Glacier on Day 3 and stay there for 2 Nights.

On Day 4 visit lake matheson early for reflections at the viewing platform and then do the other activities during the day

On Day 5 Leave early and drive to Wanaka and stop at Haast Cafe (for a coffee) on the way just to break it up a bit. There is lots to see but you don't need to stop at all if you don't want.

Things to see on the way down from FG to Wanaka

Fox Glacier to Wanaka Goes through Mount Aspiring National Park

Lake Moeraki, Knights Point Lookout, Ship Creek, Haast Bridge and Rapids, Roaring Billy Falls, Pleasant Flats, Fantail Falls, Thunder Creek Falls, Blue Pools walk , Makaroa , Lake Hawea

Stay at Wanaka 2 Nights Day 5 and Day 6 to relax a bit before onward travels.

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4. Re: Drive from Fox Glacier to Wanaka

It's a lovely drive and some of the stops are fairly short. You don't need to stop at all of them if you don't want to and I think when you arrive in Wanaka you'll be happy you didn't stay in Haast or Makaroa.

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5. Re: Drive from Fox Glacier to Wanaka

Day 2 - no need or incentive to stay at Greymouth. Either drive to Hokitika or all the way to FJG/Fox glacier. If you stay at Hokitika, head out to Hokitikia Gorge on Day 3 before driving to the glaciers.

Two nights at Wanaka is pure bliss! So enjoy the drive from the glaciers to Wanaka, knowing you have a 2-night stay at Wanaka.

If accommodation is available, overnight at Mt Cook rather than Lake Tekapo. The views are incredible there and change whenever you take a stroll somewhere. Lake Tekapo is pretty, but the view is static and you'll be ready to move on quickly. You drive right through Tekapo on your way to Christchurch, so stop for 20 minutes to get fuel and take some photos and move on.

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6. Re: Drive from Fox Glacier to Wanaka

Tyvm for all the replies.

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