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“serious high gale force winds in August!”
Review of Crown Range Road

Ranked #263 of 1,218 things to do in South Island
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Owner description: The Crown Range Road is the highest main road in New Zealand and offers amazing views.
Vancouver, Canada
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66 reviews
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“serious high gale force winds in August!”
Reviewed 19 September 2012 via mobile

We drove from Wanaka to Queenstown a few weeks ago not realizing how windy and potentially dangerous the road could be...on a bright sunny dry day! Got out of the car for what we thought would be perfect photo opportunity for gorgeous panorama and the wind was so strong up a small incline over the valley that when my boyfriend tried to take his camera out it nearly blew away!i couldn't stand up top at all it was crazy windy!!!we laughed so much because it was a real surprise and it was strong enough to hold us up. The bf was wearing a windbreaker jacket which very nearly turned into a paragliding jacket. Scary!!!!use caution if you get out of your car on this beautiful but potentially dangerous road!

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Kuching, Malaysia
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“Stunning view”
Reviewed 17 June 2012

This was one of the highlights of our 14 days South-North NZ islands road trip. The view is simply stunning and spectacular, especially when we were at the highest point of it overlooked the view across the Crown range, Cardrona Valley, Queenstown-Frankton and Arrowtown. Best time to go is always the Autumn, when you can the trees with different colors of leaf across the valley. It is just so breathtaking! The zigzag road of the final leg towards Queenstown (right before you reach Arrowtown) is quite challenging, yet is very fun to try.

Visited May 2012
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Tucson
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“Frightening, but spectacular!”
Reviewed 12 June 2009

Looking at the map, and figuring it was a good shortcut from Wanaka to Arrowtown, a friend and I drove over this road in the dead of winter, August 3, 1989 (20 years ago). My notes read: "The map did not indicate that much of Highway 89 is narrow, winding, unpaved, muddy, slippery, filled with ruts, and incredibly precipitous. ... However, it must be said that the descent from the Crown Range into the alpine valley below provided the most breathtaking late afternoon view I have ever seen. The distant mountains were magnificent, and Arrowtown's lights, and probably those of Queenstown as well, could be seen warm and cozy in the distance." We made it without chains. How, God only knows.

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Portsmouth, UK
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“Great views over Queenstown”
Reviewed 24 March 2009

Shortest route from Wanaka to Queenstown, but quite probably slower, as it's very windy. However, it's well worth it - absolutely spectacular views over Queenstown. We'll definitely go that way again if we visit the area again and it's as beautiful a day as we got this time.

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Wanaka, New Zealand
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“highest highway in NZ!”
Reviewed 13 November 2008

the quickest way to link Wanaka with Queenstown is the Crown Range road. During Winter the road is subject to snow and chains are sometimes essential to cross it. there are chain fitting bays on either side of the pass. the road winds its way up to the summit where stunning views of the Queenstown basin can be had. Many places to stop for photos. Take your time

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