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Makarora or Wanaka

Perth
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Makarora or Wanaka

Hi we are travelling from Westport to Franz Josef and as I believe it is best to do a helicopter/walk on the glazier early morning rather than the afternoon thought we would stay overnight, and do it the next day say 8.00am, have a relax in the hot spring and then head off towards Queenstown around 1.00pm.

Would you suggest to break the trip after our glazier trip to stop overnight in Makarora or Wanaka?

Any suggestions much appreciated.

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1. Re: Makarora or Wanaka

Makarora is a VERY small settlement. There is a pub/restaurant and an accommodation place, but otherwise, there is nothing else there. This is lovely if you like isolation and a very rural place to stop for the night. Wanaka is the better option if you want to stop in a proper town. It is approx an extra 45min drive to Wanaka.

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2. Re: Makarora or Wanaka

Thank you.

Would it be better then to continue on to Queenstown instead of stopping if we left Franz Josef around 1pm?

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3. Re: Makarora or Wanaka

Why skip Wanaka? - it is a gem of a place, many prefer it over Queenstown.

Visitors average 6 hours for the drive Franz to Wanaka if stopping for a couple of short walks along the way - plenty of walks, lakes, rivers, views and waterfalls to explore. Plus Wanaka has a whole host of activities to enjoy.

So spend a night or two in Wanaka - you won't regret it :)

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4. Re: Makarora or Wanaka

Ok will do some research today - thanking you.

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5. Re: Makarora or Wanaka

Makarora or Wanaka...no contest - WANAKA

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6. Re: Makarora or Wanaka

Bump

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7. Re: Makarora or Wanaka

Wanaka is a must see .....

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8. Re: Makarora or Wanaka

Thank you will start looking at accommodation in Wanaka....

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