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3 nights between Queenstown and Christchurch, advice needed.

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3 nights between Queenstown and Christchurch, advice needed.

We will be travelling from Queenstown to Christchurch on the 30th of September going via the Lindis Pass. We have 3 nights up our sleeve as our flight doesn't leave Christchurch until 2.45pm on the 3rd October. My thoughts were 2 nights at either Aoraki/Mt Cook or Lake Tekapo and 1 night at Akaroa. I can't decide between Mt Cook and Lake Tekapo - any advice? Would it be better to do 1 night Mt Cook, 1 night Lake Tekapo and then 1 night Akaroa?

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1. Re: 3 nights between Queenstown and Christchurch, advice needed.

Mt Cook is the better option for the night. It is pretty much just accommodation places and a pub - no store, but is a lovely place to spend a couple of days. Tekapo is more of a stop for lunch sort of place - although Mt John the observatory is worth a look if the sky is clear. You could plan to spend 2 nights in Cook, and one in Tekapo (for observatory), or Akaroa would also be a good alternative for the last night. If you are happy to do 3 x 1 night, then you would have a bit of everything. Mt Cook is only 2.5 hours from QT, so you would have a good potrtion of a day there, plus a lot of the next if only moving as far as Tekapo that night.

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2. Re: 3 nights between Queenstown and Christchurch, advice needed.

There is more to do at Mt Cook, if you like walking. There is also the Glacier Explorers Tour to see the icebergs on Lake Tasman. 2 nights there would be more relaxing, however it does leave you with quite a long drive to get to Akaroa on the 2 nd.

If you don't mind 3 x 1 N stays or you want to do the Star-gazing tour at Mt John, then stay at Tekapo on the 1st. There is really no wrong choice. Weather might be a consideration as Tekapo is further from the mountains , thus more likely to be dry in a NWer.

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3. Re: 3 nights between Queenstown and Christchurch, advice needed.

Hi,

Mt Cook.

Cheers,

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4. Re: 3 nights between Queenstown and Christchurch, advice needed.

Aoraki/Mt Cook :)

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