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Route from Queenstown to Picton

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Route from Queenstown to Picton

Hi we are traveling Queenstown to Picton by car withina three day period. Can anyone suggest the best route. Should we consider uo the east coast via Dunedin or through the centre and over the hills.

Any recomendations on places to stay, routes, travel times, etc would be really appreciated.

regards

Cakie

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1. Re: Route from Queenstown to Picton

You have two main choices. (1) Queenstown, Wanaka, Haast Pass, Greymouth, Reefton. (Then you have some choices - north through Murchison to Nelson and across to Picton, northeast through St Arnaud and down the valley through Blenheim, or down the Lewis Pass and up the east coast to Picton) (2) Queenstown, Omarama, Tekapo, Fairlie, Christchurch, Picton. Each is interesting, each involves a lot of driving. About 950-1000km up the west coast routes, about 850km up the east coast. These are all sealed roads but they are all single lane each way, lots of hills and bends, and some slow travelling. Through Dunbedin is even further - about 1150km. There is no one answer and it depends on what you want to see, and do. If you like driving and looking at the scenery and are willing to put in some long hours on the road, I personally would do Queenstown to Franz Josef on day one lakes, mountains, cross a mountain pass, national park and native forest, ending with a visit to a glacier; followed by a trip through to Nelson for the second night (old gold mining country, small towns, more landscapes, ending in a centre known for its art and food, and then across through some rugged but beautiful country to Picton the next day. But others would argue for the chance to see the lakes and plains of the East, time in Christchurch, and the coastal trip throught to Picton, with access to shopping, galleries and museums in Christchurch, whale watching at Kaikoura, and generally easier roads, faster travelling, and a shorter distance. Note that NZ roads, especially in the South Island, are one land each way, many hills bends and no passing areas, and you'll average only about 70-80km of travel each hour. Have a good trip!

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2. Re: Route from Queenstown to Picton

Thanks Thordon, thats very informative and appreciated.

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3. Re: Route from Queenstown to Picton

Hi, I will be doing the reverse route: Picton to Queenstown over a 6 day period next month. I assume that you have finished your trip and was wondering which way you ended up going and how it was. thanks!