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ChCh to QT itineraries?

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ChCh to QT itineraries?

I know, and do apologise, but just could not find those detailed itineraries mentioned in other posts. Could someone please share a few links 8-]

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1. Re: ChCh to QT itineraries?

How many days?

#1. The shortest distance, and my favurite is SH 8 via Mt Cook. This is the only route that CAN be donein a day but I don't recommendit for tourists.

Chch to Ashburton on SH 1, the inland at Orari to Geraldine & Fairlie ( or head west on 73 and turn south at Darfield for the Inland Scenic route via Rakaia Gorge to Geraldine. Then SH 8 to Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki ( detour to Mt Cook if staying the night); Omarama, Cromwell, QTN. 7-8 hours direct or about 9 hr via Mt Cook.

#2. The more touristy route, which requires a minimum of 3 days IMO is west through Arthurs Pass to Hokitika and Franz Josef gLacier.(5 hours or so straight through). Rest for a day to explore the glaciers and drive through Haast Pass to Wanaka & onto Queenstown ( around 6 hr). If you had 4 days consider the slight detour north to Punakaiki on the first day.

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