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Drive from Te Anau to Lake Tekapo in one day in December

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Drive from Te Anau to Lake Tekapo in one day in December

Any advice please.Is this too long a trip ?If not,which is the best route.

Nelson, New Zealand
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1. Re: Drive from Te Anau to Lake Tekapo in one day in December

You are passing through one of the most beautiful areas of the world and yet you won't actually see anything if you rush through.

Slow down, take your time. Spend a couple of nights somewhere (Wanaka is highly recommended!) to do some sightseeing, then continue the drive taking the opportunity to stop and experience the scenery.

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2. Re: Drive from Te Anau to Lake Tekapo in one day in December

It's between 5 and 6 hours, but you should factor in rest and sightseeing breaks

THe quickest route is via Frankton (Queenstown) Cromwell, Lindis Pass, Omarama.

If you want to go via Wanaka the shortest route is over the crown Range. Not sure how much longer this would take. The Crown Range sector is about 1 hour, Maybe 5-1/2 to 6-1/2 hours. Of course you will want to stop in Wanaka, and that will take a couple of hours.

3. Re: Drive from Te Anau to Lake Tekapo in one day in December

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