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Queenstown to Christchurch

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Queenstown to Christchurch

Hi, we have five days from Queenstown to Christchurch and I would like to seek advice for a good driving route. The fifth day we hv to be at Christchurch airport to catch a 2.30pm flight to Auckland. We are traveling in late nov.

Currently looking at day 1 Wanaka, day 2 Wanaka till late afternoon before traveling to Lake Tekakpo for a night and stars gazing. Day 3 and Day 4 Mt Cook and Day 5 morning drive to CC airport. Will this be ok or is there a better route? Shld we go to Mt Cook first and Lake Tekakpo last? And is two days too long for Mt Cook?

Also would appreciate any suggestions on activities at Wanaka and Mt Cook.

Thanks in advance for your advice.

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1. Re: Queenstown to Christchurch

You wouldn't go to Tekapo and then to Mt Cook as this involves backtracking. Also, what time of the year is your trip? You would not want to drive from Wanaka in late afternoon if in winter. This is for two reasons: the road is dangerous at night due to ice, and it is a very scenic trip. There are many, many itineraries for this combination on here. Perhaps do a search first to get an idea, and then ask specific questions to fine tune it for you.

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2. Re: Queenstown to Christchurch

Nov should be good, but still, do not plan late evening/night driving.... our roads are twisty and there is no street lighting.

1 drive to Wanaka - hike, jet boat, horse ride, wine tour, sky dive, mountain bike, Mou Waho Island...

2 drive Lindis Pass to Aoraki/Mt Cook

3 explore, hike, Tasman glacier and icebergs

4 drive to Tekapo

5 drive to Chch

or...

1 Wanaka

2 explore

3 drive 3 hours to Aoraki/mt Cook, explore

4 drive to Tekapo

5 drive to Chch

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3. Re: Queenstown to Christchurch

Thank you. Thats very helpful. I wld do more research and decide if its better to stay 2 nights in Wanaka or Mt Cook.

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4. Re: Queenstown to Christchurch

There is more to do in Wanaka, and it is a much bigger town.

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5. Re: Queenstown to Christchurch

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