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traveling South from Christchurch to Queenstown???

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traveling South from Christchurch to Queenstown???

We are planning a drive South from Christchurch to Queenstown with a free day or two to spare. Any suggested route;beautiful scenery, easy drive,taking it easy?

Thank you in advance for your help.

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1. Re: traveling South from Christchurch to Queenstown???

With only a "day or two" there is really only one route - straight down the middle, stopping either at Aoraki/Mt Cook for 1-2 nights or Lake Tekapo & Wanaka for 1 night each.

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2. Re: traveling South from Christchurch to Queenstown???

We are just back from a seven day trip on the South Island with not a lot of spare days in our itinerary. We drove from Christchurch to Wanaka via Lake Tekapo in one day. We made Lake Tekapo our lunch stop, after a couple of stops along the way, including Fairlie, where we lucked into a Labour Weekend American car rally event. From Lake Tekapo we travelled on to Wanaka, with a stop at the Lake Pukaki overlook for great views of Mt. Cook on a perfectly clear, gorgeous blue sky day. We arrived in Wanaka at about 3:30 in the afternoon. We had three drivers so this was possible with no one getting too tired along the way.

I would suggest you research the kinds of things available to do at Aoraki/Mt. Cook and from Wanaka and use this as the basis for your decision as to where you will spend your extra time. I agree with zhuhai2007 that one night each at Aoraki/Mt. Cook and Wanaka would fit the requirements of taking it easy and providing an easy drive.

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4. Re: traveling South from Christchurch to Queenstown???

Mt. Cook/Aoraki is not strictly on the way, though, right?

I.e. if you were driving straight from Christchurch to Queenstown, you'd pass Lake Tekapo, but not Mt. Cook. It's about 45 min out of the way.

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5. Re: traveling South from Christchurch to Queenstown???

That's right. You would go from Lake Tekapo to Lake Pukaki where you can see Mt Cook at the head of the lake - that is, on a clear day! You need to turn off after Pukaki to go in to Mt Cook. It is worth doing if you have the time and the weather is reasonably clear. You would be right in the heart of the Southern Alps with spectacular scenery.

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6. Re: traveling South from Christchurch to Queenstown???

By the way how long is the drive from ChCh to Aoraki/Mt Cook?

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7. Re: traveling South from Christchurch to Queenstown???

5:15hr according to the YHA map; 4:41 according to the usually very accurate AA website. It does depend on how many photos you take along the way ;-)

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