Overview

Enjoy the beautiful drive from Christchurch to Queenstown using this itinerary.  Start out by making your way over Arthur’s Pass, where you can enjoy some of the finest alpine scenery accessible by road in New Zealand.  There are accommodation options here if you wish to slow things down with some time in the mountains.  Descend, then to the beautiful West Coast.  You can stay in Hokitika, or if you don’t mind the extra driving time then make the detour north for a night or two in Punakaiki instead.  Continue to Franz Josef Glacier, then make stops in Wanaka and Queenstown on your way through to one of the scenic highlights of New Zealand; Milford Sound.  End your trip in Queenstown, where there are plenty of domestic and a few international flights to take you home.

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Christchurch
Hokitika
Franz Josef
Wanaka
Queenstown
Te Anau
Queenstown

Itinerary