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Route options from nelson to lumsden

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Route options from nelson to lumsden

Hi all, I don't think that there is a right answer but your views would be most welcome..

I have 5 days and four nights in mid November to travel between Nelson and Lumsden.

For the first part:

should I take the coast road via Kaikoura


the Molesworth dirt trail (car hire permitting) between Blenheim and Hanmer Springs?

Onto north of Canterbury


Should I go via Arthur's Pass and West coast and glaciers to Wanaka


Tekapo, Pukaki, Lindis pass to Wanaka.


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1. Re: Route options from nelson to lumsden

A lot depends on if you want to get there quickly or what type of scenery interests you most or what you want to do along the way.

One route you didnt mention is nelson, Murchison, Down the Buller gorge to Westport and punakaiki, greymouth Hokitika Glaciers, Wanaka, Queenstown, Lumsden. then you may also need to think where you are returning to and what route.

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2. Re: Route options from nelson to lumsden

I have never heard of anyone taking a rental car across Molesworth Station. I think Coaster's route would be the best over 5 days.

However it all depends on whether you want the most scenic/quickest or what. A quicker route would be Nelson to Chch via Lewis Pass; Chch to Mt Cook or Lake Tekapo to Lumsden. This is the route given by AAmaps.

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3. Re: Route options from nelson to lumsden

Suggest you take a good look at this before you embark on Molesworth. Click on the link for the PDF brochure.


Edited: 23 August 2014, 06:42
Poulton Le Fylde...
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4. Re: Route options from nelson to lumsden

Thanks all,

I'd already seen the govt. advice and it looks easier/safer than some of the Death Valley back roads I've driven, though it looks like a long day in the saddle as it were.

The rental co has come back with approval for anywhere save beaches and skippers canyon, which surprised me too!

I like to take the road less travelled, and was hoping that somebody would say that it offers something unique. I guess I'll wing it when the time arrives.

Thanks again for your time/input

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