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stopover between christchurch and wanaka

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stopover between christchurch and wanaka

we are 2 excited families driving from christchurch to wanaka and back again in the end of sept 12 and would love any advice re the BEST stopover with kids in mind and any others great places of interest or beauty that are must see. We're all fit and kids ages are 10-13

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It depends on what you are looking for? I think Lake Tekapo with its' plethora of places to stay, scenery, walks and the heated pools with ice skating and tubing added would suit you and the children? The other alternative would be Mt Cook.


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My vote for scenery and "free" things to do - ie walks, would be Mt Cook. You could save money by renting a cabin at Glentanner Sation, with or wothout facilities and cook in their excellent communal kitchen or BBQ pavilion. If restaurants & shops are important to you then Lake Tekapo has more to offer. Either way, don't miss the drive to the top of Mt John for the view and the good coffee!!

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another place to think of is Omarama, there is excellent accomodation and of course some of the best Gliding in NZ (or the world for that matter) so treat the Adults to a 'trial flight'

anther place which has a strong link to the history of the McKenzie country is Twizel. now the accomodation is variable, (from great hotels through to recycled workers barracks) but if you want great (well Excellent really) fishing, then some of the best salmon fishing in the world.

have fun there is plenty of choice and no ' wrong answers'

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4. Re: stopover between christchurch and wanaka

Aoraki/Mt Cook - the kids will love cruising amongst the icebergs at Tasman glacier terminal lake http://www.glacierexplorers.com/

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