Touring Routes

Queenstown to Christchurch

A breathtaking road trip from Queenstown to Christchurch via the West Coast, have your camera ready!

CATEGORY

Self-drive

DURATION

4 days,3 nights

DISTANCE

454 mi / 731 km

BEST TIME

Anytime


Day One

2 hours 54 mins, 206 km

Day 1: Queenstown to Haast

Journey through to Lake Wanaka and see the famous tree.

Take in the wonders of this World Heritage area.

Explore Fantail Falls and Ships Creek.

Stay the night in Haast.

Around Haast


Day Two

1 hour 31 mins, 121 km

Day 2: Haast to Fox Glacier

Journey by car into Glacier Country.

Sign up for a heli-hike on Fox Glacier.

Explore Lake Matheson.

Stay the night in Fox Glacier.

Around Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier


Day Three

2 hours 28 mins, 185 km

Day 3: Fox Glacier to Kumara

Drive through to Hokitika, take in the many jade shops, then venture out to explore Hokitika Gorge.

Continue through to Kumara.

Explore the historic baths of Kumara.

Go by bike and venture on the West Coast Wilderness Trail.

Dine and stay at the Royal Theatre Hotel in Kumara.

Around Hokitika


Day Four

2 hours 59 mins, 219 km

Day 4: Kumara to Christchurch

Continue through to Canterbury and drive through Arthur’s Pass.

Around Hokitika


Itinerary Map


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