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Christchurch to Queenstown via Franz Joseph

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Christchurch to Queenstown via Franz Joseph

Hi All,

We are a party of four travelling from Christchurch to Queenstown in September this year. We have allowed ourselves three days and were keen to include Franz Joseph en route. In this reasonable and can anyone recommend a route to take.

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Marian

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1. Re: Christchurch to Queenstown via Franz Joseph

Welcome! I'm sure you know that Chch to glaciers to Queenstown is a long way (745 km) and travel time is about 12 hours. The split is limited by the lack of towns along the West Coast. IMO 3 days is the minimum time needed, with 4 days (or even 3 & a bit) ideal.

Day 1. Chch to Franz Josef Glacier - takes about 5 hours driving, with short stops for coffee, photos & lunch at Arthurs Pass & Hokitika making this a long day (7-8 hours); Fox Glacier is 20 minutes further on.

Day 2. ideally you would allow all day to explore, walk to the glacier or take a hell-hike. The advantage of being at Fox is that you can still take a guided walk onto the glacier without needing the hell flight for access.

Day 3. Here is where the problem lies with only 3 days. FJG to QTN is a very long day, although staying at Fox would knock 20 minutes off. It would be better to stay the night in Wanaka and complete the final 90 minutes to QTN on day 4

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2. Re: Christchurch to Queenstown via Franz Joseph

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