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Wanaka to Greymouth via Fox Glacier or Lake T / Arthurs P?

Melbourne, Australia
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Wanaka to Greymouth via Fox Glacier or Lake T / Arthurs P?

Hi, A little short on time for a proposed South Island motorhome tour with the wife. From a "must see" drive/scenery perspective I'd be interested in people's views on whether to take the central inland route or along the coast via Haast and the Glaciers?? Thanks

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1. Re: Wanaka to Greymouth via Fox Glacier or Lake T / Arthurs P?

That's a tough call. Arthur's Pass has better alpine scenery and you can stop and see keas at the Bealey hotel and perhaps the visitors center. The Wanaka to Haast to Greymouth drive is pretty amazing too though. Great scenery through Mt Aspiring NP, and awesome rainforest between Haast and Franz Josef. If you have the time to do the 1.5 hour return walk up the valley to Franz Josef glacier (or even better, time to take a tour on either Fox or Franz Josef), then I'd pick the coastal + glaciers route, Both of the glaciers are pretty impressive to see firsthand.

Edited: 15 November 2012, 04:45
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2. Re: Wanaka to Greymouth via Fox Glacier or Lake T / Arthurs P?

are you able to fit your itinerary into a round trip? Christchurch, Arthur's Pass, Hokitika, Franz Joseph, Haast, Wanaka, Queenstown, and return via Cromwell, Lindis Pass, Omarama, Tekapo, Christchurch.

the two routes are as different as chalk and cheese. They are very differnt and both have their wow factor leaving you with a dose of scenery overdose

let us know how much time you have, where you are flying into and where you are flying out.of and we will see what recomendations we can make

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3. Re: Wanaka to Greymouth via Fox Glacier or Lake T / Arthurs P?

Thanks to spurs f and coaster2 for the replys. We might have time to add an extra loop through Arthurs pass when we get back to Christchurch. At this stage, for the sake of making a choice, we will stick to the coast and continue our loop around the island. Cheers.

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